12/8/18 – Utica Comets vs. Binghamton Devils

What’s happening R/Canucks, I passed out about 6 minutes after posting last night’s Farmies, then was up for 4 hours coughing up my lungs, then sleeping for another 3 hours, then again more coughing. IN THEORY, I should be rested enough to be able to put together a more dynamic Farmies issue. Last night I feel like there may have been more minor aspects of our rookie’s games that could have been captured, but I was just so out of it, it started getting really tough to stay focused. So I’m hoping tonight’s installment will be more encompassing and true to the original goal of the Farmies!

 

Last night was a game that I’m still in a bit of disbelief after having watched; between the rookies all slotting into the lineup and having impactful and meaningful games, the minor league style fighting/cheapshots or the post-game staredown at center ice; I truly don’t think any game going forward will be able to top the magic that was last night. Like think about it…the team was without Carcone AND was Reid Boucher, two of their top 5 point getters and playing with 4 lines featuring a checking winger and a skill/scoring winger…By all accounts last night’s game should’ve been this dull affair where nobody scores and Demko is left high and dry once again. BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN! The whole team showed up to FUCKING PLAY.

 

Tonight the Comets are facing a team who’s had their number all season in the Binghamton Devils, fortunately the Devils have lost back-to-back games and are winless in 7 of their last 10, with their most recent loss being a 5-0 rout against the Syracuse Crunch. If Richard Bachman can have a good showing, and fingers crossed, Trent Cull rolls out the same lines he did last night, we could be in for a competitive game against the Devils.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
MacMaster Cameranesi Gadjovich
Archibald Darcy Bancks
LD RD
Sautner McEneny
Brisebois Blujus
Sifers Graham
G
Richard Bachman

 

RE: Benchings

Kole Lind sits out again tonight; Joining him are Brendan Woods and Petrus Palmu. Palmu did have a pretty solid game last night, but again still seeks the elusive first goal of his AHL career, wish he would’ve got the start over Tanner MacMaster who’s been pretty ineffectual the past couple weeks of games.

 

BENCHED
Jagger Dirk Kole Lind Petrus Palmu Brendan Woods

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bancks Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi
Hand upper body 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 and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.

 

1st period

 

Comets in Blue

 

 

1st period score: 4-1 Comets

 

Comets with an absolutely dominant first period, I think this is their first 4 goal period of the season. Shots registered as 13 to 7 for Utica but it really feels like Utica had triple that amount; Absolute domination from them so far. Doubtful Sautner returns into the game as he looked to be in an incredible amount of pain when he went down…if that was the butt end of a stick or an elbow then I wouldn’t be shocked if he maybe had his orbital cracked.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 5-3 Comets

 

This game is literally turning into a repeat of last night’s game against the Thunderbirds. Comets having a bit of a hard time as Blujus went down with an arm injury in the middle of the second so now they’re down to just 4 D. Still, the Comets outshot the Devils 12 to 10 in that period. It will be interesting to see if the Comets can ramp it up again for the third to seal it.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 7-4 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Reid Boucher Tanner Kero 5v5
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Zack MacEwen Reid Boucher PPG
1st Binghamton John Quenneville Colton White 5v5
1st Utica Ashton Sautner Jonah Gadjovich Tanner MacMaster 5v5
1st Utica Darren Archibald Guillaume Brisebois Cam Darcy 5v5
2nd Binghamton Michael McLeod Nathan Bastian Josh Jacobs 5v5
2nd Utica Jamie Sifers 5v5
2nd Binghamton Nathan Bastian Michael McLeod Brandon Gignac PPG
3rd Binghamton Colton White John Quenneville Blake Pietila PPG
3rd Utica Tanner MacMaster 5v5
3rd Utica Zack MacEwen EN

 

Takeaways

  • Early aggression from the Comets was a godsend, hit them hard and fast, team looked way more cohesive than they have in the past; I love it when they have these games where they ditch the relentless backwards no look passes that always end up in odd-man rushes going the other way. A much more simple passing forward playstyle that leads to more goals and better offense
  • Bachman despite the win still looks very weak in net. Maybe it’s his size, but he appears to have trouble tracking the puck through traffic. Most of the goals against were the result of traffic
  • While I appreciate our team not getting goaded into playing dirty, old school, fight everybody hockey, there really should have been some more kickback on the Sautner elbow. Some really scummy shit once again goes unpunished…but I suppose at that point they were winning and didn’t want to lose off of losing their composure…so its fair I suppose!
  • Goals came from 7 different players tonight, so its good to see the team collectively stepping up in the wake of Carcone’s absence. Much more team oriented gameplay which is great!
  • LOL at Reid Boucher having 2 points on the night but still ending as a -1 in a 7-4 victory. Don’t get me wrong there isn’t much you can do when Bachman can’t control a rebound or see past anyone on his team except for Palmu.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Zack MacEwen – again, I think this guy has cemented himself as the number 1 call-up to the Canucks…great speed, solid offensive instincts, doesn’t need powerplay time to produce, great net front presence, playmaking ability, and his defensive game is coming around really nicely. I think if the Canucks needed a big bodied winger who can score…and I’m being completely hypothetical here because the likelihood of it happening is like 0.0001%…stick him in the top 6 and guaranteed he’d produce. The guys improvement has been nuts
  2. Tanner MacMaster – as the game was kind of slipping by the team in the third, he came up huge with the goal in front of the net to seal it for Utica. He’d struggled for the better part of the last 5-10 games to find a spot on the roster and it was good to see him make a difference tonight
  3. Reid Boucher – negative +/- aside, the guy had a goal and an assist with 7 shots on net. The guy was a machine tonight for the first two periods at least, as he really tried to show the coach why benching him was a mistake. Dad strength + something to prove is a deadly combo

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets return home to face the Providence Bruins on Wednesday; Given how rough the last two games were on the team in terms of cheapshots and rougplay…it will be interesting to see what a game against the Boston B’s farm team will look like.

Dahlen is currently riding a 3 game goal streak so it’ll be great to see him extend it against the B’s at home. Fingers crossed we keep getting more exciting gameplay from the Comets, and toes crossed that we get another game where all our rookies get slotted in again because I really think that worked quite well for the team.

 

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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