2/28/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

What’s up R/Canucks we’ve survived another trade deadline, and the talk of the town is, Jonathan Dahlen’s agent requesting a trade for his client that saw him traded out of conference to the San Jose Barracuda. I probably SHOULD have some separate post to condense all my opinions but fuck it…im tired…

 

Dahlen wanting out whether it was the player, the agent, Canucks management, Trent Cull, whoever…it doesn’t matter….the underlying issues that I revisit once again are the issues of communication…You have to love GMJB because of his frank honesty with the media about the moves his team makes (even if to a fault), but his comments were sincere and honest, he wants his players earning their due, and hates the notion of players acting like they’re owed something; McCann and Prust were shipped out for similar attitudes, and Dahlen now joins that list. But here we are again just a few months removed from Petrus Palmu’s comments about the lack of communication between himself and the coaching staff regarding his development…and I find myself reviewing all the information that’s come out post-trade deadline and wondering how the GMJB management group gave up on or soured on Dahlen so fast. They wanted him to play with Petey, he may not have been ready but that’s why he was acquired, so why was there no communication between the Canucks to Dahlen directly about their plans for him in their future… at the very least we may have squared up on all this “he said, she said” bullshit.

 

But because of the different perspectives and narratives from agent, player, coach and GM, its just this huge clusterfuck where everyone wants to point fingers at someone.

 

Did the Comets shoot themselves in the foot by having way too many forwards this season? Yes,

Could players have been better deployed, for them to grow and develop? Yes for some, maybe not for others,

Could communication about what the team wants and expects from their rookies be made clearer? Absolutely! CLEARLY there’s some work there…maybe not between the NA rookies, but obviously there is a language barrier issue, as that is two European prospects leaving on pretty bizarre terms, both which seem to revolve heavily around communication problems.

 

I’m not going to jump to conclusions…people always say to fire Cull, but I mean that doesn’t do anything, he didn’t ask the management group to hand him 18 forwards and 8 defenseman at the start of the season. This was an unprecedented season of ELC rookies joining the AHL… but the team DID see it coming, given how many played in the Calder Playoffs last year… so they goofed on that one. Cull by my viewings is a pretty solid coach…his system works, his penalty killers are among the best in the league, his powerplay is among the best in the division…and despite losing the bulk of his players due to trades, injuries or callups, they’ve still managed to win way more than they ought to have. 29 wins, 20 losses, 5 overtime losses, and 2 shootout losses, a .58 points %…and have earned points in 8 of their 10 games this month while playing a 37 year old PTO goalie and a team core without its best players for the majority of the month. So saying Cull is a bad coach is just outright incorrect…the guy knows what he’s doing…that being said, as I said earlier, the conditions established at the start of the season weren’t exactly great for our rookies to earn significant enough icetimes to learn the AHL or adapt at any form of reasonable pace.

 

Bringing it back to Dahlen though…homie….if you are just blowing smoke to that Sharks reporter and you wanted a trade cause you thought you were NHL ready and the Comets were holding you back…you’re in for a world of hurt my dude…in 50 games played Dahlen earned a modest 29 points…however, only 40% of those points were earned at even strength…the rest came from the powerplay…in fact of the entire roster, Dahlen was the only player at the time of the trade who’d earned more points with the man advantage than at even strength. Stats guys will tell you, if you’re not producing at 5v5 then you’re gonna have a bad time. Between the lack of production at 5v5, the bad skate speed and the lack of a real 200 ft game, its hardly what I would say is “NHL-ready.”

 

Anyways, this entire discussion and topic is pretty moot, he’s gone, he aint coming back, and the circumstances around it just add more fuel to the “is something wrong with Utica” fire. There is a shit ton of good being done down there…I’d argue now, that getting rid of Carcone, Archibald and MacMaster has made it way easier for guys like Lind and Gadjovich to earn time and space in the lineup, and the improvements to their games since those guys have been taken out of the lineup have been quite remarkable.

