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

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