Utica Comets fall to the Crunch and other notes

The Utica Comets played the second game of a back to back in Syracuse Saturday night.

After a thrilling 4-3 shootout win over the Rochester Americans on Friday night, the Utica Comets travelled to Syracuse to play their arch rival Crunch and close out their preseason. The result this time was not what they hoped they for as they lost to Syracuse 2-1.

The teams battled each other to a 0-0 standstill throughout the first period, with the Crunch outshooting the Comets 11-6. Syracuse broke through in the second period, when Syracuse’s Shawn Element scored to make the score 1-0. After stopping eleven of twelve shots, Utica goaltender Nico Daws was replaced by Mareks Mitens about the halfway point of the game. With 1:52 left in the second, Gabriel Dumont scored to give the Syracuse Crunch a 2-0 lead heading to the locker rooms.

Utica Comets win a thriller in the shootout

The third period belonged to the Crunch, as it appeared the effects of playing the night before began to take its toll on the Comets. Syracuse outshot their rival from Utica 20-6 in the period. Crunch goaltender Max Legace was five seconds away from a shutout, when Greg DiTomaso scored for the Comets to get them on the board.

With this game the Comets close out their preseason slate. Their next game will be their regular season opener at home on Sunday, October 17th against the Rochester Americans. Syracuse has one more preseason game on Sunday October 10th versus those same Rochester Americans before they travel to Cleveland to open their regular season against the Monsters on Saturday October 16th.

Impressions from the game

  • In a role reversal from Friday night, the Comets were outshot for the game by the Crunch by a margin of 38-21.
  • Neither team scored on the power play. The Comets went 0-4, while the Crunch went 0-5.
  • AJ Greer did clear waivers, and contributed an assist on the Comets lone goal.

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Comets news and notes

  • The Comets parent club, the New Jersey Devils, are expected to make more roster cuts by Monday October 11th to get down to their 23 player roster limit. This should mean more players will be added in Utica.
  • Speaking of adding to Utica, the Devils have already made two roster cuts this weekend that will add to the Comets lineup. Defenseman Nikita Okhotiuk and forward Chase De Leo were both optioned to Utica. De Leo is waiting to clear waivers, while Okhotiuk was able to play in the Syracuse game. He made his presence felt by taking 17 minutes in penalties (a ten minute misconduct, five minutes for fighting, and two minutes for instigating).

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