The fire is still there, but I’d argue that until we know more, we’re just getting outraged over nothing. With all that being said, let’s take a look at tonight’s game against the 2nd place in the North Division, Rochester Americans! Tonight is a pretty pivotal match for Utica, as the Belleville Senators have just been tearing it up in the North Division lately…earning points in their last 15 games straight, and having a 9-0-0-1 record in their last 10…they now sit just 1 point behind Utica who currently are 4th in the north division (top 4 teams from each division qualify for the Calder Playoffs). So its getting tight in the AHL now…the games have got some meaning, so it couldn’t be a more perfect time for Zack MacEwen to make his return to the lineup, as he looks to return back to the form that earned him his first NHL call up and hopefully inspire the Comets to a victory tonight!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Boucher Darcy MacEwen
Pyatt Woods Jasek
Gadjovich Gaunce Bancks
Arseneau Hamilton Lind
LD RD
McEneny Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
Anselmini Saucerman
G
Michael Leighton

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Chatfield Juolevi Kero
Out for the Season hand Ill Out for the season undisclosed injury

 

Healthy Scratches
Gardiner Kulbakov Linhart Szmatula Thomas
1 1 1 1 1

 

With Mazanec to the Comets I expect Kulbakov to be returned to the ECHL relatively soon. All the recent ECHL callups (with the exception of Brandon Anselmini) sit tonight’s game out as the bulk of our rookie squad who were sick last week return to their healthy selves

 

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 their Green/White Alternates

 

 

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

 

A back and forth period of hockey full of chances for both ends, really tough watching the powerplay tonight though…matter of act, watching the Comets try to attempt any kind of meaningful extended possession was painful… Rochester looked scary playing shorthanded, and were it not for Michael Leighton, it could be a 2 zip game right now. Comets did outshoot Rochester 10 to 8, but the actual high danger chances heavily favored Rochester in that one. MacEwen looked ok, but a bit rusty in his first game back…have to believe that comes also with playing alongside Darcy as his center instead of his usual Tanner Kero or Brendan Gaunce… we’ll see how things shape up in the 2nd.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

The Comets go down early, but they find some life after that goal from Boucher…really liking the play from Gadjovich along the boards…really too bad that Bancks sailed that shot wide because that was a killer set up. Shots close but Comets outshot 12 to 11. Hope the fire they were showing in the latter half of that period stays lit and they can keep the momentum going into the third.

 

3rd Period

 

Final Score: 3-1 Rochester Americans

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Rochester CJ Smith Matt Tennyson PPG
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Evan McEneny Zack MacEwen PPG
3rd Rochester Victor Olofsson Danny O’Regan Rasmus Asplund 5v5
3rd Rochester Remi Elie Sean Malone 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • A relatively competitive third period wasn’t enough for the Comets this game…outshot 32/31 over the course of three periods..their struggle to maintain possession in the Amurks’ zone told the tale of the night. Absolutely brutal puck control games from practically all our blue liners tonight except for Saucerman who actually had a banner night for himself. 3 shots on goal, drew two penalties for the team, PK time, the guy is a workhorse and its paying off…he’s honestly been one of the Comets most reliable guys in the D zone… obviously if we had Sautner/Schenn/Brisebois, the likelihood of him playing is pretty low, but with those guys out he’s become a perfectly effective and serviceable player in the top 4. Given Graham’s struggles too, I’d actually suggest to put him on the powerplay as well because in spite of his skating, he’s got better vision and playmaking ability than Graham has shown on the powerplay
  • Tonight was in my opinion a really lowkey great game from Gadjovich…finished all his checks, was almost 100% successful on every controlled zone entry, created by my counts 3 ultra high danger scoring chances, that would’ve been highlight worthy assists on goals if the players he fed those pucks too could actually not muffin their shot. Like seriously, look at that first kick pass to Bancks, and that open pass to Gaunce…how the fuck did they miss the net with all the time and space available….tragic…truly tragic for Gadj, he deserved better in his return from injury. Obviously the kid still needs to work on his speed and skating, and his movement could be better (the where-to-turn/go-next aspect of his game) but the kids got heart, and for a kid who is played in a shutdown, grit role, he’s constantly creating chances… I’m telling you, this team getting rid of Archie, MacMaster and Carcone may have been the smartest moves for the long term development of players like Gadj and Lind as they’re no longer competing with 4-6 other guys for those 7-8 minutes a night.
  • A disappointing end to the Comets Ferbruary, two bad losses in a row, which again I can’t really fault them on too much…they’re playing with a fraction of their best players, with their best dynamic playmakers spending the last two games either injured or up with the Canucks…by all means this probably should’ve been a 10-1 game, but guys like Leighton and Saucerman truly kept the team in it tonight.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Colton Saucerman
  2. Jonah Gadjovich
  3. Michael Leighton

