11/28/18 – Utica Comets vs. Binghamton Devils

Guess who’s back? Back again? Farmies back! Tell a friend!

But no actually, guess who’s back? Why, I can’t believe it! It’s “Why is nobody taking” Kole Lind. Tonight should be an interesting one, the team is on its first real streak of the season and are getting back some major regulars in their lineup. Darren Archibald returns as well as Tanner MacMaster, Brendan Woods, and the aforementioned Lind. Lot of guys returning from injury, so it COULD be a rusty night for the team as they get back to the old dynamic, but hopefully the returning boys look to continue the fire the team was showing in the past couple games and are able to push the win streak to 4. Their opponent tonight, Binghamton, is a team that like Utica is on a streak of their own, only theirs for the worse, as they have lost 4 straight, and will be looking to impress at home with a statement win against Utica to turn things around. Should be an interesting one!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Dahlen Darcy Archibald
Gaunce Kero Jasek
Carcone Cameranesi MacEwen
MacMaster Woods Lind
LD RD
Sautner Blujus
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Graham
G
Thatcher Demko

 

Returns

The team will be expecting Reid Boucher back in the lineup in the coming days, after a VERY brief stint with the Canucks, where he played something like sub-5 minutes of the game, hopefully he isn’t discouraged by the limited look when he re-enters the Comets lineup and is able to return to his scoring ways for the farm!

Recalls

The team recalled defenceman Brandon Anselmini from the Kalamazoo wings to replenish the teams depleted blue-line; With the uncertainty of Juolevi’s injury, the team will need an extra body in the event an injury should happen during one of the Comets usual Friday/Saturday back to back games.

Demotion

Sent down after Saturday’s game was Reid Gardiner, who registered 0 points after 5 games with the Comets. Personally, I’m not too bummed about this move as he wasn’t really contributing much on the 4th line with Gadjovich and Palmu/Kile, but that’s not to say that he looked BAD or anything; with such a sudden large amount of forwards returning to the regular lineup, Trent Cull and company just have too much to play around with and thus can afford to send some of their non-Canuck-roster forwards down the the Farmies Farmies.

I will say I spent my Sunday creating a macro board to help speed up writing up play-by-plays, so I was fairly miffed at having to re-do my macro-board to accomodate the new call-ups and send-downs haha

 

BENCHED
Reid Boucher Jagger Dirk Jonah Gadjovich Petrus Palmu

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi
Hand lower body concussion knee

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for.

 

1st period

 

Comets in Blue

 

 

1st period score: 1-1 Tie

 

This was a weird period for the Farm. They looked good in the opening 5-10 minutes, then it was like they just hit a wall offensively and got absolutely nothing going until that final powerplay goal from Gaunce. Really bizarre period from them, but they even it up and make this anyone’s game! Shots on goal in favor of Utica 10 to 7

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-2 Devils

 

Once again another period where the Comets really look lost offensively for a majority of the period, but seem to find their footing in the latter half of the period. Still really impressed by MacEwen’s solo effort last game, the kind of stuff this team needs to see to get some fire in them to find the win.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 4-2 Binghamton Devils

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Binghamton Nathan Bastion Michael McLeod Colby Sissons 5v5
1st Utica Brendan Gaunce Jesse Graham Lukas Jasek PPG
2nd Binghamton John Quenneville Colby Sissons Michael McLeod PPG
2nd Binghamton Egor Sharangovich John Quenneville Marian Studenic 5V5
2nd Utica Zack MacEwen Dylan Blujus Ashton Sautner 5v5
3rd Binghamton Ryan Schmelzer Kevin Rooney en

Takeaways

  • Comets played a very bizarre dump and chase type of style tonight that hey had sort of abandoned in their last couple games. I think the long-ice passes doesn’t really work with their team because of the discrepancy in skating speed between line mates
  • Carcone, Kero, Darcy and Archibald were quite invisible tonight. I’m willing to give MacMaster/Lind and Woods a break since they’d been out so long with injuries; Still hard to have your top line basically phoning it in every shift
  • Dahlen continues to struggle in getting offense going, hopefully with Boucher’s return, they will be paired together again and Dahlen will re-gain a linemate who can actually put pucks in the net
  • Would ideally like to see Dahlen, Cameranesi and MacEwen on a line because MacEwen fulfills a lot of the holes that Dahlen is missing in his usual linemates. Someone with speed and power who can get to the net and who can actually shoot the puck; Cameranesi is also lowkey a very good playmaker on the team and has been a pretty successful call-up IMO
  • Lukas Jasek continues to impress, the guy hustles every single shift and although the points weren’t there for him tonight, the guy was aggressive on his checks and was making a difference for the team all on his own
  • People on this sub tend to shit on Gaunce like he’s a joke because he wasn’t lighting up the NHL, but I think if you watched the Comets games, you’d realize just how good he is, he’s head and shoulders above everyone else on the team. After watching Archibald play tonight I kind of wondered if his lack of effort and ability to contribute means he’ll likely be sliding down the call-up sheet. Because at this point Zack MacEwen is contributing everything he SHOULD be contributing as an established hockey vet…goals, power, aggression…the guy was coasting tonight, and MacEwen was (like Gaunce and Jasek) head and shoulders the best player on the ice tonight.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Zack MacEwen – 1 goal and 4 shots on the night. Aggressive forechecking. Lot of prime chances created, probably cemented himself as the next call-up for the Canucks should they need a fill-in at RW
  2. Lukas Jasek – 1 assist and 2 shots. Aggressive on the boards, good hustle on every shift, was consistently making a difference whenever he was on the ice
  3. Jesse Graham – 1 assist and 4 shots – he had to bail out Evan McEneny a couple times tonight, and despite his -1 he had a great game tonight Honorable Mention: Demko because he tried his best considering the majority of his team no-showed tonight.

