Syracuse, N.Y. – The Utica Comets fell to the Syracuse Crunch by a score of 1-0 Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena.
Thatcher Demko and Crunch goaltender Eddie Pasquale kept the game scoreless through a fiery first period, stopping 15 and seven shots respectively.
The Comets and Crunch continued to pepper the nets, but Demko and Pasquale held strong to keep the goaltending duel alive through 40 minutes. For the second straight matchup, Utica and Syracuse would go scoreless into the third period.
Erik Condra broke through with a power play goal with 5:05 to go in the third period. Matthew Peca and Mitchell Stephens had the assists. Pasquale closed the door on the Comets from there to secure the win.
Demko finished with 29 saves and his record falls to 24-13-6. Pasquale stopped all 26 shots he faced. His record improves to 15-6-7. The Comets power play went 0-3, while the penalty kill allowed one goal in two attempts.
The Comets are back in action Friday, April 13 for game 12 of the Galaxy Cup series against the Crunch. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is scheduled for 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.