1/16/19 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Hello all, Farmies back at it again after what feels like FOREVER. Tonight is apparently a “big game” for the Canucks so I doubt tonight’s Farmies will generate too much traction so I’ll try to keep it short and simple!

 

The Comets are facing off against the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa’s Farm) for their 2nd matchup in 5 nights…little about the Crunch, they’re on an AHL worst, 5 game winless streak and in their last 2 matchups against the Comets have been outscored 7 to 4 (don’t look up the overall series scoring though…that 10-1 game really makes it look AWFUL haha).

 

Both teams come into tonights matchup, well rested and quite familiar with one another. Having surely gone over Sundays game tape thoroughly with their coaches, tonights game ought to be a much tighter contest than Sundays.

Looking over tonight’s lineup, it looks like we won’t have Jesse Graham slotting in as the final winger, so notch that into the + column for Trent Cull…but once again Lukas Jasek sits…again after having some of the best efforts from the Comets this season. So lets just get into it shall we….

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Bancks Gaudette Lind
MacMaster Darcy Gadjovich
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Blujus
Graham Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Thank god, the Watson/Sauce pairing got broken up. Gaudette returning to the lineup means we could see some decent possession and offense from the Comets tonight…however…that being said, it looks like Cull has opted to continue benching Jasek and in the wake of injuries to Arseneau, Woods and now Wacey Hamilton… slots Tanner MacMaster back into the lineup who’d been benched for the last 7 games straight. Apparently Jasek has been ill and that’s why isn’t playing tonight…so good opportunity for MacMaster here to earn a spot

Also starting for the 6th straight game is Ivan Kulbakov… I wouldn’t think its concerning because he’s actually performed pretty well after numerous consecutive starts, and you’d have to think that with Michael Leighton being picked up on a PTO, that he’ll get some nights off eventually.

 

Benched
Watson
1

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bachman Chatfield Hamilton Jasek Juolevi Sautner Woods
Undisclosed Out for the Season foot Undisclosed Sick Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee lower body

 

Sautner and Chatfield both skated together at practice together wearing red no-contact jerseys so theres signs of recovery coming, expecting them back later this month or February.

 

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 a green/black alternate tonight

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 2-0 Comets

 

Damn this was pure domination from the Comets, barring a couple dispossession’s and odd-man rushes…the Comets were sound defensively breaking up nearly every Crunch chance in their own end. Comets outshot the Crunch 13 to 5

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Absolutely nutty second period after the Crunch get some early momentum going off some weird goals…the Comets rally to show the same dominance they had in the first period and absolutely pummel the Crunch with shots, outshooting the Crunch 14 to 13… I genuinely wonder if exhaustion will start settling in after some seriously poor discipline from the Comets led to 4 penalty kills from players who are some of their best at even strength…we’ll see how the third plays out!

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-4 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Tom Pyatt Reid Boucher 5v5
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Tanner Kero Reid Boucher PPG
2nd Utica Adam Gaudette Carter Bancks Zack MacEwen 5v5
2nd Syracuse Alex Barre-Boulet Carter Verhaege 5v5
2nd Syracuse Gabriel Dumont Boris Katchouk Taylor Raddysh 5v5
2nd Utica Jonathan Dahlen Brendan Gaunce Zack MacEwen 5v5
2nd Utica Kole Lind Adam Gaudette Dylan Blujus 5v5
3rd Syracuse Gabriel Dumont Taylor Raddysh Nolan Valleau 5v5
3rd Syracuse Alexander Volkov Cal Foote Dennis Yan PPG

 

Takeaways

  • Once again exhaustion hit the Comets like a fucking sack of hammers….just 2 shots in the third period to the Crunch’ 16….3 penalties….0 shots on the powerplay….I mean holy moly they won tonight, but they were seemingly on the verge of losing until the Dahlen/Lind goals and then again after the Volkov goal to put the Crunch within 1.
  • Per the above, Cull needs to start trusting his rookies some more and putting them into penalty kill situations…you can’t expect guys like MacEwen and Gaunce to shoulder your 1st unit penalty kill and 1st unit powerplay when it’s a game where discipline is blatantly a huge issue. Get Gadjovich out there for a shift, Gaudette I mean why the fuck not…your team suffered huge because of how much special team time was spent on just a few guys.
  • Lind and Gaudette, discipline aside, had VERY impressive games…I wish the AHL had advanced stat tracking, because oh man their ability to enter the zone is far and away the best on the team. Great vision from Lind on his first career AHL goal, great pass to Blujus to start the whole thing in motion too.
  • Ivan Kulbakov once again gets kind of a raw deal tonight aftera bullshit first goal, and then his team just leaving him out to dry on a few of those other ones. A few bad defensive reads from Blujus tonight lead to a couple goals against…but otherwise…30 saves on 34 shots is really impressive, and honestly he had some clutch saves late in the third to make sure this wasn’t an embarrassing loss where the Comets give up a 3 goal advantage (the worst lead in sports) to lose. Really been impressed with this guy, given the workload he’s received once again as a call up to the Comets
  • MacMaster….man I was hoping he’d kind of prove why he should be in the lineup tonight, but yikes…guy was pretty invisible tonight…which is a shame because his linemate Jonah Gadjovich was leading the team in zone entries, dump-ins…Not a good look if your just the odd man out on a line. IMO whatever reasons that specifically kept him benched for 7 games….werent exactly proven wrong tonight… I would hope Lukas Jasek slots himself back in Mac’s place because everywhere MacMaster fell short tonight are areas where Jasek has constantly looked good…playmaking, passing, puck control, vision, board work… I think time with the Kalamazoo Wings is in order for the struggling winger.
  • Dahlen had a great first two periods, but third period was totally invisible. Then again, could say the same about Kero, Boucher, MacMaster, Pyatt…every player really. But there were times when I was certain Dahlen was being benched for the third until that final powerplay which generated no shots, and probably the most embarrassing team streamable I think I’ve ever created.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Ivan Kulbakov
  2. Kole Lind
  3. Gadjovich

 

What’s Next?

 

Next up on the agenda is a back-to-back series, Friday and Saturday, where the Comets face the Binghamton Devils followed by the Belleville Senators…I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m going to struggle with avoiding referring to Belleville as the Devils, or Binghamton as the Senators…bloody B’s…

 

The Devils are 4-0-1-0 for the month of January and come into Saturdays game winning the season head-to-head record 4w-2L and having outscored the Comets 20 to 18 in that time…The Devils play a very heavy and physical game and practically every outing has seen some brutal hits that lead to injury against the Comets…the Comets outside of Vinny Arseneau (who’s been out with injury numerous times this season) don’t have much “toughness” to their core…so the size differential always seems to fuck them up pretty hard. So they have to utilize their speed and effectiveness to get away from the boards as fast as possible if they don’t want to get annihilated physically or on the scoreboard.

That prep aside, the Comets actually find themselves tied for 1st in the North Division, edged only by the Rochester Americans who have the same amount of points with 5 less games played. Again schedule in the AHL is pretty nutty haha.

 

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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