1/6/19 – Utica Comets vs. Cleveland Monsters

Afternoon my fellow Canuckers, Farmies back at you with the double header content! I could almost copy and paste what I wrote in preparation for todays game because it looks like Trent Cull liked what he saw from yesterday’s lineup, because no substitutions, no changes, the ol’ CTRL C+V against the Monsters. I can’t say I blame him at all, which kinda blows for guys like Jasek and Gadjovich who’ve in my opinion earned a spot in the lineup. But I hope this lineups iteration proves me wrong and we get another 6-1 game.

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
2 3 2 4

 

RE: Benching’s

I added a new sub-row on the benching’s table to indicate how many games straight a player has been benched

 

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: 2-0 Comets

 

Well this was a pretty dominant period from the Comets as they outshot the Monsters 10-8, probably helping that was the 5 minute powerplay. Loved the response from the team after that bullshit hit, and loved it even more that they capitalized on the powerplay by edging their lead some more.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-1 Comets

 

Sluggish and undisciplined period from the Comets….4 straight hooking penalties would get you benched for the remainder of the game in the NHL. Otherwise…really clutch goal from Arseneau to re-gain the 2 goal lead. Dude’s been clutch since returning from injury. After starting the season with 0 points on 7 shots in 8 games played then being waylaid with injuries and struggling to earn a spot in the starting lineup, the guy has gotten 5 goals in his past 5 games; So props to him for persevering and coming in CLUTCH the past couple games.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-1 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Cam Darcy Kole Lind 5v5
1st Utica Tanner Kero Brendan Gaunce Reid Boucher PPG
2nd Cleveland Zac Dalpe Justin Scott Alex Broadhurst PPG
2nd Utica Vincent Arseneau Tom Pyatt Craid Wyszomirski 5V5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Colton Saucerman 5v5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Evan McEneny EN,SH

 

Takeaways

  • 5v5 Scoring:Once again the Comets 5v5 scoring comes up huge against Cleveland. Great rally after the MacEwen high hit, and a great follow-up goal after Cleveland got themselves within 1.
  • Discipline: I think I talked about this one ages ago, but man do the Comets just throw their sticks out into their opponents faces/sticks/legs way too often…And its not even to make up for a lack of skating, or being beat on a play, but they just get caught hooking and holding so often and its completely needless….6 straight penalties was rough, and honestly maybe I can attribute it to the exhaustion of playing back-to-back hockey, but if you’re going to be caught on hooking, then you gotta have a response and be able to draw some penalties as well.
  • Penalty KillingRegardless the penalty kill was great tonight, 5 of 6 PK’s were successful and really kept them in this game. That blocked shot by Arseneau, holy fuck that looked like it hurt, but he was back on the ice later in the period and contributed that slick pass to Lind that ended the game in style
  • Dahlen on another quiet stretch: Since going down with a concussion on the Comets road series against the Charlotte Checkers, Dahlen has only gotten 1 goal on 16 shots. I’ve read a lot of people from Sweden say that this is pretty typical of Dahlen’s style, a slow-starter who really gets into gear in the latter half of the season…I want to believe that…I have to remind myself he’s jumping to one of the top 3 leagues in the world from the 2nd tier Swedish league and is still Top 5 for team scoring…so I do have to temper my expectations…Hopefully this is just a setback cause by the concussion, fatigue, or whatnot, but with tempered expectations I do still hope that we see more of what he’s capable of before the season is over
  • Honestly this game was pretty weird; the refs dragged this one out…fucking hard …I do wonder if the delays in faceoff draws nearly every single draw fucked with BOTH teams momentum. Quiet games from MacEwen, Dahlen and Gaudette, but big games from Darcy, Lind, Pyatt and Saucerman; MacEwen’s quiet game could also stem from that massive headshot he took early in the game, so obviously he gets a pass…Gaudette also had a massive game yesterday so fatigue could also be reasonable. Like I said in yesterday’s Farmies about Lind…the more simpler of a game he plays the better and more effective he becomes…I know he wants to play a junior hockey/style over simplicity type of game play so he can get the flashy goals…but they are WAY more likely to come playing the kind of game he’s been playing in his last two outings.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Ivan Kulbakov – 40 of 41 shots saved. Clutch tonight
  2. Comets defense – especially Wyszomirski and Saucerman who held the monsters at bay and ended the night collectively +7 in +/-.
  3. Tanner Kero – who picked up his first hat trick of the season after picking up only 2 goals in his last 13 games

 

What’s Next?

 

With the win tonight the Comets find themselves 3rd in the North Division. The Comets return Wednesday night for another road game as they face off against the now, tied for 4th, Toronto Marlies. The Marlies are 3-2 in their last 5 games…weirdly enough having won or lost with 5 goals for/against in each game. The Comets currently lead the season head-to-head record with 2 wins and 1 loss, a loss which came in their opening game of the season.

 

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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