Utica Comets Defeat the Providence Bruins

The Utica Comets started a three game road trip on the right foot as they defeated the Providence Bruins by a score of 4-1.

The Utica Comets began a three-game road trip on Sunday (and five games in seven days) in Providence, Rhode Island against the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins. The game had a lot of good news for the Comets, as they won and captain Ryan Schmelzer returned to the lineup. They could get some potentially bad news, however, as rookie sensation Alexander Holtz did not play at all in the third period. As of this writing, there was no update available on his condition.

Even though the first period featured a total of twenty-nine combined shots on goal (sixteen for Utica, thirteen for Providence), there was only one goal scored. Both Mareks Mitens of the Comets and Troy Grosenick of the Bruins were outstanding, especially Grosenick – who stopped two point-blank chances for the Comets and made several other big saves. The shot that Grosenick didn’t stop was a rocket of a wrist shot by Alexander Holtz during a five-on-three power play. The marker snapped a seven-game goalless drought for Holtz.


The second period featured more wide-open play, as each team put thirteen shots on goal, but like the first period, the Comets scored the only goal. After dropping the gloves with Nick Wolff in the first period, Sam Laberge scored his fifth goal of the season when he took a pass from Patrick Grasso and put the puck past Grosenick from the right side of his crease to make the score 2-0. In drawing an assist, Grasso recorded his first point in the American Hockey League.

Utica Comets vs Providence Bruins Game Preview 03-27-2022

Although they were on their third game in three nights, the Bruins found the energy to pepper Mitens with twenty-one shots in the third period. The Utica goaltender was spectacular but had his shutout bid foiled with 3:36 left in the game when Justin Brazeau made a beauty of a pass from behind the net to Eduards Tralmaks who beat Mitens with a shot from the top of the crease.

The Bruins kept the pressure on after the Tralmaks goal but their comeback attempt was hampered by a pair of minor penalties they took twenty-five seconds apart. Despite being shorthanded, Providence coach Ryan Mougenel pulled Grosenick for an extra skater and the Comets took full advantage. They got their first empty-net goal when Chase DeLeo skated the puck into the Providence zone and instead of scoring into the unguarded net he dropped the puck at the top of the crease for teammate Tyler Wotherspoon to tap in. Utica added another one with nine seconds left when Brian Flynn scored on the backhand to make the score 4-1 and seal the victory.

Notes: Providence outshot Utica 47-39…Providence was 0 for 4 on the power play, Utica was 1 for 4…Brian Flynn has scored in two straight games…Nolan Foote missed his sixth straight game due to an injury…Tralmaks, Brazeau, and Joona Koppanen had the only points for Providence…Robbie Russo and Frederik Gauthier led all Utica scorers with two assists each…Utica has won all three meetings between the two teams so far this season. They play one more time on April 30th (the final day of the season) in Providence…Providence plays again on Friday at home against Springfield…Utica plays again on Monday night at Hartford.

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