COMETS TRAVEL TO BINGHAMTON TO FACE DEVILSFeb 23, 2019
UTICA COMETS (29-19-5-2) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (23-28-5-0)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets faceoff against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
Last Game: The Utica Comets jumped out to a 3-0 lead but were unable to hold on as they fell to the Rochester Americans 4-3 in overtime Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Tanner Kero, Reid Gardiner, and Guillaume Brisebois scored for Utica. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 32 shots in the loss.
Head-to-Head: This is the eighth meeting between the Comets and Devils this season. Binghamton leads the season series 4-3-0-0, but the Comets won the most recent matchup 5-2 back on January 18. The scoring has been dead even at 23 through seven games.
Scouting the Devils: Binghamton comes in with a record of 23-28-5-0 and sits in last place in the North Division. They most recently beat the Belleville Senators 5-3 last night. Blake Pietila leads the offense with 33 points, followed by Michael McLeod with 31 points. Mackenzie Blackwood is the top netminder with a record of 8-10-1, a 2.95 goals-against average, and .902 save percentage.
On A Roll: The Comets keep rolling along. Despite last night’s overtime loss, the Comets pushed their point streak to eight, a season high for the team. Additionally, the Comets are riding a three-game road point streak coming into tonight.
Half Century Mark: Reid Boucher’s big season continues. With an assist last night, Boucher became the third player in Comets history to record 50 points in a single season. Pascal Pelletier currently holds the record for most points in a season with 62. The 50 points is a career high for the forward, who has put up 24 goals and 26 assists in 43 games this season.
Blue Line Offense: Evan McEneny has been terrific on the back end for the Comets. McEneny has points in five of his last six games, collecting two goals and four assists. The defenseman is having a career year, tallying 29 points (8-21-29) in 53 games this year.
Putting In Overtime: The Comets have had a knack for overtime lately. Four of Utica’s last five games have gone to overtime, including three in a row. Including shootouts, Utica has gone to extra time on 11 occasions this season, going 4-7 overall.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Wednesday night when they take on the Rochester Americans. 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 TV.