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets will be looking to bounce back this Friday when they visit the Belleville Senators for their 2nd of a 4 game road stint. The last time the teams met was a pretty exciting 4-2 win for Utica, with Cam Darcy getting a fantastic out-of-the-box breakaway goal to win it. The team will hopefully be looking to erase this loss from their memory, and look to return to a more controlled style of gameplay that got them their first win streak of the season.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies! This Friday’s game against Belleville will be delayed until Saturday night (hopefully) due to work Christmas Part shenanigans on the 30th…(a Xmas party in November…I know…). Then depending how the hangover and review of Fridays game goes, I’ll ideally have Saturdays game against the Rocket up late Saturday night, or Sunday night the latest.

11/24/18 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators

The Comets are back in action today, hoping to win three straight for the first time this season against the Belleville Senators. The Comets play the Senators 6 times this season, and currently sit at 1-0-0-1 in their series (that’s 1 win, 0 losses, 0 OT losses and 1 shootout loss). In their last meeting against the Sens, the Comets rallied from a 2 goal deficit in the 2nd period, and then another 1 goal deficit in the 3rd to force overtime, and then the shootout. That was the game where Utica had 9 fucking powerplays. NINE…Belleville’s lack of discipline in their last matchup nearly cost them the game, so we’ll see what kind of adjustments the Sens have made coming into tonight’s matchup.

 

By some miracle, after last night’s game against Rochester, the Comets managed to come out unscathed, so fortunately their IR list didn’t expand; and with Alex Edler appearing to rejoin the Canucks lineup, the Comets should expect to see Alex Biega return to the lineup, as I believe on November 30th, he’ll require being exposed on waivers in order to be sent back down. I believe the same thing applies with Darren Archibald as well, so in theory, despite the Comets injury woes, the team WILLl get some veteran stability back into their lineup pretty soon.

 

Starting Lineup

The team recalled Jagger Dirk from the Kalamazoo Wings the other day on account of new injuries to Tanner MacMaster and Brendan Woods. However, the lines that were run against the 5th best team in the AHL were actually QUITE effective, special teams were especially effective, so it will be interesting to see what Trent Cull does with the lineup going into tonight.

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Kero Jasek
Carcone Cameranesi MacEwen
Dahlen Darcy Bancks
Gadjovich Gardiner Kile
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
Sautner Blujus
McEneny Graham
G
Thatcher Demko

 

BENCHED
Jagger Dirk Petrus Palmu

 

Palmu had some chances in last night’s game, and looked OK for the most part, but he had a few giveaways, and generally looked fairly hesitant with his passing; Given that Cull needs his 4th line to be aggressive and create opportunities and get the team some offensive zone starts for the 1st and 2nd liners, it makes sense that he would sub him out to show him he needs to be more confident out there to guarantee himself a spot on the roster.

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi Lind MacMaster Woods
Hand lower body concussion lowerbody week-to-week undisclosed undisclosed

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for.

 

1st period

 

Comets in White

 

 

1st period score: 2-0 Utica

 

Solid first period from the boys! Effective powerplay, disciplined play for the most part…Not sure wtf they’re teaching them in Belleville but that’s 15 penalties in 7 periods against the comets. If that’s not bag-skate worthy, I don’t know what is.

Also Jonah Gadjovich getting 2nd unit powerplay time, which is great stuff, glad to see his hard work in the past couple games paying off!

 

2nd Period

 

Writers note: I know Joe Roberts (Utica play-by-play) makes calls that contradict some of my write-ups. But he says Gardiner draws the tripping penalty; but the refs arm was up already as the penalty happened around the net

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-2 Utica

 

Belleville started off super-hot in this period, just absolute dominance in Utica’s zone for the better half of the period; However, Belleville really started to fade after the halfway mark of the period, and with it, Utica was able to capitalize on some golden opportunities in the latter half of the period and were able to regain the lead off that clutch Darcy breakaway goal. It will be interesting to see if Belleville will regain some momentum or if their lack of discipline will continue

3rd Period

 

 

The Comets win it. Three in a row for the first time this season

Final Score: 4-2 Utica Comets

 

Takeaways

  • Brendan Gaunce had a great game with another goal and 4 shots on the night
  • Thatcher Demko was clutch again, stopping 26 of 28 shots. The guy’s puck handling really sets him apart from the Canucks goalies and everyone else that’s been in the farms lineup. Guy exudes confidence and control of his game
  • Another really solid game from Zack MacEwen, the guy looks like a total pro out there every shift. Does a lot of good things for such a big guy…usually the big dudes in the AHL are just total meatheads that got this far off their size, but MacEwen is one hard working dude, great speed for a guy his size
  • Comets special teams coaches need a serious round of applause, Utica went 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. Their powerplay went 2 for 7, but I can let that one slide as they’re without Juolevi and have got some wonky powerplay units out there to compensate for all the injuries.

