1/5/19 – Utica Comets vs. Cleveland Monsters

Good afternoon my fellow Canucks, I know we’re all still in a bit of mourning as we pray for the immediate and full recovery of the golden god, Elias Pettersson….since none of us are miracle workers however, lets instead look to the future, as we dive into today’s Farmies where the brightest stars of tomorrow refine their game so that they too may one day play in the NHL, get hauled down behind the play and get nothing called! Since there hasn’t been too much groundbreaking news on the AHL front I’m gonna just cut to the chase and get right into it!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaudette Pyatt
Bancks Hamilton MacEwen
Arseneau Darcy Lind
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Graham
Wyszomirski Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Benched
Dirk Gadjovich Jasek MacMaster

 

RE: Benching’s

Like Palmu before them, I’m legitimately not sure what Gadjovich, Dirk OR Jasek for that matter are NOT doing to deserve being sat on the bench…all 3 have been VERY effective in their past games for the team… I truly don’t know what message the team is trying to send… “work really hard, out possess the shit out of your opponents, generate chances…. But since you’re young that means you’re not ready by virtue of age alone and thus must sit.” Like dude….Bancks doesn’t bring anything to this team BUT penalty killing…you can’t honestly tell me he’s more valuable than what Gadjo/Jasek/Dirk were bringing 5v5.

 

TRANSACTIONS

The Comets signed PTO goaltender Alex Sakellaropolos after the Flyers claimed Canucks legend Mike McKenna after he was put on waivers.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Chatfield Juolevi Sautner
Out for the Season undisclosed foot Out for the season 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

 

 

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

 

Really competitive first period from the Comets, despite the 3 early penalties, the 5-on-3 for 2 minutes, they were sound defensively throughout the opening 20 minutes so that was great to see. Offensively the team definitely picked it up in the latter half of the period. Really crisp passing and playmaking from both McEneny and Dahlen to try and open the scoring for the Comets! Yeah, to anyone asking me if any player on the D corps that’s looking worthy of an NHL callup its 100% McEneny.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 5-0 Comets

 

Well…this must be how the Crunch felt that one game…absolute domination from the Comets in this period. I don’t even think the Zamboni’s need to run the Comets side of the ice after that period. Outshot the Monster 21 to 9, they also had 3 powerplays but couldn’t capitalize on any…didn’t matter though because their 5v5 scoring ability is on FIRE tonight. Adam Gaudette looks a notch above everyone on the Monsters team…he isn’t a big guy by any stretch but he is just weaving and running around the Monsters players like the fucking roadrunner, no one is on him at all.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 6-2 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Utica Zack MacEwen Wacey Hamilton 5v5
2nd Utica Jesse Graham Carter Bancks Wacey Hamilton 5v5
2nd Utica Vincent Arseneau Adam Gaudette Tom Pyatt 5v5
2nd Utica Adam Gaudette Tom Pyatt Colton Saucerman 5v5
2nd Utica Adam Gaudette Brendan Gaunce Kole Lind 5v5
3rd Utica Vincent Arseneau Kole Lind 5v5
3rd Cleveland Sonny Milano Kole Sherwood Michael Prapavessis 5v5
3rd Cleveland Nathan Gerbe Mark Letestu Gabriel Carlsson 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • I like this kind of Comets hockey; aggressive in the offensive zone; Simple passing setups on their zone entries (cough Lind cough); Really calculated with their shots tonight. Overall an incredibly effective style of play that paid off huge
  • Adam Gaudette was a monster tonight…8 shots, 2 goals, 1 assist, practically every zone entry of his led to scoring opportunities from the Comets.
  • Dahlen had a quieter night, only registering 2 shots on net, but the guy was a presence along the boards, and his passing whenever the Comets were in the offensive zone is always top notch. I’m not really sure if he necessarily has the BEST chemistry with Gaudette and Pyatt, but every line was effective tonight so I mean I guess it worked out!
  • Wacey Hamiltons incredible possession efforts finally pay off as he nets himself 2 assists on the night.
  • Lind…special shout out to the coaches that have to tell him to stop trying to be a junior player in a pro league. Every game he doesn’t attempt blind backpasses/droppasses I swear to god his effectiveness skyrockets…he had great puck control and possession while in the offensive zone, had several good zone entries and you know why? Because he wasn’t trying to dangle or toe drag or try some “no-look” blind pass bullshit that lost the team possession.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Adam Gaudette
  2. Ivan Kulbakov – completely redeems the Syracuse Crunch blip with a 28 save on 30 shot performance
  3. Tie between MacEwen/Arseneau/Hamilton and Lind who were immensely effective tonight whenever they were on the ice

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets break the 3rd place tiebreaker for the north division today, but they return again tomorrow against Cleveland to try and edge their lead Currently the Comets lead their series record 2-0-0-0, hopefully the Comets can make it 3-0-0-0 and wrap up this weekend stint with their 4th straight win! Praying for a repeat performance cause god damn this Comets team is one I can get behind with powerful offense like today.

 

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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