12/12/18 – Utica Comets vs. Providence Bruins

Can I get an F in the comments for Ashton Sautner

Yes, one of the Comets most reliable defenceman of late was officially put on IR for an undisclosed amount of time as he recovers from a broken orbital, cheek AND nose.

The AHL did suspend Eric Tangradi the other day for the egregious hit, but at 1 game, its hard to not consider the suspension a complete fucking joke. Given how reckless and dangerous Tangradi’s hit was on a head-down Sautner. It’s kind of incredible he got away unscathed. Tangradi even boldly tried to apologize on twitter, justifying that he had his arms down the entire time and thus wasn’t intending to injure SAutner on the play….gimme a fuckin break.

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With last weeks games being an absolute wrecking ball to the Comets D-line; Dylan Blujus ALSO joined Sautner on IR, when during play on Saturdays game, Blujus fell awkwardly on his arm and was nursing it before leaving the ice. Filling in however, is Yukon Cornelius a.k.a Colton Saucerman, a.k.a the most glorious hockey name the Comets could’ve possibly called up on short notice. The Sauce had spent most of his time in the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs, only recently being moved to the Idaho Steelheads where he quickly put up 8 points in 10 games. Filling in for Sautner will be no easy task but between he and Jagger Dirk, I’m sure they’ll be able to pull their weight to attempt to fill the void!

 

Like I said, With the Comets hemorrhaging key players from their forward and defensive group, it will be interesting to see how Trent Cull balances his lineup tonight… The Sauce and Dirk will most likely be sliding into very demanding roles right out the gate, so i assume he’ll be expecting some pretty straightforward traditional hockey play from his veterans, nothing flashy or fancy (at least I hope)…If I see a bunch of blind back passes to nowhere I’ll be pretty choked…now more than ever this team can’t afford defensive lapses without key members of their defensive core to compensate

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
MacMaster Cameranesi Lind
Archibald Darcy Bancks
LD RD
Brisebois McEneny
Sifers Graham
Dirk Saucerman
G
Thatcher “motherfucking” Demko

 

RE: Benchings

Gadjovich and Palmu continue their stretch of benchings. IIRC Cull usually rolls these two out for Friday games, so it really isn’t a surprise at this point. Gadjovich has been looking steadily better and better the past couple games, and both he AND Palmu played with some serious fire when they were slotted in the same game together, so the time will come, but with the Comets despearately needing defensively reliable players…that time…is just not quite tonight!

RE: INJURY REPORT

Apparently Vincent Arseneau started practicing again recently, he’s been gone since November 9th after breaking his hand getting in a scrap…(with another team)…(this aint St. Louis)

 

BENCHED
Vincent Arseneau Jonah Gadovich Petrus Palmu

 

Injury Report
Blujus Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi Sautner
Upper body lower body concussion knee his fucking faceeeeeee

 

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 White

 

 

1st period score: 2-0 Comets

 

The Comets had some real gud hockey this period; playing a nice and simple game, nothing too fancy or flashy, lot of successful break-in attempts from the wings. I love these games where the Comets opt to NOT resort to blind drop-passes on every break-in and instead rely on their speed to accomplish things.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Providence outshot the Comets 16 to 6 in the second period; Super undisciplined play at times. Demko didn’t have too many highlight reel saves, but given that he was 15/16. It’s safe to say he’s the only reason tonight’s game remained a lead for the Comets. Hopefully some more disciplined 5v5 play will come this next period. The Comets start the third on a powerplay so IN THEORY…we should be getting more than 6 shots to close this game out.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-2 Comets

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Colton Saucerman Jagger Dirk Brendan Gaunce 5v5
1st Utica Reid Boucher Jamie Sifers Jesse Graham 5v5
2nd Providence Jordan Swarz Kyle Cumiskey Anders Bjork PPG
3rd Utica Reid Boucher Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Utica Zack MacEwen Jamie Sifers Brendan Gaunce 5v5
3rd Providence Zach Senyshyn Joel Messner Peter Cehlarik 5v5
3rd Utica Darren Archibald Reid Boucher EN

 

Takeaways

  • Despite an absolutely horrific second period showing, the Comets proved resilient, and keep making me have to eat my own words as the team continues to find even-strength scoring from all lines in the wake of Carcone’s absence
  • Thatcher Demko is still so fucking unreal for this team. I don’t know any other goalie that faces as rough of a 2nd period as the Comets did tonight and get away with it. 15/16 saves in the second, 10/11 in the third period. Demko is just such a pro out there; clutch as hell
  • I know a lot of people will think I’m just hyping him up cause of the beard, but Colton Saucerman was huge tonight. Not many defenceman get called up from the ECHL and immediately get slotted in a special team’s role their first game and are depended on in practically all other scenarios. Guy was given powerplay time, defensive starts, offensive starts; I was genuinely worried how this team would be without Chatfield, Juolevi, Blujus AND Sautner for this game, but the Sauce was huge tonight, as was his D partner Jagger Dirk…both were absolutely clutch tonight for Utica

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Thatcher Demko – see above…guy was absolutely clutch tonight. You can blame the AHL cameramen for having such poor reaction times, so a lot of his saves tonight were on lightning quick one-timer that the camera guys weren’t keeping up with…but yeah, the stats speak for themselves 31 saves on 33 shots, only 2 goals against and they were completely unlucky tips in front.
  2. Reid Boucher – despite his shortcomings defensively; his lack of aggressive backchecking or board work, the guy still puts up terrific offense in the AHL…he’s basically a less selfish version of Carcone, just without the speed. I can see why he got benched by Cull in that one game, because for all his offensive prowess the guy is just soooo lethargic when it comes to defensive work. If he didn’t have 2 goals and 1 assist with 7 shots, he’d probably be benched again, but I don’t think any coach can deny what he brings to the ice 5v5.
  3. Colton Saucerman/Jagger Dirk – both guys stepped up huge as fill-ins for the Comets staple blue-liners in Sautner and Blujus. Jesse Graham was having a great offensive game tonight, but defensively had quite a number of gaffes. Dirk and the Sauce were sound offensively and defensively tonight, were pinching up at key moments with success, and had good speed on their backchecking. Not to mention being quite effective on what ended up being a very demanded Comets penalty kill unit. Really great stuff from the ECHL PTO’s!

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets riding a 3 game win streak are back at home this Friday when the Binghamton Devils visit once again. Ironically, Fridays game will see the return of Eric Tangradi, who will be coming off his LENGTHY….AND I MEAN, UNIRONICALLY LENGTHY 1…COUNT EM….1 GAME SUSPENSION… for his brutal elbow to Ashton Sautners face that will keep him out of action for the next several months. The Comets absolutely decimated the Devils 7-4 in that game, and I’m sure they will want to keep that tradition up at home to avenge their fallen comrade. The Devils last two games they’ve been outscored collectively 10 to 2. So haha. Fuck you Devils and your shit ass farm team. Fingers crossed for another game where we absolutely embarrass their goalie!

 

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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