Utica Comets defeat the Charlotte Checkers 1-0 on Saturday night

Akira Schmid of the Utica Comets earns his first professional shutout.

Utica Comets goaltender Akira Schmid has been at or near the top of the American Hockey League goaltender statistics all season. Now he has a shutout to add to those totals.

Schmid turned aside all twenty-six of the Charlotte Checkers shots en route to the 1-0 win. Not only is the shutout the first of Schmid’s professional career, but it is also the first for the Utica Comets overall this season. This is actually quite astounding considering that both Schmid and fellow Comet Nico Daws are both in the top five in the AHL in GAA and save percentage.

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The opening minutes of the game saw Charlotte get several good chances which were helped by a power play due to an interference penalty taken by Kevin Bahl. Schmid stood tall, and the Comets were able to get some chances of their own. Checkers goalie Joey Daccord was able to match Schmid’s save efficiency and the teams went into the first intermission locked in a scoreless tie.

The second period was an infraction filled affair as there were seven total penalties called in the period. It started at just forty-six seconds into the period when Utica’s Graeme Clarke took a two-minute hooking penalty. Charlotte would help the Comets kill that penalty when about halfway through their power play opportunity, Logan Hutsko took a goaltender interference penalty ending his team’s chance with the man advantage.

A pair of minor penalties taken by the Checkers at 7:08 and 7:32 of the second period would put the Comets on a five-on-three power play leading to the only goal of the game. Fabian Zetterlund, who met the Comets in Charlotte after being reassigned to the team earlier in the day by the New Jersey Devils, scored from just above the goalline on the right side of the Charlotte net off a feed from Alexander Holtz to give the Comets the lead. The assist was Holtz’s first of the season, and Reilly Walsh drew the secondary assist – extending his point scoring streak to six games.

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Charlotte would get two more power play opportunities of their own before the end of the period but could not convert, and after forty minutes Utica led one to nothing.

The Checkers got a power play early in the third period off a Nate Schnarr slashing penalty but it was the Comets who would get the golden opportunity. While shorthanded, Aarne Talvitie and Marian Studenic broke in on Daccord two on none, but the Charlotte netminder made a spectacular save with his stick to keep the score one to nothing. The rest of the period was for the most part defensive minded as both teams only had five shots on goal each. The Comets would hang on for the 1-0 win and improve their record to an AHL best 14-1-0-0.

Notes: Charlotte outshot Utica by a 26-17 margin…Utica was 1 for 6 on the power play, Charlotte was 0 for 6…Utica and Charlotte meet again on Sunday November 28th at the Bojangles Coliseum. The game starts at 3:00 pm.

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