12/27/18 – Utica Comets vs. Binghamton Devils

Whats up everybody, hope Santa spoiled you all, and if he cheaped out then I hope you were able to get something for yourself! You’ve all earned it! The next couple weeks or so the Farmies is going to be on a pretty tough track, with both the NHL AND World Juniors happening at the same time…so I’m going to link up the last edition I did right below, because I thought it was a fantastic statement game for Zack MacEwen, to make his pitch to be a call-up to the Canucks and a really interesting Farmies to see just what that guy is capable of.

 

Link to the last Farmies here

 

Tonight the Comets faceoff against the Binghamton Devils for the third time in a row! With their loss last Saturday, the Comets dropped to 3rd in the North Division. Last game the team struggled hard in the opening two periods to generate consistent possession numbers, tonight after some rest and relaxation, I’d hope the Comets will have worked out those kinks, and will look to start this insane, 3 game in 3 night stretch to close out 2018!

 

Eric Tangradi is NOT in tonight’s lineup for the Devils, so in theory, NO ONE should be going down with horrific assault injuries. So lets get into tonight’s lineup!

 

Starting Lineup

 

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

 

RE: Benchings

Despite several successful games in a row for Jagger Dirk, he sits so Colton Saucerman can play…I wonder if that’s because they need to sell some more of those “get sauced Utica” t-shirts they made to capitalize on the viral sensation

Benched
Arseneau Dirk

RE: INJURY REPORT

Nothing new on the injury front besides Richard Bachman going down with an Achilles injury in last Friday’s game he has been declared out indefinitely which required the Comets calling up Ivan Kulbakov to be Demko’s relief for the foreseeable future.

Injury Report
Bachman Chatfield Gadjovich Hamilton Juolevi Sautner Woods
Achilles lower body lower body concussion Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee lower body

 

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

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 0-0 Tie

 

Dominant first period from the Comets even if they didn’t score…2 powerplays, 15 shots to the Devils 5…if I had access to possession numbers, I’m sure it would be like 70/30 in favor of the Comets. Liked what I saw from the lines; I didn’t expect much from a Lind, Cameranesi, MacMaster line, but they’ve looked pretty decent when used! All in all, a really solid period of play from Blujus, Graham and Jasek!

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 0-0 Tie

 

A slow burn of a period…only 8 shots between the two teams until the extended Devils powerplay where they extended their shot differential 8 to 4. A patience testing period as the Comets really got nothing going with any of their zone entries but still managed to hold possession for the bulk of the period…that final penalty kill though will have exhausted some of their players pretty hard though…they REALLY need to shore up their offense in the third if they want to try and put this game away.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 1-0 Devils

 

Despite outshooting the Devils 33 to 18 across three periods, the Comets just couldn’t get anything substantial offensively against Cam Johnson. Physically, the Devils just dominated the Comets, at least 50% of the Comets zone-entry attempts ended with the Coments player sandwiched against the boards while another Devil cleared it…rinse and repeat for 60 minutes and the Devils eke out a victory despite getting badly out possessed.

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
3rd Binghamton John Ramage Michael Kapla Brandon Gignac PPG

 

Takeaways

  • Comets powerplay was once again completely abysmal against the AHL’s WORST penalty killing team… The team has scored only 4 times in their last 34 powerplays…Time to change it up, because it isn’t working, you can only roll out 5 left hand shots with one right hand shot (Boucher) and expect your opponent to not see the one-timer setup to Boucher coming. Its so telegraphed, no wonder the Devils had no problem against the Comets tonight as their coaches know who to physically shutdown in order to succeed
  • The Blueline was the only effective thing about the Comets tonight 
    D # of Shots
    McEneny 2
    Blujus 3
    Saucerman 3
    Brisebois 2
    Graham 1

     

  • Jasek, Kero, MacMaster, MacEwen, Lind and Dahlen were held to 0 shots….with any shot attempts made, being blocked or deflected wide from the goal… MacMaster had a golden opportunity down the wing but literally dropped his stick, or had it slip from his hands…whichever it was it was not a compelling argument to continue playing him at this capacity, because he’s simply looked out of his depth when it comes to generating offense for the team
  • The Devils were particularily VERY physical with Jasek tonight, I think the coaching staff knew that Jasek is this teams unsung hero, a brilliant playmaker and passer that if shutdown, pretty much blows up that lines ability to create meaningful offense.
  • Despite Darcy’s one takeaway, I felt he was pretty invisible tonight, Bancks as well. Dahlen is pretty much wasted playing with these two as neither are strong enough to battle along the boards to retrieve the puck, nor fast enough on a zone-entry to get anything collectively going.
  • Would like to see Dahlen slot back in with Gaunce and MacEwen. Archibald is back to phoning it in if a period isn’t going his way. Get someone with MacEwen who can take a pass and MAKE a pass instead of taking the selfish play 90% of the time.
  • Please fix the powerplay…

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Jesse Graham
  2. Dylan Blujus
  3. Colton Saucerman

 

Honorable Mention: same as last game, Evan McEneny, who after having his last season wrecked by a leg injury, is making a decent campaign for himself as being a reliable call-up for the Canucks blue-line. Solid back-checking, very rarely takes bad penalties, can PK and is solid on the powerplay as well.

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back at it again tomorrow night against the Syracuse Crunch, and then AGAIN on Saturday against the Division leading Rochester Americans. First and foremost though, the Syracuse Crunch are second in the North Division with least games played, and will be coming in tomorrow night’s game on a 3 game win streak. The Comets need to shore up their offense if they want to even have a chance to win this one.

 

For now! this has been it for tonight’s Farmies, but I’ll be back again tomorrow! As always I 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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