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets will return next Wednesday to try to make it four straight, when they visit the Binghamton Devils. The last meeting with the devils went pretty terribly; the team was coming off an exhausting victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack, and were basically running goaltender Ivan Kulbakov into the ground; surrendering 4 goals in the first period, the Comets TRIED to come back but the damage was done. It should be a completely different game this time around with actual AHL quality goaltenders, and the likelihood of Alex Biega or Darren Archibald returning to the Comets lineup (to avoid waivers). Since their last meeting, Binghamton have gone on 1-5-0-0 with one win against the Toronto Marlies in that time; they’re currently on a 5 game losing streak, so the Comets will have to bring their A-game to keep their own streak running, as the Devils will be looking to impress at home to try to end their losing streak the same way the Comets did.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

11/23/18 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

The Comets are crossing their fingers, singing their prayers and begging the almighty tonight, as the team aims for back-to-back victories for only the SECOND TIME THIS SEASON! Coming into tonight’s away game against the Rochester Americans, the odds are incredibly stacked against them, Utica’s been absolutely brutalized against Rochester, losing their series so far 2-0 while being outscored 10 to 1. Despite being outshot 9 to 2 after the first period in their last game against the Laval Rocket, the Comets managed to find a way to win, with key goals coming from blueliners Evan McEneny and Dylan Blujus to secure the victory, and with it, hopefully regained themselves some confidence in their ability to score goals and win games!

 

Reid Boucher’s offensive dominance so far this season earned him a call-up to the Canucks; and depending on his spot in the lineup, his chemistry with Goldobin and by extension Goldy’s chemistry with Pettersson, could possibly lead to a prolonged stay up in the big leagues while the Canucks deal with an equally long injury list to key members of their forward group! With Boucher’s absence, the Comets will be shuffling lines around like crazy to try to squeeze out as much offense as possible from their young lineup.

 

Starting Lineup

 

In the last Farmies at the time of posting, I had yet to hear why Juolevi was benched, but immediately after I posted, naturally, the team confirmed Juolevi was out with a lower-body injury and wouldn’t be seen at all this weekend (bummer).

 

Richard Bachman returns from a prolonged stay with the Canucks, where his one game went about as bad as a one game stint with the Canucks could go. He’ll be backstopping the Comets tonight, with Demko likely backstopping tomorrow night against the Belleville Senators.

 

LW C RW
Dahlen Darcy Bancks
Gaunce Kero Jasek
Carcone Cameranesi MacEwen
Gadjovich Gardiner Palmu
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
Sautner Blujus
McEneny Graham
G
Richard Bachman

 

BENCHED
Jagger Dirk Alex Kile

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi Lind MacMaster Woods
Hand lower body concussion lowerbody week-to-week undisclosed undisclosed

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for.

 

1st period

 

Comets in Blue

 

 

1st period score: 3-2 Utica

 

Nutty first period! Lot of dumb penalties, but lot of goals and really good scoring chances from Utica!

 

2nd Period

 

Writers Note: I realized during this streamable that the games camera operator failed to white balance properly lol
and now the audio is near-silent…its not your computer guys…the AHL is just having their usual technical difficulties

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-3 Utica

 

This is a Utica I can get behind, they’ve got great penalty killers are playing aggressive in the offensive zone and have plenty of guys who are showing up with big effort shifts to negate the Rochester offense. Great stuff from the guys after getting some really weak ass penalty calls against them. Comets getting outshot 35 to 17 after two periods, so we’ll see if the ‘Muricans slow down, or if we’re in for another nutty period!

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Comets win it, their SECOND back-to-back victory of the season

Final Score: 5-4 Utica Comets

 

Takeaways

  • Glad to see Bachman get a very clutch victor here against the divisions best team. Utica had been getting trounced by Rochester earlier this season. 43 saves on 47 shots. Very good stuff from him!
  • Carcone is making himself a very likely candidate to be called up. Great speed and offense; only thing he could work on is saving some of that speed for the back-check.
  • Another strong performance from the penalty kill teams, killed 6 of 6 penalties – ignore what it says on the AHL game reports, because they have O’Regans goal listed as a powerplay goal, but Sautners penalty was over and was back on the ice….in fact they even have Sautners penalty listed…lol
  • Dahlen had another quiet night…lot of shots and passes generated but not playing on a line with Carcone/Kero obviously hurts Dahlen as he doesn’t have a bonafide finisher with im
  • Lukas Jasek had a pretty impressive night, lot of great scoring opportunities generated off his fore-checking
  • Zack MacEwen is in the same boat as Carcone, he’s exactly the type of player you’d expect to see in the NHL, a power forward with great puck control and great offensive instincts. If he can just work on his speed I think he might cement himself as a call-up if the Boucher experiment doesn’t pan out again
  • Defensive core is pretty quiet sans-Juolevi and sans-Chatfield, but they are proving to be quite good without; coupled with the forward group getting offense from all lines and returning AHL quality goaltending, this team could look to turn things around in a big way!

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back at home tomorrow night against the Belleville Senators. Utica will most likely be rolling with Demko back in net, and with their offense coming from all lines lately, we should be in for another great game! I’m pumped, and so should you! After weeks of painful gameplay, it finally looks like the Comets have got some blood back in their veins and are ready to play some hockey again!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

11/21/18 – Utica Comets vs. Laval Rocket

The Comets are looking to end their 4 game losing streak tonight at home against the Laval Rocket. The last couple meetings with Laval have been pretty tightly contested matches, but overall Laval holds the edge in the series (2-1-0-0). With Utica just hemorrhaging players to the IR, the farm will need to play a very disciplined and risk-averse game tonight to secure a victory.

The great glorious news we’re all here for though, is the farm teams golden glove, Thatcher Demko, who makes his long awaited season debut, after picking up a concussion in pre-season that kept him out of the lineup until tonight.

