Jan 25, 2020

UTICA COMETS (25-16-2-2) vs. BELLEVILLE SENATORS (26-14-3-1)

CAA Arena, 7 p.m.
Watch Live: AHLTV | Listen Live: 94.9 K-ROCK
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Belleville Senators for the second straight night. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.


Last Game:  After jumping out to a 2-1 lead, the Utica Comets allowed four unanswered goals and fell to the Belleville Senators 5-2 Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Justin Bailey and John Stevens were the goal scorers for Utica. Zane McIntyre made 21 saves in the loss.


Head-to-Head: This is the fifth contest between the Comets and Senators this season. The season series is tied 2-2-0-0, with the road team winning every game so far. The Comets are 3-4-0-1 on the road against Belleville in the last five seasons.


Scouting the Senators:  Belleville comes in with a record of 26-14-3-1 and sits in first place in the North Division. Drake Batherson leads the offense with 44 points, followed by Josh Norris with 40 points. Filip Gustavsson is the top active netminder with a record of 11-5-2, a 3.22 goals-against average, and .894 save percentage.


Road Warrior: Justin Bailey has played well on the road lately. Bailey has picked up at least one point in four consecutive road games, tallying four points (2-2-4). He also has 11 points in his last six games and 14 goals in his last 15 games overall. The forward has 38 points (23-15-38) in 44 games this season.


Heating Up: Jonah Gadjovich is also on a hot streak away from home. Gadjovich has scored in three of his last four road games and has seven points (6-1-7) in his last 12 road games. The second year forward has 13 points (10-3-13) in 30 games this year.


Senate Leader: Keep an eye out for Zack MacEwen tonight, as he typically performs well against Belleville. In 14 career games against the Senators, MacEwen has 12 points (5-7-12) and scored in his first appearance against Belleville this year. The forward has 11 points (5-6-11) in 19 games with the Comets this season.


Settling In: It may have taken a few games, but John Stevens is beginning to fit in nicely since being acquired from Bridgeport. Stevens has appeared in eight games with Utica since being traded and has shown well on the penalty kill and has created chances on offense as well, as evident by his two-point night last night. The forward has seven points (4-3-7) in 24 total games between the Comets and Sound Tigers.


Next Game:  The Comets return to the ice Friday, January 31 on the road against the Cleveland Monsters. Puck drop at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse is at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHLTV.

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