Utica v Binghamton, Part IIIDec 17, 2016
UTICA COMETS (10-13-2-1) vs. BINGHAMTON SENATORS (8-15-2-1)
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, 7:05 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets seek revenge after suffering a road loss to the Senators last weekend. The teams will square off tonight at 7:05 p.m.
After being shutout for the first time all season, the Comets play a team they have yet to beat this season. The Senators and the Comets play for the third time this season and second occasion in Binghamton.
Last Game: The Utica offense was held silent against St. John’s last night. Charlie Lindgren registered his first professional shutout last night with a 33-save performance. Yannick Veilleux, Jeremy Gregoire and Daniel Audette scored for IceCaps to give them three consecutive victories against the Comets to start the season series. Thatcher Demko made 17 saves in the loss.
Head-to-Head: Binghamton took the Comets Home Opener on October 26 by the score of 2-1 on October 26. Last weekend, the Comets fell by a score of 4-3 in regulation. Max McCormick scored the game winning last weekend but Darren Archibald, Alexandre Grenier, Casey Bailey and Chad Nehring are tied with two points for the lead in the season series.
Scouting the Senators: After losing six straight games, the Senators have won three of the last five games and have collected points in four of the last five. The lone loss occurred last night with a 3-1 score against the Springfield Thunderbirds. In that span, Matt O’Connor has played every game but an overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on December 10. The netminder has not allowed more than three goals in that duration.
Just a goal: Last night was the first time in four games in which a game was not decided by one goal. Six of the last eight games has been decided by one goal. During that streak, which began on December 2, the Comets are 3-2-2.
Halted: Alexandre Grenier’s five-game point streak came to a close last night. The forward registered an assist in each of those games with a goal on Wednesday against Albany. This streak surpassed a four-game point streak he maintained from November 1 to November 11.
First Zero: Last night, the Comets were shutout for the first time this season. In addition, Utica has been held to just one goal on five occasions this season. The game also marked the second time in 11 games in which the Comets could not score a power play goal.
Next Game: The Comets return to the AUD on Wednesday to begin a five-game homestand. Before the Christmas break, Utica will faceoff against Providence at 7 p.m.