It also looks like Anders Nilsson will be returning to the Canucks lineup, which means Richard Bachman will make his return to Utica; this will mean Ivan Kulbakov will be most likely sent back down to the Farmies Farmies, the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

 

Starting Lineup

 

Like I wrote earlier, the team got smashed up pretty bad by Syracuse during Saturday’s game, with injuries coming to the Comets most reliable defender, Jalen Chatfield, as well as an undisclosed injury coming to forward Tanner MacMaster.

So sadly, we pull Darcy and Demko off of IR and add Chatfield and MacMaster to it. So it will be a very interesting game seeing our Farmies try to end the losing streak without some of their best players…oh and holy shit Olli Juolevi got benched, hot off Ryan Johnson singing his praises all over Vancouver’s sports radio stations hahah,

Oh boy I’m sure the media will handle this well…. add, “Utica Comets also have to contend with injuries to Chatfield, but also their powerplay quarterback in Olli Juolevi.”

It will definitely be interesting to see if that’s injury related, or a “straighten up” kind of benching.

 

LW C RW
Dahlen Kero Boucher
Carcone Cameranesi MacEwen
Bancks Darcy Jasek
Gadjovich Gardiner Palmu
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
Sautner Blujus
McEneny Graham
G
Thatcher “motherfucking” Demko

 

BENCHED
Juolevi Kulbakov Kile Woods

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Chatfield Hamilton Lind MacMaster
Hand lower body concussion week-to-week undisclosed

 

For now, Juolevi will stay in the “benched” section, until we know if its injury precaution or not.

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) If anyone has suggestions to improve on the clarity of the highlights/plays, I’d love suggestions for improvement! Until then let’s get into this one!

 

1st period

 

 

1st period score: 1-0 Utica

 

Outshot 9 to 2 but the Comets lead 1-0!

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-1 Laval

 

Utica are at least getting some shots on net…but after being outshot again 9 to 7 in the second period, the Comets are going to have to start throwing everything at the net to try and even this game up if they want to try to end the losing streak.

Also worth noting Jasek and Dahlen swapped lines about halfway through the second period. Guess Cull liked Jaseks hustle a bit more than Dahlens. Can’t say I disagree, Dahlen’s looked off all night.

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Comets complete the comeback, Final Score: 3-2 Utica Comets

 

Takeaways

  • Demko didn’t look rusty whatsoever, played aggressive. Made 19 saves on 21 shots
  • Carcone has got fucking wheels man, I legitimately don’t think anyone on the Utica roster has the speed to keep up with him
  • Gadjovich and Palmu have good chemistry…maybe it’s the several years in junior together, but I think they complement each other’s skillsets quite well
  • Gadjo’s skating looked much better tonight than it did previously, plus he was making some great passes throughout the game so it’s good to see him gaining some confidence in his offensive capabilities at this level
  • Utica’s penalty kill tonight was on fire, 5 for 5 on the PK, and their powerplay survived without Olli Juolevi and Jonathan Dahlen, so you know what that means!

TRADE JUOLEVI – CONFIRMED BUST!

  • but no, this was a good win for the team, if Culls masterplan was to have the team win without Dahlen on the top line and with Juolevi on the bench, then that’s effing genius. A good statement victory for the boys
  • also, it was great to see a massive drop in backhand passes in this game…maybe it’s like a “notice me” type of move that players on the farm use to increase their ice time etc. but so much of the time those backhand passes lead to nothing, so it was nice to see the team play a bit more of a straight forward, “simpler” hockey game

 

What’s Next?

Utica hits the road this Friday and visits the Buffalo Sabres farm team, the Rochester Americans. Rochester is absolutely annihilating their division right now with an impressive 24 points out of a possible 34. The Comets will have to bring their A game in order to make this one competitive. With Thatcher Demko back between the pipes and Richard Bachman coming back to the farm to back him up, we might see some steadier times ahead for the farm!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

 

EDIT: Juolevi was confirmed to be out with a knee injury…not benched for performance, but confirmed IR

11/17/18 – Utica Comets vs. Hartford Wolf Pack

A day late but only a couple hundred USD short; I’m back from America town, a bit more patriotic, a bit angrier, and ready to double-down on my usage of y’all fer this one der buds. To all the guys living in Utica and going to the games, I fucking commend you, Fridays game was “demand a refund” level of bad. I actually started wondering if I was doing a bad job at picking out highlights and plays, when I sadly realized there simply WEREN’T ANY. It was weird seeing a team collectively phone it in on home ice. The fans deserve better damn it! Maybe y’all will actually show up for Saturdays away game against the Hartford Wolf Pack! The last time the Comets met the Pack, we got a nutty ass game where the team was down 3-1 going into the third, then edged out a gritty shootout victory. Base on THAT meeting with Hartford I’m hoping for at least something competitive….but after Fridays game…I’ll be happy to get at least 10 streamables per period.

Starting Lineup

 

Holy shit Trent Cull was fucking pissed off at the boys for Fridays game because this lineup is a complete shit show. He’s dressing Jesse Graham who’s been a regular scratch for the last several weeks as a FORWARD, and rotating Dylan Blujus in as the seventh defender…I mean…Gadjovich IMO had a decent enough game Friday, and I dunno I guess he just doesn’t like Palmu…but it’s a roster of AHL lifers featuring Juolevi/Dahlen and Jasek….with the ECHL PTO as your starting goaltender…oh boy this will be interesting.

 

LW C RW
Carcone Kero MacEwen
Dahlen Cameranesi Boucher
MacMaster Jasek Bancks
Woods Graham
LD RD
Juolevi Sifers
Sautner Chatfield
Briesbois McEneny
Blujus
G
Connor LaCouvee

 


 

BENCHED
Gadjovich Kile Palmu

Injury Report
Arseneau Darcy Demko Hamilton Lind Gardiner
Hand undisclosed concussion concussion week-to-week undisclosed

 

Reading Saturdays lineup

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) If anyone has suggestions to improve on the clarity of the highlights/plays, I’d love suggestions for improvement! Until then lets get into this one!

