UTICA COMETS (7-0-0-0) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (3-4-2-0)
Adirondack Bank Center, 7 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets look to stay undefeated on the season as they face off against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: Michael DiPietro made 38 saves on his way to first star honors, and Reid Boucher earned the shootout winner as the Utica Comets defeated the Hershey Bears by a 2-1 margin on Saturday night at Giant Center. Adam Gaudette scored the lone goal in regulation for Utica.
Head to Head: This is the third meeting between the Comets and Devils this season. Utica has won both matchups so far, most recently taking a 5-1 decision last Friday. The Comets are 10-5-2-0 at home against Binghamton in the last five seasons.
Scouting the Devils: Binghamton comes in with a record of 3-4-2-0 and sits in seventh place in the North Division. They most recently beat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in overtime this past Saturday. Chris Conner and Brett Seney pace the Devils offense with 10 points apiece. Evan Cormier is the leading netminder with a record of 1-3-1, a 3.44 goals-against average, and a .902 save percentage.
Home Cookin’: The Comets have been lights out at home to start the season. Utica has outscored opponents 26-6 at the Adirondack Bank Center so far. Additionally, Reid Boucher, Nikolay Goldobin, and Kole Lind have recorded points in all four home games, while Sven Baertschi, Zack MacEwen, Francis Perron, and Justin Bailey have notched at least one point in three of the four home games.
InZane: Zane McIntyre has been a brick wall in net so far this year. McIntyre holds a 1.98 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. He is also the second goaltender in Comets history to win his first four starts of the season with the Comets.
Stellar Kill: The penalty kill has been a big factor in the successful start for the Comets this season. Utica has only allowed two power play goals through seven games and has killed off 18 straight penalties at home and 21 straight overall. The Comets penalty kill ranks second in the league at 93.1%.
Chasing History: Reid Boucher is closing in on another Comets team record. Boucher is nine goals back of tying Darren Archibald’s record of 75 career goals as a Comet. The forward leads the league with nine goals and Is second in the league in points (12).
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Friday night against the Providence Bruins. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.