Utica Comets vs Syracuse Crunch preview

The Comets and the Crunch face each other for the first time in the regular season on Saturday night.

Bitter AHL North Division rivals The Utica Comets and Syracuse Crunch will square off in the first of fourteen regular season games on Saturday October 23rd at the Upstate Medical University Arena in Syracuse, New York. The game starts at 7:00pm EST, television coverage will be on AHLTV and radio coverage will be on WKLL 94.9 KROCK. Comets play by play announcer Jason Shaya will provide the radio call for the game.

The Comets, who are the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, enter the game with a 2-0-0-0 record, with a win percentage of 1.000. Utica last played on Friday night, a 2-1 win in overtime against the Providence Bruins at the Adirondack Bank Center. A full recap of that game can be found here: Utica Comets defeat the Providence Bruins in overtime. Utica is currently in first place in the AHL North Division.

The Utica Comets celebrate Brian Flynn’s goal against the Providence Bruins on Friday might. Photo credit: Scott Kinville

Like the Comets, the Crunch also played their previous game on Friday night. The AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lighting fell to the Rochester Americans in Rochester by a score of 5-3. With the defeat, Syracuse’s record is now 1-1-1-0, to go with a win percentage .500 entering Saturday night’s game against Utica. The Crunch are currently in fifth place in the AHL North Division.

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The Utica Comets and Syracuse Crunch met once before the 2021-22 AHL regular season began. The Crunch defeated the Comets by a score of 2-1 in a preseason game on October 9th at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

Comets Season Leaders: Totals in parentheses

  • Goals: Brian Flynn, Aarne Talvitie, and Alexander Holtz (2 each)
  • Assists: Reilly Walsh (4)
  • Points: Reilly Walsh (4)
  • Shots: Alexander Holtz (13)
  • Wins: Nico Daws and Akira Schmid (1 each)
  • GAA: Akira Schmid (0.94)
  • Save Percentage; Akira Schmid (.962)

Crunch Season Leaders: Totals in parentheses

  • Goals: Jimmy Huntington (4)
  • Assists: Gabriel Fortier and Antoine Morand (3 each)
  • Points: Jimmy Huntington and Antoine Morand (4 each)
  • Shots: Charles Hudon (10)
  • Wins: Hugo Alnefelt (1)
  • GAA: Hugo Alnefelt (3.89)
  • Save Percentage: Hugo Alnefelt (.839)

Special Teams:


Power Play: 25% (1/4)

Penalty Kill: 100% (8/8)


Power Play: 25% (3/12)

Penalty Kill: 91.7% (11/12)


Starting in goal for the Comets will be either Akira Schmid or Mareks Mitens. Guarding the Crunch net will be Max Legace, Hugo Alnefelt, or Eamon McAdam…. Utica goaltender Nico Daws was recalled to the NJ Devils, resulting in Mitens being brought up to the Comets from the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL…This will be the first Comets raid game of the regular season.

Action from Friday night’s Utica Comets versus Providence Bruins game at the Adirondack Bank Center. Photo credit: Scott Kinville

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