Utica, N.Y. – The Utica Comets fell to the Springfield Thunderbirds by a score of 3-2 Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Adam Comrie put the Comets up 1-0 just over two minutes into the game, banking a shot off of Springfield goaltender Harri Sateri. Griffen Molino and Patrick Wiercioch picked up the assists.
Greg Chase tied the game at one four minutes into the second period, putting a rebound past Richard Bachman. Sam Kurker and Curtis Valk were credited with the assists. Reid Boucher scored shorthanded with 7:10 remaining in the middle frame. The unassisted goal broke Darren Archibald’s single-season goal record of 23. Thomas Schemitsch tied the game at two with under a minute to go in the second. Jayce Hawryluk and Cameron Brown had the assists.
Anthony Greco gave the Thunderbirds a 3-2 lead at the 11:15 mark of the third period with an unassisted goal. Springfield held off the Comets' late flurry to secure the win.
Bachman finished with 25 saves and his record falls to 10-8-4. Sateri made 31 saves. His record improves to 8-6-0. The Comets power play went 0-5, while the penalty kill did not allow a goal in three attempts.
The Comets return to the ice Friday, March 2 when they take on the Belleville Senators. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.