COMETS SQUANDER TWO-GOAL LEAD, FALL TO MARLIES IN OTApr 5, 2018
Toronto, Ont. – The Utica Comets fell to the Toronto Marlies by a score of 3-2 in overtime Thursday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum.
Jalen Chatfield drew first blood five minutes into the game, firing a wrist shot past Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks. Tanner MacMaster and Lukas Jasek picked up the assists. MacMaster extended the lead three and a half minutes later. Jasek and Michael Chaput tallied the assists.
Pierre Engvall cut the lead to 2-1 just 1:39 into the second period, putting a one-timer past Richard Bachman. Dmytro Timashov and Andrew Nielsen had the assists.
Vincent LoVerde tied the game at two with 8:07 to go in the third period. Nielsen and Trevor Moore were credited with the assists. Bachman and Sparks were perfect in the last eight minutes to send the game to overtime.
Adam Brooks scored the game-winning goal with 32 seconds left in overtime to win the game with assists from Justin Holl and Moore.
Bachman finished with 39 saves and his record falls to 13-12-5. Sparks stopped 23 shots. His record improves to 30-9-2. The Comets did not have a power play, while the penalty kill was a perfect 3-3.
The Comets return to action tomorrow night for a rematch with the Marlies. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange site, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.