UTICA COMETS (6-0-0-0) vs. HERSHEY BEARS (4-3-1-0)
Giant Center, 7 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets head to Chocolatetown to battle the Hershey Bears. Puck drop at the Giant Center is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: Depth scoring was the key as the Utica Comets rolled to a 5-1 win over the Binghamton Devils to stay undefeated Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Vincent Arseneau scored twice, while Carter Bancks, Kole Lind, and Reid Boucher also found the net for Utica. Zane McIntyre stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn his fourth straight win.
Head-to-Head: This is the first meeting between the Comets and Bears this season. The two teams split last year’s series, with each team winning one game apiece. Utica is 3-6-1-0 in the last five seasons against Hershey.
Scouting the Bears: Hershey comes in with a record of 4-3-1-0 and sits in third place in the Atlantic Division. They most recently lost to the Rochester Americans 5-1 Wednesday night. Mike Sgarbossa leads the way offensively with eight points, followed by Christian Djoos with seven points. Pheonix Copley is the top netminder with a 2-2-1 record, a 2.13 goals-against average, and a .920 save percentage.
Bear Hunters: Reid Boucher and Zack MacEwen were stellar against Hershey last season. The two forward each tallied two points in two games against the Bears last season. So far this year. Boucher has 12 points (9-3-12) in six games and MacEwen has six (2-4-6) points in six games.
Welcome Back, Cap: Carter Bancks returned from injury and made an immediate impact. Bancks scored the first goal of the night last night and has recorded at least one point in every game he’s played in this year.
Perron The Money: Francis Perron has been on a heater. Perron has netted a point in four straight games, including two multi-point games during that stretch. The forward has five points (1-4-5) in four games this year.
On Fire: Utica’s offense has exploded to start the year. The Comets have won four straight by four or more goals. Additionally, Utica has scored at least four goals in every game this year. The Comets are outscoring opponents 34-12 through six games.
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Wednesday night when they host the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The