12/29/18 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

Wellp. Here we are, back again with another edition of the Farmies; last night went about as poorly as any game of hockey could go for a team. Outshot 41 to 33, abysmal powerplay going 0 for 6, two goalie substitutions, first team in the AHL this season to allow 10 goals against, 3 shorthanded goals against IN A ROW, totaling 12 on the season for the league HIGHEST…….I mean…it LITERALLY could not have been a worst game from our farm team…I’m genuinely curious what Cull is going to roll out tonight to try and wake up this lineup because since the Christmas break, this entire team has looked collectively, completely out to lunch.

I don’t really want to do too much investigation on the Americans, because frankly I spent a while prepping for the Syracuse game only to have the team just collectively no-show. So I’ll sum it up with; the Amurks are good. They lead the North Division, have outscored the Comets 19-8 while leading their season head-to-head record with 3 wins and 1 loss so yeah they’ve pretty much crushed the Comets so far this season…so the team will collectively need to forget the Syracuse game ever happened and show up big for the home crowd!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Dahlen Gaunce Archibald
Jasek Kero MacEwen
Gadjovich Hamilton Bancks
Arseneau Darcy Lind
LD RD
Brisebois Blujus
McEneny Sifers
Dirk Saucerman
G
Thatcher Demko

 

 

RE: Benchings

Rightly so, Boucher, Graham and MacMaster are on the bench after their absolutely awful games last night…I think if the Comets had more healthy bodies available, there’d probably even more guys sitting out tonight.

Benched
Boucher Graham MacMaster

 

TRANSACTIONS

Thank Gaud, Gaudsplan will be returning to the Comets lineup. A MUCH needed boost to the teams center depth…he won’t be here until the New Year but this is a welcome relief to the Comets.

With Gaudsplan’s return to the Comets, the team released Tony Cameranesi from his PTO…while he was serviceable at times, he also had many bad games that probably would have gotten him benched in any other scenario had the team not been THAT in need for centermen for the entire 2018 stretch of the season.

RE: INJURY REPORT

Coming off the bench for the first time this season in game 36 fittingly, is #36 Wacey Hamilton, who had been sidelined with a concussion since pre-season this year. Hamilton was signed to a year contract after achieving a career high # of points with the Comets (22 in 45 games)…yeah…I know…

Also coming off the bench is Jonah Gadjovich who had missed several possible games with an ankle injury off a block attempt…I’ve yet to see Wacey Hamilton play this season, but given how poorly Bancks has looked, I have major reservations about seeing Gadjovich on a line with a guy coming off THAT big of a layoff and the offensive black hole that is Carter Bancks…

 

Injury Report
Bachman Chatfield Gadjovich Juolevi Sautner Woods
Achilles lower body lower body 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: 2-1 Comets

 

Well this certainly was infinitely better than last games first period! Team had better passing on the powerplay and just in general looked more cohesive out there. Despite being outshot 12 to 9, it genuinely felt like the Comets had more meaningful possession, and that’s even with the first penalty kill and the 4-on-3 PK that let in a goal. Still a promising start from the boys…

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

No scoring, but it was a pretty dominant period from the Comets, 3 powerplays, albeit unsuccessful ones; outshot the Amurks 15 to 9 and generally were really good along the boards to maintain their own possession as well as mucking up a lot of the Amurks zone-exit attempts with well-placed sticks. Props to Lind and Gadjovich in that department, as they’ve been very noticeable in that department for the team so far tonight.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 4-3 Comets 

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Vincent Arseneau Cam Darcy Kole Lind 5v5
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Darren Archibald Evan McEneny PPG
1st Rochester CJ Smith Zach Redmond Victor Olofsson PPG
3rd Rochester Eric Cornel Justin Bailey Brendan Guhle PPG
3rd Utica Brendan Gaunce Zack MacEwen 5v5
3rd Utica Darren Archibald Thatcher Demko PPG/EN
3rd Rochester Justin Bailey Sean Malone Referees 5V5

 

Takeaways

  • Well this was an impressive effort, particularly from guys like, Wacey Hamilton, Jonah Gadjovich, Kole Lind, Jonathan Dahlen and Darren Archibald. The team played like they had something to prove and the scoreline reflected their efforts tonight. Their aggressive forechecking from the 3rd and 4th lines opened up a lot of scoring opportunities, and their work along the boards is absolutely topnotch; tonight was a heavily favored towards the Comets for possession , they were maintaining the offensive zone super well, and rarely got caught in their own for extended periods of time.
  • Jonathan Dahlen certainly looked more together tonight than he had the previous couple games. I think some of the line shakeups after Friday night’s game may have done wonders, because the teams passing looked completely different on the powerplay than it had since the return from the Christmas break.
  • Props to Wacey Hamilton who despite being out the majority of this season with a concussion, didn’t look out of shape, or late to the puck or anything tonight, they guy played lights out, and had some serious chemistry going with Bancks and Gadjovich right from the get go.
  • I wonder if someone from the team reads the Farmies because this was the most physical the team has played I think all year…lots of hard hits when finishing their checks, physically aggressive along the boards and on their checks, again, I’m not just blowing smoke, but it was literally like watching a completely different team tonight compared to the team that played against Binghamton and Syracuse during this triple header.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Jonathan Dahlen for getting a goal, 5 shots, really crisp passing tonight on the powerplay
  2. Wacey Hamilton for being a difference maker despite a huge layoff for a brutal concussion and showing great chemistry with Jonah Gadjovich that appears like it could be a staple line that isn’t worth breaking up.
  3. Darren Archibald for his 2nd ridiculous goal of the season, 8 shots total, and generally having some really solid centering passes tonight that lead to some prime scoring opportunities for the team…again totally different player tonight than the past 3 games. Will that carry over to the New Year though? Who knows…

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets return next year on Wednesday January 2nd to face off AGAIN against the Syracuse Crunch. *insert comical cartoonish gulp gif*. The last meeting as we all know went as badly as any game of hockey could possibly go…so legitimately I have no clue what kind of tweaks the team will make to prep themselves for the Crunch…obviously they wont be starting Ivan Kulbakov that’s for sure… Kubby will probably be saved for the back-to-back next Saturday/Sunday when the team visits the Cleveland Monsters.

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this last edition of the Farmies for 2018! 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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