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets needed a point in this one, fortunately for them the Toronto Marlies lost tonight against the Manitoba Moose, so they’re still close in that 3rd/4th place battle, but Belleville is back in action against the Moose this Friday, while the Comets take on the Hershey Bears at home. Da Bears are 3rd in the AHL’s Atlantic division and have won 9 of their last 10 games, with their only two regulation lossess happening Febraury 24th against the Bridgeport Sound-Tigers, and the previous one before that being JANUARY 11TH against the Springfield Thunderbirds…so yah…safe to say the Comets have their work absolutely cut out for them again as they desperately try to keep the playoff dreams alive in this last month and a half of the season.

 

Until Friday though folks, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/27/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

What’s up R/Canucks we’ve survived another trade deadline, and the talk of the town is, Jonathan Dahlen’s agent requesting a trade for his client that saw him traded out of conference to the San Jose Barracuda. I probably SHOULD have some separate post to condense all my opinions but fuck it…im tired…

Dahlen wanting out whether it was the player, the agent, Canucks management, Trent Cull, whoever…it doesn’t matter….the underlying issues that I revisit once again are the issues of communication…You have to love GMJB because of his frank honesty with the media about the moves his team makes (even if to a fault), but his comments were sincere and honest, he wants his players earning their due, and hates the notion of players acting like they’re owed something; McCann and Prust were shipped out for similar attitudes, and Dahlen now joins that list. But here we are again just a few months removed from Petrus Palmu’s comments about the lack of communication between himself and the coaching staff regarding his development…and I find myself reviewing all the information that’s come out post-trade deadline and wondering how the GMJB management group gave up on or soured on Dahlen so fast. They wanted him to play with Petey, he may not have been ready but that’s why he was acquired, so why was there no communication between the Canucks to Dahlen directly about their plans for him in their future… at the very least we may have squared up on all this “he said, she said” bullshit.

But because of the different perspectives and narratives from agent, player, coach and GM, its just this huge clusterfuck where everyone wants to point fingers at someone.

Did the Comets shoot themselves in the foot by having way too many forwards this season? Yes,

Could players have been better deployed, for them to grow and develop? Yes for some, maybe not for others,

Could communication about what the team wants and expects from their rookies be made clearer? Absolutely! CLEARLY there’s some work there…maybe not between the NA rookies, but obviously there is a language barrier issue, as that is two European prospects leaving on pretty bizarre terms, both which seem to revolve heavily around communication problems.

I’m not going to jump to conclusions…people always say to fire Cull, but I mean that doesn’t do anything, he didn’t ask the management group to hand him 18 forwards and 8 defenseman at the start of the season. This was an unprecedented season of ELC rookies joining the AHL… but the team DID see it coming, given how many played in the Calder Playoffs last year… so they goofed on that one. Cull by my viewings is a pretty solid coach…his system works, his penalty killers are among the best in the league, his powerplay is among the best in the division…and despite losing the bulk of his players due to trades, injuries or callups, they’ve still managed to win way more than they ought to have. 29 wins, 20 losses, 5 overtime losses, and 2 shootout losses, a .58 points %…and have earned points in 8 of their 10 games this month while playing a 37 year old PTO goalie and a team core without its best players for the majority of the month. So saying Cull is a bad coach is just outright incorrect…the guy knows what he’s doing…that being said, as I said earlier, the conditions established at the start of the season weren’t exactly great for our rookies to earn significant enough icetimes to learn the AHL or adapt at any form of reasonable pace.

