Utica Comets Do Not Have a Good Night Against the Toronto Marlies

The Utica Comets were defeated by their North Division rival on Wednesday night by a score of 6-2 in Canada’s largest city.

The Utica Comets have hit a rough spot. Despite getting their captain Ryan Schmelzer back in their lineup, the Comets were overcome by the Marlies on Wednesday night and were defeated for the third time in their last four games. In losing by four goals to Toronto, it was the largest margin of defeat Utica has suffered all season.

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The Marlies got off to a good start in the first period, controlling play for most of the frame and also getting timely goaltending from their goaltender Erik Kallgren. Toronto took advantage of a powerplay opportunity and opened the scoring with about eight and half minutes left in the period when Nick Ritchie scooped up a loose puck in the high slot, spun one-hundred-eighty degrees, and snapped a shot past Comets goaltender Akira Schmid and into the top of the net. With 2:07 left in the first period, Toronto struck again on the powerplay when Alex Steeves took a pass from Joey Anderson, who was in the bumper position, and blasted a one-timer past Schmid from the right circle to give the Marlies a 2-0 lead that they would hold for the rest of the period.

Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies Game Preview 02-16-2022

The game appeared to be turning in the Comets early in the second period when at the 1:24 mark Fabian Zetterlund blasted a one-timer off a pass from Robbie Russo past Kallgren to score his team-leading eighteenth goal on the powerplay to cut the Marlies lead to one. Less than two minutes later the Marlies would take their two-goal lead right back when former New Jersey Devil Joseph Blandisi tipped what looked like an innocent-looking shot by Nick Robertson from the left side past Schmid to make the score 3-1. Just over one minute after the Blandisi goal, Toronto struck again when Jack Kopacka broke in all alone and snapped a shot over Schmid’s goal and into the top of the Utica net. Despite outshooting the Marlies by a fourteen to ten margin in the second period, the Comets went into the second intermission down by a score of 4-1.

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Toronto put the game away in the third period when Blandisi scored his second goal of the game off a beautiful backhand pass from Carl Dahlstrom to make the score 5-1. A sixth Marlies goal was scored about five and half minutes later by Bobby McMann to give the home team a five-goal lead with five minutes left in the game. A lone bright spot came for the Comets with just over two minutes remaining in the game when Alexander Holtz extended his point streak to eight games by taking a pass from Chase DeLeo and snapped a shot over Kallgren, but that would be the end of the scoring as Toronto won the game by a score of 6-2.

Notes: Utica outshot Toronto 34-31…Utica was 1 for 3 on the powerplay, Toronto was 2 for 5…Brett Seney led all Toronto scorers with three points (all assists), Joseph Blandisi (two goals), Bobby McMann (one goal and one assist), and Joey Anderson (two assists) each had two points…Utica had six different players with one point each…Toronto plays again on Friday night at Belleville…Utica plays again on Friday night as well, at home against Rochester.

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