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!

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