Bringing it back to Dahlen though…homie….if you are just blowing smoke to that Sharks reporter and you wanted a trade cause you thought you were NHL ready and the Comets were holding you back…you’re in for a world of hurt my dude…in 50 games played Dahlen earned a modest 29 points…however, only 40% of those points were earned at even strength…the rest came from the powerplay…in fact of the entire roster, Dahlen was the only player at the time of the trade who’d earned more points with the man advantage than at even strength. Stats guys will tell you, if you’re not producing at 5v5 then you’re gonna have a bad time. Between the lack of production at 5v5, the bad skate speed and the lack of a real 200 ft game, its hardly what I would say is “NHL-ready.”

Anyways, this entire discussion and topic is pretty moot, he’s gone, he aint coming back, and the circumstances around it just add more fuel to the “is something wrong with Utica” fire. There is a shit ton of good being done down there…I’d argue now, that getting rid of Carcone, Archibald and MacMaster has made it way easier for guys like Lind and Gadjovich to earn time and space in the lineup, and the improvements to their games since those guys have been taken out of the lineup have been quite remarkable.

The fire is still there, but I’d argue that until we know more, we’re just getting outraged over nothing. With all that being said, let’s take a look at tonight’s game against the 2nd place in the North Division, Rochester Americans! Tonight is a pretty pivotal match for Utica, as the Belleville Senators have just been tearing it up in the North Division lately…earning points in their last 15 games straight, and having a 9-0-0-1 record in their last 10…they now sit just 1 point behind Utica who currently are 4th in the north division (top 4 teams from each division qualify for the Calder Playoffs). So its getting tight in the AHL now…the games have got some meaning, so it couldn’t be a more perfect time for Zack MacEwen to make his return to the lineup, as he looks to return back to the form that earned him his first NHL call up and hopefully inspire the Comets to a victory tonight!

Starting Lineup

LW C RW
Boucher Darcy MacEwen
Pyatt Woods Jasek
Gadjovich Gaunce Bancks
Arseneau Hamilton Lind
LD RD
McEneny Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
Anselmini Saucerman
G
Michael Leighton

RE: INJURY REPORT

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Chatfield Juolevi Kero
Out for the Season hand Ill Out for the season undisclosed injury
Healthy Scratches
Gardiner Kulbakov Linhart Szmatula Thomas
1 1 1 1 1

With Mazanec to the Comets I expect Kulbakov to be returned to the ECHL relatively soon. All the recent ECHL callups (with the exception of Brandon Anselmini) sit tonight’s game out as the bulk of our rookie squad who were sick last week return to their healthy selves

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 their Green/White Alternates

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

A back and forth period of hockey full of chances for both ends, really tough watching the powerplay tonight though…matter of act, watching the Comets try to attempt any kind of meaningful extended possession was painful… Rochester looked scary playing shorthanded, and were it not for Michael Leighton, it could be a 2 zip game right now. Comets did outshoot Rochester 10 to 8, but the actual high danger chances heavily favored Rochester in that one. MacEwen looked ok, but a bit rusty in his first game back…have to believe that comes also with playing alongside Darcy as his center instead of his usual Tanner Kero or Brendan Gaunce… we’ll see how things shape up in the 2nd.

2nd Period

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

The Comets go down early, but they find some life after that goal from Boucher…really liking the play from Gadjovich along the boards…really too bad that Bancks sailed that shot wide because that was a killer set up. Shots close but Comets outshot 12 to 11. Hope the fire they were showing in the latter half of that period stays lit and they can keep the momentum going into the third.

3rd Period

Final Score: 3-1 Rochester Americans

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Rochester CJ Smith Matt Tennyson PPG
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Evan McEneny Zack MacEwen PPG
3rd Rochester Victor Olofsson Danny O’Regan Rasmus Asplund 5v5
3rd Rochester Remi Elie Sean Malone 5v5