 

1st period

 

 

An eventful 1st period see’s Utica outshooting their opponent, 17 to 10

 

2nd Period

 

 

Couple powerplays, but not much to write home about this period, very controlled play from Hartford, and a lot of panicky backhand passes from Utica to try and get some offense going. Michael Carcone goes down with an injury off a big hit as well so that’ll be a huge blow to the Comets moving into the third period if he cannot return.

Shot production dropped immensely by the comets here, getting outshot marginally by Hartford 10 to 8.

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-2 Hartford

 

3rd Period

 

 

Our Final Score: 6-3 Hartford Wolf Pack

 

Takeaways

  • Comets drop their FOURTH straight, and with the lingering injuries, lackluster goaltending and terrible 5v5 scoring, this team needs to step up and show they want to win.
  • Tanner Kero with his 2nd straight game of basically just being a body out there; not sure what happened in the past week to make him completely change his gameplay
  • Juolevi with another impressive first period, 3 shots, and a 0 +/- rating, but boy if he doesn’t get going, this team really has nothing to offer
  • Dahlen and Jasek are slowly building some quality chemistry…I hope to see Cull let this keep going, but with the teams current work ethic, I have a feeling we’re in for another line blender this upcoming Wednesday.
  • LaCouvee didn’t actually look too bad out there, doesn’t help the team playing in front of him is slow on the defensive and leaving him out to dry when teams are whacking away at the front of the net. Even Kulbakov is left high-and-dry on a lot of those “whack at the goalie till the buzzer goes”-type goals

 

Whats Next?

This game was marginally better to watch than Fridays annihilation by Syracuse, but that isn’t saying much. The team seems to live and die by Juolevi and Dahlens hand…with guys like Carcone and Kero disappearing, a huge burden is falling on the rookies to win games, which is fine, but that doesn’t mean you can just coast every shift. Next up the team returns home to face the Laval Rocket; the Comets have had a pretty tightly contested series with Laval this season, so hopefully we get something competitive this Wednesday!

And by competitive I mean, I HOPE the team collectively finds some energy to generate some offense outside of 48, 54, and 24. TBH though, I’m not expecting much, so much of the team is just coasting right now. I think some of the AHL regulars need to be benched for the ECHL PTO’s and rookies, because the dismal effort from some of these guys isn’t exactly inspiring

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies! Sorry for the delay on this one, was away in America as I said, but hopefully this gives you guys something to read up on Monday morning, instead of you know…*shudders* work…

11/16/18 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Well the farm is looking to bust up a 2 game losing skid with a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s farm team the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch are coming off back to back impressive wins over the Washington Capitals farm team the Hershey Bears and against the New Jersey Devils farm team the Binghamton Devils, winning those games 7-2 and 5-2 respectively. The Comets will need to see an improvement in their 5v5 scoring and some more reliable goaltending to make this game competitive!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Carcone Kero Boucher
MacMaster Cameranesi MacEwen
Dahlen Jasek Bancks
Gadjovich Woods Kile
LD RD
Juolevi Sifers
Sautner Chatfield
Briesbois McEneny
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Scratches
Blujus Palmu

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Darcy Demko Hamilton Lind Gardiner
Hand undisclosed concussion concussion week-to-week undisclosed

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Tonight I’m going to stick with what I did last game and stick with this kind of format – player (#jersey number of player) location at start of streamable if not plainly obvious by play description. To kind of speed up the process, I’ll probably spell the full players name with jersey number when they first show up in a play/highlight of the game, but will be shortened to just their last name in sequential plays…Opposing teams names will only be listed on goals against, or notorious penalties/majors etc. If anyone has suggestions to improve on the clarity of the highlights/plays, I’d love suggestions for improvement! Until then lets get into the game!

 

1st period

 

 

Score at end of 1st period:2-0 Syracuse

 

2nd Period

 

 

Shots in favor of Utica this period were 14 to 7… a pulled goalie, a missed penalty shot, a denied goal, oh boy that’s a heartbreaker of a period for the boys…would be shocked to see them pull off the comeback in the third after that one.

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-0 Syracuse

 

3rd Period

 

 

Pretty brutal third period, not a lot of scoring chances for either side, Comets passes not clean, Syracuse looking to just coast out the game, was quite the chore to get through… Utica led the period with 7 shots to Syracuse’s 5..

 

Our Final Score: 4-0 Syracuse

 

Takeaways

  • Gadjovich had a much better game, was good along the boards, even if the team didn’t score I think he did good with every shift
  • Juolevi did NOT have a good game, was consistently beaten in footraces for the puck, and wasn’t really noticeable on the point
  • Tanner Kero looked to be completely phoning it in this game…kind of a crazy flip from last game where he Dahlen and Juolevi were working wonders together
  • Dahlen, I almost want to say has to dial back his flash, because the guys he’s playing with seem completely unprepared to deal with the kinds of passes he’s generating for them in the front of the net
  • I think Alex Kile had 1 shift in the third period, still not sure why the ECHL call-up is getting ice time over one of the Canucks signed players. Even if Palmu is in Cull’s doghouse, just slot him in and bench him for the majority of the game…he basically did with Kile so whats the difference?
  • Jalen Chatfield had the best game out of the entire Comets bunch, strong checking, good footraces, hopped up into the offensive zone a few times, really solid game from an otherwise lackluster team performance
  • Ivan Kulbakov, holy moly, this team needs to spend like 4 days straight drilling spinning wrist shots from the left and right circles because this guy cannot stop a shot like that whatsoever. Hard to generate any momentum for the team if every defensive zone faceoff draw has like an 85% chance of being a goal for the opposing team.

