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…

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