Takeaways

  • A relatively competitive third period wasn’t enough for the Comets this game…outshot 32/31 over the course of three periods..their struggle to maintain possession in the Amurks’ zone told the tale of the night. Absolutely brutal puck control games from practically all our blue liners tonight except for Saucerman who actually had a banner night for himself. 3 shots on goal, drew two penalties for the team, PK time, the guy is a workhorse and its paying off…he’s honestly been one of the Comets most reliable guys in the D zone… obviously if we had Sautner/Schenn/Brisebois, the likelihood of him playing is pretty low, but with those guys out he’s become a perfectly effective and serviceable player in the top 4. Given Graham’s struggles too, I’d actually suggest to put him on the powerplay as well because in spite of his skating, he’s got better vision and playmaking ability than Graham has shown on the powerplay
  • Tonight was in my opinion a really lowkey great game from Gadjovich…finished all his checks, was almost 100% successful on every controlled zone entry, created by my counts 3 ultra high danger scoring chances, that would’ve been highlight worthy assists on goals if the players he fed those pucks too could actually not muffin their shot. Like seriously, look at that first kick pass to Bancks, and that open pass to Gaunce…how the fuck did they miss the net with all the time and space available….tragic…truly tragic for Gadj, he deserved better in his return from injury. Obviously the kid still needs to work on his speed and skating, and his movement could be better (the where-to-turn/go-next aspect of his game) but the kids got heart, and for a kid who is played in a shutdown, grit role, he’s constantly creating chances… I’m telling you, this team getting rid of Archie, MacMaster and Carcone may have been the smartest moves for the long term development of players like Gadj and Lind as they’re no longer competing with 4-6 other guys for those 7-8 minutes a night.
  • A disappointing end to the Comets Ferbruary, two bad losses in a row, which again I can’t really fault them on too much…they’re playing with a fraction of their best players, with their best dynamic playmakers spending the last two games either injured or up with the Canucks…by all means this probably should’ve been a 10-1 game, but guys like Leighton and Saucerman truly kept the team in it tonight.

Comets Three Stars

  1. Colton Saucerman
  2. Jonah Gadjovich
  3. Michael Leighton

What’s Next?

The Comets needed a point in this one, fortunately for them the Toronto Marlies lost tonight against the Manitoba Moose, so they’re still close in that 3rd/4th place battle, but Belleville is back in action against the Moose this Friday, while the Comets take on the Hershey Bears at home. Da Bears are 3rd in the AHL’s Atlantic division and have won 9 of their last 10 games, with their only two regulation lossess happening Febraury 24th against the Bridgeport Sound-Tigers, and the previous one before that being JANUARY 11TH against the Springfield Thunderbirds…so yah…safe to say the Comets have their work absolutely cut out for them again as they desperately try to keep the playoff dreams alive in this last month and a half of the season.

Until Friday though folks, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/23/19 – Utica Comets vs. Binghamton Devils

Good afternoon Canucks fans! We’re t-minus 2 days to the trade deadline and I know we’re itching for something newsworthy from the GMJB regime, but until that happens, lets settle in for some Saturday afternoon hockey as our Utica Comets visit the Binghamton Devils in an attempt to extend their point streak to 9 games with an absolutely decimated roster!

 

Yes, somehow the roster got depleted even further after last night’s game, as Tanner Kero picked up an injury late in the third period, putting him out of action for today’s game.

 

That means our farm will now be without Dahlen, Gadjovich, Gaudette, Kero, Lind, MacEwen, Sautner, Schenn and Woods. That’s effectively every point producer out of the lineup either with illness or up with the Canucks.

 

I’d be worried, but this decimated roster actually put up an incredibly competitive fight against the divisions top team last night…with 3 goals rattled off at 5v5, certainly the Comets can at least take solace knowing it took the divisions top team being given a man advantage 3 times to be able to get on the scoreboard…they should also kick themselves for punishing themselves with awful penalties taken, but still…lot of good from that bad last night.

 

One of the big “goods” from last night was the strong performance from Lukas Jasek who, despite not finding the scoresheet, was dominant along the boards and created numerous chances with his line of non-scorers Carter Bancks and Wacey Hamilton. Certainly I hope the guy is able to find the scoresheet tonight and can maybe earn a look with the big club as they struggle to find a player to match Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser’s compete level and their offensive game. Certainly Lukas Jasek could be worth a look with his impressive hustle, speed and aggressive board work against much stronger/bigger competition. Obviously I’m not saying he’s some surefire bonafide NHL forward, but there are aspects of what Jasek brings to the table that match what Nikolay Goldobin brought to the table, including all the defensive and compete aspects that Travis Green and co. so desperately want from the struggling Russian winger.

