COMETS TRAVEL TO BINGHAMTON TO DUEL WITH DEVILSDec 14, 2019
UTICA COMETS (15-9-1-2) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (7-15-4-0)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets go toe-to-toe with the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets surrendered three goals in the opening frame and couldn’t recover as they fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-3 Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Reid Boucher, Jonah Gadjovich, and Carter Camper scored for the Comets. Boucher’s goal tied Darren Archibald’s team record for career goals scored. Zane McIntyre made 19 saves in the loss.
Head to Head: This is the seventh of eight meetings between the North Division rivals this season. Utica leads the season series 4-1-1-0, but Binghamton won the most recent contest 5-4 in overtime back on November 20. The Comets have outscored the Devils 21-16 through six games.
Scouting the Devils: Binghamton comes in with a record of 7-15-4-0 and sits in last place in the North Division. They most recently lost to the Springfield Thunderbirds 5-3 last night. Ben Street leads the offense with 27 points, followed by Brett Seney with 22 points. Gilles Senn is the top netminder with a record of 4-5-2, a 3.12 goals-against average, and a .892 save percentage.
Devil’s Advocate: A trio of Comets have dominated the Devils so far this season. Reid Boucher, Francis Perron, and Brogan Rafferty lead the Comets with six points apiece against Binghamton. Boucher has points in three of last his four, Rafferty has points in five straight, and Perron has recorded two multi-point efforts against the Devils.
Red Hot: Speaking of Boucher, the man could not be hotter. Boucher is riding a nine-game point streak, picking up 13 points (5-8-13). He also tied Darren Archibald’s team record for career goals (75) and leads the league in goals and is second in points. The forward has 32 points (19-13-32) in 22 games this year.
Unstoppable: The Comets power play is giving their opponents fits lately. Utica has scored a goal on the man advantage in 14 straight games, going 22-65 (33.8%) during that stretch. Additionally, the Comets have six games with more than one power play goal during that time span.
Going Camping: Carter Camper is quietly having a strong season. Camper has five points (1-4-5) in his last five games, including a goal and an assist last night for his fourth multi-point game of the year. The veteran forward has 17 points (3-14-17) in 19 games.
Next Game: The Comets are back at it Wednesday night on the road against the Belleville Senators. Puck drop at CAA Arena is at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.