 

Whats Next?

Well this one was pretty brutal to sit through so hopefully the next one will be a bit more feisty; Utica is up again tomorrow visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack to round out their 6th double header of 19 double headers in the season. AHL schedules are nutty man, that doesn’t even include the 5 back-to-back-to-backs that the team plays across the season too! So let’s hope the farm can get it together and generate some offense again, because lord knows they aren’t getting the goaltending they need so they need to be scoring. BADLY.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies! Relating to the next Farmies! I’ll be visiting the states for the weekend so Saturdays Farmies will likely not be out until Monday night or Tuesday night depending on how the Canucks fare. I.E. Don’t want the Farmies lost in the myriad of posts should the big boys light up the Habs AND the Jets on Saturday and Monday respectively.

 

EDIT: Looks like Trent Cull wasn’t a fan of tonights effort from the farm either. some pretty strong words

“I didn’t like our copmete. It is not everybody. We have to compete harder on pucks. We have to battle harder. Different guys kind of bring the same compete, and other guys…I shouldn’t have to BEG guys to compete at the pro hockey level.”

source: https://twitter.com/OD_Birnell/status/1063634116132970498

11/14/18 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators

Well guys, the Farm is on the road again, this time they’re in Belleville visiting the Ottawa Senators farm team aptly named…the..well…Senators…inspired, I know.

Was bound to be an exciting game as both teams were looking to bounce back from some pretty tragic losses, Utica to Binghamton (5-2) and Belleville to Toronto (8-2) so both teams tonight looking to prove something to themselves and to their opponent!

In less than encouraging news, Thatcher Demko continues to be a work in progress as he’s still yet to dress for the Comets, and ongoing injuries to Cam Darcy, Kole Lind, Vinny Arseneau, Wacey Hamilton and call-ups of Darren Archibald, Adam Gaudette and Alex Biega meant that the Farm would be relying on recent PTO signees, Alex Kile and Tony Cameranesi (name will be familiar to you as Tony is the brother of recent Gold medal Olympic champion Dani Cameranesi of the American Women’s Ice Hockey Team).

In some ENCOURAGING news though, the Comets finally got Reid Boucher back from a 7 game absence. Boucher was utilizing his newfound dad-strength and put up 12 points in 8 games before going down with a leg injury.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Dahlen Kero Boucher
Carcone Cameranesi MacEwen
MacMaster Jasek Bancks
Gadjovich Woods Kile
LD RD
Juolevi Sifers
Sautner Chatfield
Briesbois McEneny
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

 

Scratches
Blujus Darcy Lind Arseneau Gardiner Hamilton Palmu Graham

 

Pretty surprised at the Palmu scratching over someone like Alex Kile. Thought Palmu looked good on the PP. But I guess Cull is set on having Palmu on the left wing, and is more willing to flex Kile and Gadjovich around if that means keeping Palmu out.

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Tonight I’m gonna be doing more to try and improve the clarity of my streamables. So ideally including a players jersey number in parenthesis() next to the name, and perhaps their location at the start of the streamable so you guys know where and what to look for. Again this is all a work in progress so feedback greatly appreciated! Note this isn’t about literal resolution/fps issues, AHL only streams at a certain quality and I can only do my best to reproduce what I’m given to its best quality!

All that being said it should be an exciting game so let’s get into it!

 

 

1st period

 

 

Score at end of 1st period: 1-0 Belleville

 

2nd Period

 

 

Absolutely nutty 2nd period….guess the Comets coaching staff are learning lessons from the NHL squad about showing some pushback in the 2nd!

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: Belleville 4, Utica 3

 

3rd Period

 

Score at end of 3rd period: 4-4 tie

 

OVERTIME

 

With no goals, we head to the shootout

 

SHOOTOUT

 

 

Takeaways

  • Really great rally from the team to comeback from a deficit twice to force OT and a shootout is really impressive considering how young and inexperienced this squad is.
  • Juolevi is looking more and more legit as a powerplay quarterback
  • All 4 goals for Utica tonight came on the powerplay…based on my last post, I would have to argue that benching Petrus Palmu in favor of Alex Kile was a hugeeee missed opportunity. The powerplay was 4 for 9… and goals were only generated by Juolevi/Dahlen and Kero.
  • Cant be a 1 line powerplay unit, really think a PP unit of Palmu, Kero, Boucher, Juolevi, Dahlen would light the league up as a #1. Or at least stick Palmu and Juolevi together, because he plays really well when he has a lefty on the right wing to feed it to
  • Jonah Gadjovich didn’t have a single shift in overtime (at least not that I recall) he can be pretty hit or miss on shifts, either he’s on or he looks like he’s skating on concrete, the guy NEEDS his skating to be better in order to succeed in the AHL, otherwise he’s going to be passed over in the depths charts relatively quick.
  • Don’t be surprised if someone like MacEwen or MacMaster get called up in the event of an injury…they’re playing with great speed hustle and handle the puck real gud.
  • Please if anyone from the Comets reads this…do not play Alex Kile over Palmu…I get he’s on a PTO so you want to get what you paid for…but the guy is just a body out there…the team tonight desperately needed some dynamic offense and playmaking outside of Juolevi and Kero.

 

Whats Next?

