Utica Comets Bring in Some Reinforcements

Two forwards are coming to the Utica Comets from the Adirondack Thunder. The team also signed another goaltender to a PTO.

The Utica Comets are scheduled to play at home on New Year’s Eve against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and two new players along with a familiar face will be joining the party.

The return of Nico Daws or Akira Schmid is apparently not imminent, as the Comets also announced on Thursday morning they have signed goaltender David Tomeo to a Professional Tryout (PTO) contract. Tomeo will apparently backup starting goaltender Marek Mitens. The twenty-two-year-old Tomeo last played for Sacred Heart University in the 2020-21 season and did not record any stats. Sacred Heart belongs to the Atlantic Hockey Association, which will have its conference chapionship games at the Adirondack Bank Center in March (Atlantic Hockey Association Championship coming to Utica).


The team has recalled forwards Samuel Laberge and Tyler Irvine from their ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder. Laberge has seen time with the Comets already this season, as he has played eight games for the team. In those eight games, the twenty-four-year-old winger had two goals, two assists, and nineteen PIM’s – seventeen of them coming in one game. Laberge seemed to be getting comfortable with the Comets before he was sent back to the Thunder on December 2nd.

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This will be the first time Irvine has joined the Utica Comets this season. The twenty-five-year-old winger played last season in the American Hockey League for the Binghamton Devils. In twenty five games for the Devils, he totalled four points.

Irvine is off to a great start for the Thunder this season. In twenty-one games played, he has eleven goals and eleven assists, averaging over one point per game. At the time of his recall to the Comets, Irvine was the leading scorer for the Thunder.

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