Utica, N.Y. – The Utica Comets topped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 5-4 in overtime Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Michael Carcone struck 1:31 into the game, burying a rebound past Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry to give the Comets a 1-0 lead. Wacey Hamilton tallied the assist. Michael Chaput made it 2-0 nine minutes later with a power play goal. Dylan Blujus and Patrick Wiercioch picked up the assists. Chaput netted his second of the night with 4:33 to go in the opening frame. Tanner MacMaster and Jaime Sifers collected the assists. Jean-Sebastian Dea got the Penguins on the board 29 seconds later. Daniel Sprong had the lone assist.
Sprong put the Penguins within one five and a half minutes into the second period, putting a one-timer past Thatcher Demko. Gage Quinney collected the assist. Zac Lynch put the Comets back up by two with at the 16:58 mark of the second period. Carcone and Hamilton registered the assists. The goal was Lynch’s first marker as a Comet.
Tom Kostopoulos brought the Penguins to within one with 8:45 to go in the third period. Jarrett Burton and Adam Johnson had the assists. Quinney tied the game at four with 2:07 to go in regulation with an unassisted goal to send the game to overtime.
Ashton Sautner scored the game winning goal 1:15 into overtime to win the game. MacMaster and Chaput picked up the helpers.
Demko finished with 37 saves to improve his record to 22-11-6. Jarry stopped 33 shots. His record falls to 6-2-2. The Comets power play went 1-6, while the penalty kill did not allow a goal in four attempts
The Comets return to the ice tomorrow night for game 10 of the Galaxy Cup series against the Syracuse Crunch. Puck drop at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena is at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.