Utica may have lost this one, but they’ll be back at home, Friday November 16th against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s farm team, the Syracuse Crunch! The Crunch have one of the lowest goals against in the North Division, so it will be a true test to see if the team can generate bonafide offense OUTSIDE of Juolevi/Kero and Dahlen.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, obviously this is still a work in progress so any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide! If not in this edition, but at the very least the next edition of the Farmies! Also do let me know about the revised clarity I’m providing on plays, let me know if it’s cluttered or perfectly fine!

EDIT: Formatting on the scratches table wasn’t right + minor spelling errors.

11/10/18 – Utica Comets vs. Binghamton Devils

Hey guys, THRILLHOIAF (The1THRILLHOUSE under other mediums) here with the second edition of the Farmies! Today’s game has our Utica Comets visiting the New Jersey Devils farm team, the Binghamton (trust me there’s no P, I checked several times) Devils. Binghamton sits third in their division…somehow as they have a division worst goals against of 53 and a meager goals for of 39. Last year the Comets absolutely rolled the Devils series with a 6-2-0-0 record. The Comets looked to test their impressive road record (4-1-1) but the big question remained, can the Comets ride the high of last nights comeback win, or will exhaustion spell their doom…(spoilers: it did)

 

Note

I’m still working on audio balancing and streamable quality as it’s a new medium for me so the first couple issues of this will be a work in progress so any help/advice would be great!

 

Preamble

Coming off last night’s victory, the Comets had to call up Alex Kile on a PTO from the Maine Mariners. I believe this was to replace Vinny Arseneau and Cam Darcy who left the game with injuries. They have a few guys on AHL deals playing in the minor league affiliate, but I believe travel issues barred them from getting the call up. With all that being said, the numerous injury woes to the Comets squad, the number of guys up with the big leagues and playing their goaltender for a 5th straight start (two back to back) we were definitely in for an interesting game. With that said, let’s get into it!

 

1st period

 

A very busy period indeed, and looks like I was right that Kulbakov 5th straight start (1st back to back) would have some serious fatigue. Not too many defensive errors on the goals against, mostly looked to be Kulbakov just having poor vision and puck control. Pretty reasonable, the guy had as many saves in last night’s Overtime as he did in the third period!

Alas, the score at end of 1st period: 4-1 Binghamton

 

2nd Period

 

Score at end of 2nd period: 5-1 Binghamton Devils

 

3rd Period

 

Final Score: 5-1 Binghamton Devils

 

Takeaways

  • Utica is a very young team, and with all the callups to the Canucks, and the number of guys filling in from the ECHL, its pretty impressive the comeback they pulled off last night. But back to backs are brutal. Especially when the back to back involves going on the road
  • I think Kulbakov was QUITE exhausted, and his poor play showed, fortunately, they have a week until their next game, a roadie against the Belleville Senators, so hopefully this will allow this young Utica squad some recovery time.
  • Hopefully the Comets powerplay guys recognize the work that Palmu is putting in and (Jason Botchford high pitched screaming voice) PASS IT TO FUCKING PALMU!
  • Also, shoutout to this guy in the bottom right for winning the puck toss contest between the 2nd and 3rd periods

 

Whats Next?

The Comets visit the Ottawa Senators farm team, the Belleville Senators. The Sens are coming off an 8-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies, so both teams will be looking to move past their rough losses.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, obviously this is still a work in progress so any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide! If not in this edition, but at the very least the next edition of the Farmies!

11/9/18 – Utica Comets vs. Hartford Wolf Pack

Hey guys THRILLHOIAF (the1THRILLHOUSE is my more common moniker) here with what I hope to be a fairly frequent series of reviews of the Comets games.

I recently got the AHL team package for the Comets and since I’ve got tonnes of time on my hands and want to contribute something to the sport I love I thought it’d be great to give our community a little bit of a glimpse at the kids on the farm (outside of twitter clips from the usual suspects) to see how they’re doing outside of just getting prospects updated points totals!

Note that I have a fairly positive outlook so some of my clips might be a bit “homerist” in that it may seem like a meaningless play or attribute of a players game, but I’m a fan of effort, skating, edgework passing, so some of my stuff might not be the standard “highlight reel clips” but stuff I think worth noting about a prospects value and style!

Note

I’m still working on audio balancing and streamable quality as its a new medium for me so the first couple issues of this will be a work in progress so any help/advice would be great!

without further adieu…

Utica Comets take on the NY Rangers farm team the Hartford Wolf Pack

Coming into tonight the Comets were on a 5 game losing streak at home and with Richard Bachman still up with the main squad, netminder Ivan Kubalkov was looking at his 4th start in a row. The Wolf Pack were visiting the Comets on their 5th straight road game but were well rested and looking to dominate after having almost 6 days to prepare after their last game, a shootout loss to the Hershey Bears. Lets get into it!