 

With all that being said, let’s take a look at today’s shambles of a lineup and todays game!

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Darcy Boucher
Arseneau Hamilton Bancks
Pyatt Gaunce Gardiner
Thomas Szmatula Graham
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Chatfield
LeBlanc Saucerman
G
Michael Leighton

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Dahlen Gadjovich Juolevi Kero Lind Woods
Out for the Season hand Ill Upper body injury lower body injury Out for the season Ill Ill

 

Might be the first time there’s no registered players healthy scratched… Woods also was on IR yesterday not a veteran cap

 

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 Tie

 

I mean, it wasn’t a complete blowout…it felt like it…but the score remains 0-0 despite the Comets being outshot 11 to 6…the Comets appear to be struggling hard with the massive line shakeups due to the illness bug. Again another strong period from Jasek, as well as a fairly strong period from Boucher…Some of the other Comets are looking pretty sluggish; particularly Gaunce and Arseneau, both aren’t really renowned for their speed, but the pace of their game has me wondering if they too are playing while sick. Fingers crossed for another batshit crazy second period.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

A closer period, Comets outshot the Devils 13 to 12…but 0 for 3 on the powerplay against the worst team in the Division isn’t a great look, decimated roster or not, their passing games tonight have just been awful…really have to wonder how many guys are sick but played anyway…*cough cough* Gaunce. Devils are apparently undefeated when leading after the second period…but being last in the North Division, I can’t imagine that means too much . Comets did have some clutch chances, they just need to capitalize…hopefully they square up on the discipline and try to win this one at evens.

3rd Period

 

Final Score: 4-1 Binghamton Devils

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Binghamton Nick Lappin Blake Pietila Ryan Murphy PPG
2nd Utica Kyle Thomas Vincent Arseneau Jaime Sifers 5v5
2nd Binghamton Nick Lappin John Ramage John Quenneville 5v5
3rd Binghamton Nick Lappin Ryan Murphy Blake Pietila 5v5
3rd Binghamton Nathan Bastian EN

 

Takeaways

  • That was brutal to watch…please young guns get healthy because this was awful hockey to watch. Outshot 43 to 23 by the worst team in the Division is pretty pathetic no matter how you put it…I hope this opens the coaches eyes at how much ice time we’re wasting on guys like Hamilton, Bancks and Darcy , veteran leadership is good no doubt, but If your veteran leadership is spending their ice time sitting in the box for stupid shit like interference and tripping then what’s the point of playing them if they’re constantly putting the team at a disadvantage…granted, tonight we were missing the bulk of our young core and the players who actually generate offense, but holy moly this is the worst team in the North Division…you took Rochester to overtime…what is this effort?
  • If Gaunce isn’t sick then oh boy that was by far his worst game I think I’ve ever seen of him, NHL or AHL…passes to nowhere, awful penalty at the worst time, slow on the forecheck and backcheck…something HAS to have been up.
  • Pretty bad games from Gardiner, Graham and Brisebois as well.. I’ll chalk it up to Graham starting as a winger, then switching back to D after Chatfield went down with injury…but man all three were turnover machines tonight…constant breakaways or loss-of-possession whenever these guys were holding the blue line or stepping up into the play. Gardiner also with another awful penalty that basically spelled disaster for the team heading into the third period.
  • Not much really else to chime in with…this was basically an ECHL team playing against an AHL team and while they hung in there for the second…the horrible penalties being taken cost them huge; Absolutely exhausting for your players to spend 14 minutes of the game shorthanded.
  • please young guns take vitamins and recover… I don’t know if I can commit to covering this kind of hockey more than twice

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Michael Leighton for keeping them in it until that 3rd period when the team decided to just disconnect their controllers collectively
  2. Reid Boucher for being unselfish (maybe for once, to a fault) and setting up plays cross ice with Jasek for their powerplay time together, he showed great speed on that one breakaway backcheck too which you don’t really see too often.
  3. Lukas Jasek – work on your shot my dude and you’ll get some attention from the big club…you’re like on the cusp, just need that shot up to par

 

What’s Next?

