A look at the Utica Comets overall underlying numbers so far

With eighteen games played, the Utica Comets are now one quarter of the way through their regular season.

To say the Utica Comets are enjoying a dream season to this point would be an understatement.

With the American Hockey League’s best record of 16-1-1-0 going into Wednesday night’s game against the Rochester Americans, Comets Head Coach Kevin Dineen has pushed all the right buttons with his so far. The “all for one and one for all” approach he has instilled has vaulted the team to heights not many people expected at this point in the season. With a seventy-two-game regular season, the eighteen games the Comets have already played represent twenty-five percent of their slate. Of course, the overall record is the most important stat for the team, but how do the rest of the Utica Comets underlying numbers so far for this season stack up?

Record

  • Overall: 16-1-1-0 (.917 save percentage)
  • vs the North Division: 11-1-0-0
  • vs the Atlantic Division: 6-0-1-0
  • Home: 9-1-0-0
  • Away: 7-0-1-0
  • Leading after the first period: 7-0-0-0
  • Leading after the second period: 11-0-0-0
  • Trailing after the first period: 2-1-0-0
  • Trailing after the second period: 2-1-1-0
  • Tied after the first period: 7-0-1-0
  • Tied after the second period: 3-0-0-0
  • Record when outshooting their opponent: 6-1-0-0
  • Record when being outshot by their opponent: 9-0-1-0

With the AHL’s best record, it is not a surprise the breakdown of that record is excellent as well. The Comets have twenty-six games remaining at home and twenty-eight on the road.

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Offense:

Overall goals scored: 66 (sixth-best in the AHL)

Top five scorers:

  • #1 Chase DeLeo (2 goals-12 assists-14 points-10 games played).
  • #2 Graeme Clarke (4 goals-9 assists-13 points-16 games played).
  • #3 Reilly Walsh (4 goals-9 assists-13 points-18 games played).
  • #4 Nate Schnarr (5 goals-7 assists-12 points-16 games played).
  • #5 Fabian Zetterlund (4 goals-7-assists-11 points-14 games played).

Other offensive team-leading individual stats:

  • Goals scored: Alexander Holtz and Joe Gambardella (6).
  • Assists: Chase DeLeo (12).
  • Shots on Goal: Ryan Schmelzer (33).
  • Shooting percentage, forwards: 29.4% (Aarne Talvitie – 5 goals on 17 shots, also fifth best in the AHL).
  • Shooting percentage, defensemen: 20% (Nikita Okhotiuk 2 goals on 10 shots, third best among AHL defensemen).
  • Game winning goals: Graeme Clarke (3).
  • Leading rookie scorer: Alexander Holtz (6 goals-3 assists-9 points).
Fabian Zetterlund of the Utica Comets tosses a puck to a thrilled fan. Photo credit: Scott Kinville:

Goaltending/Defense:

  • Goals allowed (as a team): 33 (ranked the best in the AHL).
  • Goaltender wins; Akira Schmid and Nico Daws (8).
  • GAA: Akira Schmid (1.43, best in the AHL).
  • Save percentage: Akira Schmid (.950, best in the AHL).
  • Saves: Nico Daws (266).
  • Shutouts: Akira Schmid (2).

Defenseman Reilly Walsh excelling for the Utica Comets

Special Teams:

  • Power play (overall): 19.2% (ranked 15th in the AHL).
  • Power play (at home): 22.2% (ranked 13th in the AHL).
  • Power play (away): 16% (ranked 18th in the AHL).
  • Power play opportunities: 25 (30th in the AHL).
  • Power play goals (individual): Tyce Thompson (2), eight current players each have one.
  • Penalty kill (overall): 87.5% (ranked 4th in the AHL).
  • Penalty kill (at home): 90.6% (ranked 4th in the AHL).
  • Penalty kill (away): 84.4% (tied for 8th in the AHL).
  • Shorthanded goals: Aarne Talvitie (1).

Miscellaneous:

  • Penalties In Minutes (team overall): 225 (ranked 23rd in the AHL).
  • Penalties In Minutes (team at home): 135 (ranked 13th in the AHL).
  • Penalties In Minutes (team away): 90 (ranked 27th in the AHL).
  • Penalties In Minutes (individual): AJ Greer (52 – fifth most in the AHL).
  • +/-: Tyler Wotherspoon (+14, tied for best in the AHL). Aarne Talvitie is third among AHL rookies at +10.
A very entertaining episode #54 of Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast featuring Utica College Pioneers men’s hockey team coach Gary Heenan.

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