1st Period

  •  Tanner MacMaster taking lessons from Elias Pettersson and had a great chance alone down the wing, wiring one straight into Marek Mazanecs gloveside. (https://streamable.com/7u1zb)
  • 6th rounder Lukas Jasek had a great end to last season with the Comets, putting up 7 points in just 6 games. Here he is alone on the left circle with a great rinkwide pass from fellow 6th rounder, Petrus Palmu, where he attempts to go top shelf on Mazanec but again finds his glove (https://streamable.com/qoqvq)

 

Score at end of period: 0-0

 

2nd Period

  •  A great shift from Petrus Palmu see’s him use his stick to force the defender into making a risky chip that gets knocked back into the defensive zone, then fights for the puck along the boards and rounds it off with another rinkwide pass to Guillaume Brisebois, who gets a shot off on Mazanec and creates a close scoring opportunity. (https://streamable.com/8kgry)
  • A nifty pad save from Kubalkov keeps the game tied (https://streamable.com/cw25f)
  • Dahlen with the easy pass to MacEwen who rifles it past Mazanec to make it a 1-0 game! (https://streamable.com/ltboe)
  • Less than 3 minutes later Tim Gettinger weaves around Jonah Gadjovich and Brendan Woods like its nothing, picks up a rebound amongst Juolevi/Woods and Jamie Sifers and ties the game at 1. (https://streamable.com/cgjzt)
  • Michael Carcone with speed tries to get Utica a lead but is pokechecked away (https://streamable.com/guwzh).
  • Moments later Ville Meskanen tips a shot up front to give Hartford the lead (https://streamable.com/8ge08).
  • A few minutes after, a screening Jonah Gadjovich and a great shot from Jalen Chatfield at the blue line leads to a great scoring opportunity, but no dice (https://streamable.com/df1hu).
  • Juolevi towards the end of a shift does a great job fighting for and clearing the puck then recovering a bad giveaway by Carcone that could’ve been bad news (https://streamable.com/o0971)
  • Petrus Palmu with some hustle to start his shift (https://streamable.com/988d5)
  • A lazy clear attempt from Tanner Kero leads to a Ville Meskanen one-timer that puts the Wolf Pack up by 2 (https://streamable.com/yjend)

 

Score at end of 2nd period: 3-1 Hartford

 

3rd Period

 

  • Olli Juolevi steps up to into the play for a one timer but doesnt hit it with enough power to make it count (https://streamable.com/ac5wl)
  • A Lukas Jasek giveaway ends the Comets hopes for another try on the powerplay (https://streamable.com/me5u6)
  • Jonathan Dahlen attempts to shatter some ankles, but blows a tire instead (https://streamable.com/ig2kr)
  • Dahlen then followed up with shades of his boy EP40 with the slapper on the wing (https://streamable.com/htk0o)
  • Tanner MacMaster might be one of the standouts from the few games I’ve watched, great hustle and speed, just like this EP40 attempt (https://streamable.com/tp31p) – i assume the team was watching Petey highlights or something pre-game cause this exact scoring attempt was made at least 5 times in this game
  • Palmu again recovers an awkward bounce with a shot on net and ends the shift with a hit on the 6’1″ Gabe Fontaine (https://streamable.com/ud7dx)
  • MacMaster with the no look pass in front to Lukas Jasek, who roofs it to bring the Comets within 1 (https://streamable.com/voi2u)
  • Jonah Gadjovich couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first AHL goal, here he parks at the net after battling along the boards and gets it past Mazanec to tie the game with a minute 27 left in the game (https://streamable.com/udmc1)
  • the game almost didn’t even go to overtime as Hartford had a huge scoring opportunity seconds before the periods conclusion (https://streamable.com/pad94)

 

Score at end of 2nd period: 3-3 tie

Overtime

I didn’t clip it, but on that last scoring chance from Hartford, Comets player Michael Carcone received a tripping penalty at the literal end of the period so the Comets had to spend the first two minutes of this Overtime on the penalty kill…I clipped the majority of the PK because its simply incredible how clutch Ivan Kubalkov was during this 2 minutes…some absolutely clutch saves were made.

after an overtime with no goals we went to the shootout

Shootout

Takeaways

  • Petrus Palmus points may not show it, but the guys hustle, creativity and edgework are probably the most standout on the team…I mean maybe I’m fanboying a bit hard but I kind of stopped looking at the puck on this shift and just watched him glide around the ice waiting for the breakout pass (https://streamable.com/yftg7)
  • per the above due to his stature, Palmu utilizes a very “active stick” he’s constantly using it to create space, and create the illusion that his opponents dont have space. like in [this little play here where he singlehandedly boxes out the Wolf Pack defender into passing up the right wing into the Comets defenders, and then AGAIN boxes him out into passing to his LD who is forced to pass it down the wing instead of cross ice to their RW. (https://streamable.com/nqqk6)
  • Given his workload he’s received with Bachman gone, Kubalkov stepped up fucking hugeeee tonight some really awkward passe and bounces to the front of the net, but he was game. (https://streamable.com/vnzq4)
  • Jalen Chatfield remained off the scorecard, but the guy had a great game, relied upon in every situation and rarely did I ever see any kind of flub from him. Reminds me a bit of Chris Tanev, just super reliable.
  • I’m pretty sure they gave Petrus one of the 3 stars due to them thinking he got his first AHL goal, but he should’ve definitely got it for his hustle, solid defensive play and offense generation.
  • I’m actually pretty shocked they didn’t give the 1st star to Kubalkov. The 3 goals against him in the game were due to poor defense or just unfortunate tips, but the guy was huge in the 3rd period and overtime for the Comets, certainly earned it in my eyes.

Whats Next?

The Comets visit the Binghamton Devils tomorrow at 7pm EST

The big question will be, does Kubalkov get tomorrow off?? Will we see Connor LaCouvee start a game?

Anyways guys I hope you like this kind of stuff, obviously this is a work in progress, and I can get pretty wordy at times, so any feedback is appreciated, I hope to get these out post-game as soon as possible, or at the very least before their next game! The AHL schedule is fairly friendly in that they’ll have a game every 2 days, then suddenly a 5 day break so I’ll definitely do my best to try make this a frequent thing so we can have as much Vancouver content as possible!

Thanks everyone, have yourselves a great long weekend!