Familiar Face Returns to the Utica Comets Crease This Weekend

Akira Schmid has re-assigned to the Utica Comets and Nico Daws has been recalled by the New Jersey Devils.

The Utica Comets will welcome Akira Schmid back to the Adirondack Bank Center this weekend as the New Jersey Devils announced on Friday they have re-assigned him to the Comets. In the process, they have recalled goaltender Nico Daws to join Jon Gillies in the New Jersey goaltending tandem.

Schmid was having an outstanding season in Utica before being recalled to New Jersey in early December. In eleven games with the Comets (he was sharing goaltending duties with Nico Daws on an almost 50/50 basis), he posted a 9-0-2 record to go with a 1.54 GAA and .948 save percentage to go with two shutouts. With the Devils having a nightmare situation as far as goaltender injuries, Schmid and Gillies were pressed into duty as the goaltending tandem for the Devils. Schmid has an NHL record of 0-4-0 with a 4.83 GAA and .833 save percentage.


Nico Daws, like Schmid, has posted outstanding numbers for the Utica Comets this season. He missed over a month of action from December through January after suffering a lower-body injury in a game against the Rochester Americans on December 8th. His overall numbers for the Comets this season are a record of 11-3-2 to go with a GAA of 2.44, .917 save percentage, and one shutout. This will be Daws’s second recall to the Devils this season. In his first stint with the team, he played two games earning one win and posting a 3.21 GAA and .875 save percentage.

Utica Comets vs Laval Rocket Series Preview 02-02-2022

This is the first professional season for both Daws and Schmid. The twenty-one-year-old Schmid was drafted by the Devils in the third round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Like Daws, Schmid is also twenty-one years old. He was drafted by the Devils in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Comets take on the Laval Rocket on Friday night in a rematch of Wednesday night’s 4-2 win by Laval. On Saturday night, the Comets play the Springfield Thunderbirds for the first time this season. Both games will be played at the Adirondack Bank Center.

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