 

Well the point streak died tonight, and it died in horrific fashion, but they still have a chance to end the month with a solid winning record as they face off again against the Rochester Americans (hopefully with a full and healthy lineup). Unfortunately the Toronto Marlies beat the Syracuse Crunch tonight which means the Comets drop down to 4th in the North Division standings, while elsewhere, the Belleville Senators beat the Rochester Americans to quietly put themselves just one point behind the Comets for 5th place overall in the North….the playoff race is heating up now as the games in hand start evening out for the top two teams in the division, so the Comets injury and illness woes couldn’t have possibly come at a worse time…and with a bulk of the teams difference makers playing up with the Vancouver Canucks, this team could find itself out of a playoff spot real soon if they can’t shore up on their discipline, as it has crippled them two games straight now and likely prevented them from earning more points.

 

Course, I just completely jinxes it so I will see you all tomorrow for a recap of the Comets inevitable 9-0 loss to the Devils!

 

Hey I was close in my jinx! Until Wednesday though folks, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/22/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

Whats up R/Canucks, the snow is back and so are our Utica Comets for another key tilt in the battle for supremacy in the AHL’s North Division! Tonight should be a banger…and by banger…I mean fucking bizarre…there’s a huge flu bug destroying the Comets right now so we have basically all our young guns out with illness, and a bunch of call-ups from the relatively local ECHL team, the Adirondack Thunder to help them out in their moment of need!

 

Its been a pretty busy week for the farm team (somehow), the team saw Ashton Sautner recalled to the Canucks (and he looked solid in his debut IMO) while Guillaume Brisebois was returned to the farm for some more seasoning to refine his game. Breezer did okay all things considered, but you could really tell the difference in confidence between Sautner and Breezers games.

 

As for the Comets themselves, they sit in a tie for 3rd place with the Toronto Marlies, with 64 points. Their opponent tonight, the Rochester Americans lead the North Division with 69 points (the sex number) and a .651 points percentage. Utica edges the Marlies by strength of their ROW (28 to the Marlies 27) So tonight is a pretty important matchup as the Comets will want to solidify their place as third in the division to get that more favorable matchup against the 2nd place team (should they continue their stretch towards a Calder playoff run).

 

With that being said, lets get into tonight’s lineup and the game at hand so we can quickly return to mashing F5 on r/hockey for the latest trade deadline updates

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Bancks Hamilton Jasek
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Gaunce Darcy Gardiner
Arseneau Szmatula Thomas
LD RD
McEneny Chatfield
LeBlanc Graham
Brisebois Sifers
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Poor Jasek…slotted with Bancks and Hamilton tonight…Wont expect much from that line if they settle into checking roles primarily…hopefully Jasek can maybe create something with them, but I’m definitely not holding my breath.

Also sliding into tonight’s lineup are Kyle Thomas and Mike Szmatula, Szmatula is a left winger from the Adirondack Thunder who put up a pretty decent 39 points in 48 games, he is a former teammate of current Comet PTO Colton Saucerman, both played together at Northeastern University for 2 years. Kyle Thomas on the other hand is a Comets contracted player who was called up from the Kalamazoo Wings earlier this week; Thomas has put up 38 points in 41 games with the KWings slotting on the right wing…not sure how sliding your ECHL Left Winger to center will pan out, but maybe that’s just an EP.com issue and Szmatula has spent most of his time at Center?

 

Back in the lineup is Jesse Graham…last game he performed OK but not great, and his lack of defensive ability saw him slide out of the lineup in favor of Colton Saucerman…if he wants a permanent spot he better start producing like crazy with his speed, otherwise he might find himself back on the bench.

