Two Comets Pegged as All Stars

by Mark Caswell, Jr.

Apr 9, 2015

The Utica Comets, in conjunction with American Hockey League, have announced the goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, have been named to 2014-15 AHL Second All-Star Team, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

Jacob Markstrom set the tone early for what would be a memorable 2014-15 season in Utica, posting three consecutive shutouts from Oct. 17-25 and earning CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month honors for October. Markstrom is now second in the AHL with a 1.91 goals-against average and third with a .932 save percentage while posting a 19-7-2 record for the Comets, who continue to battle for the best record in the AHL after missing the playoffs a year ago. Markstrom, who has allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of his 28 starts, has also made three NHL appearances with Vancouver this season, and was co-MVP of the 2015 AHL All-Star Game.

In his seventh professional season, Bobby Sanguinetti has set personal bests with 16 goals and a plus-22 rating for Utica in 2014-15 to earn a selection as a Second Team AHL All-Star, his first career postseason nod. One of 10 players with double-digit goals in a Comets uniform this season, Sanguinetti has contributed six game-winning tallies – most among AHL defensemen – with three of those coming in overtime. The former first-round draft choice (2006 by the New York Rangers) has a total of 38 points in 58 games for Utica.

The complete 2014-15 AHL All-Star Teams are as follows:

2014-15 AHL First All-Star Team

G Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins      38gp, 24-9-3, 1.50gaa, .943sv%, 12so
D Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons                                           57gp, 17+31=48pts., -6, 8 PPG
D Chris Wideman, Binghamton Senators                 70gp, 17+37=54pts., +5, 7 PPG, 3 GWG
LW Chris Bourque, Hartford Wolf Pack                                 67gp, 27+32=59pts., +2, 10 PPG
C Andy Miele, Grand Rapids Griffins                        66gp, 24+43=67pts., +12, 8 PPG, 4 GWG
RW Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins       46gp, 34+27=61pts., +1, 10 PPG, 6 GWG

2014-15 AHL Second All-Star Team

G Jacob Markstrom, Utica Comets                                   28gp, 19-7-2, 1.91gaa, .932sv%, 5so
D Colin Miller, Manchester Monarchs                     65gp, 17+30=47pts., +8, 10 PPG, 3 GWG
D Bobby Sanguinetti, Utica Comets                       58gp, 16+22=38pts., +22, 6 PPG, 6 GWG
LW Shane Prince, Binghamton Senators                  67gp, 25+34=59pts., +6, 9 PPG, 5 GWG
C Jordan Weal, Manchester Monarchs                      70gp, 19+46=65pts., +7, 8 PPG, 6 GWG
RW Brian O’Neill, Manchester Monarchs                66gp, 22+52=74pts., +25, 9 PPG, 7 GWG

The winner of the 2014-15 Eddie Shore Award (outstanding defenseman) will be announced Friday.

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