 

 

Benched
Saucerman Woods
1 1

 

I think Brendan Woods was scratched due to the veteran restriction

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Dahlen Gadjovich Juolevi Lind
Out for the Season hand Ill Upper body injury Out for the season Ill

 

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

 

Fast period of hockey; lots of end to end play, however not too many real “danger” chances for the Comets in the first…Outshot 12 to 5… the powerplay looks QUITE rough without a Jonathan Dahlen to sauce passes back to McEneny or Boucher from the wall. Like I posited earlier in the pre-amble, the Jasek/Hamilton/Bancks line is just super unfortunate for Jasek…his linemates can’t do much but defend the PKm but are basically useless at pressuring in the offensive zone.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Well THAT was a period of hockey…Comets once again outshot…this time 12 to 9 (the gap is closing joke here)… Comets looked pretty decent capitalizing on the Amurks mistakes early to get the 3 goal lead…but man they had some mistakes of their own to see that lead erased just as fast as they earned it. No clue who’s game this is right now…Comets have scored on less chances, and Rochester is just dominating in the shots against column…we’ll see!

 

3rd Period

 

 

Score at the end of the Third Period: 3-3 Tie

 

Another period where the Comets were just dominated by the clearly much superior Rochester Americans…but honestly they should hold their head high, this team has practically no stars playing tonight, just a bunch of grit…real meat and potatoes team, and they took the North Divisions number 1 team to overtime…so the point streak continues, but sad that this could’ve been over after those 3 early goals…hopefully they can eke it out here in overtime or the shootout, because man they left Kulby out to dry tonight

 

Overtime

 

  • GOAL – ROCHESTER – 4-3 Amurks: and there it is, the first shot of the Amurks powerplay connects from Zach Redmond and the Amurks go 4 unanswered, 3 for 5 on the powerplay and win it.

Final Score: 4-3 Rochester Americans

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher 5v5
2nd Utica Reid Gardiner 5v5
2nd Utica Guillaume Brisebois Kyle Thomas Vincent Arseneau 5v5
2nd Rochester Victor Olofsson Rasmus Asplund Zach Redmond PPG
2nd Rochester Wayne Simpson Andrew MacWilliam 5v5
2nd Rochester Remi Elie Rasmus Asplund Zach Redmond PPG
OT Rochester Zach Redmond Wayne Simpsons Victor Olofsson PPG

 

Takeaways

  • Well…bit of a heartbreaker, bit of an, “oh well” bit of a, “wtf you idiots!” a grab bag of emotions all in one period of hockey. Yes the Comets should be kicking themselves in the pants after that one as they earn 3 goals at even strength against the best team in the North Division only to completely squander it off of awful, awful penalties…imagine that…at 5v5 you gain a 3 goal lead, and you the only way you get beat is by the other team getting repeated powerplay’s off your laziness. I mean jesus, Jaime Sifers, High sticking and delay of game, just unforgivable…and Reid Gardiner what the hell are you doing with your stick on the powerplay…just an awful way to lose a game in which despite the Comets being outshot badly, still managed to look VERY competitive at 5v5
  • Honestly I’m pretty surprised that the team was able to generate much of anything without Lind, Dahlen or Gadj in the lineup. A team loaded full of ECHL call-ups shouldn’t look competitive at 5v5 versus the Amurks but they pulled it out.. I cant even rag on em that hard really because it really was a rag tag bunch facing against the Amurks A-squad essentially.
  • Strong games from Lukas Jasek…I mean jesus, look at the streamables the guys game is just sooo strong on the ice… the board work and hustle you’d love a guy like Goldobin to display on a nightly basis…relatively undersized in weight, but just plays like he’s as big as Vinny Arseneau, hard to not like his game. I really wouldn’t mind him getting a call-up if we’re playing the “lets see what we got” game with the Canucks down the stretch
  • Kulbakov looked good in his return, hard to fault him on those powerplay goals as his team just left him out to dry, whether it be on that first goal from Olofsson or that breakaway from Wayne Simpson…he stopped 32 of 36 tonight, and although that might not tell the story of the game, so much of tonight’s shots were high danger, and he was huge tonight

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Lukas Jasek
  2. Ivan Kulbakov
  3. Vincent Arseneau

 

What’s Next?

 

Well it wasn’t in the cards tonight, but the Comets keep the point streak alive, (points in their last 8 straight games), they manage to stay on pace with the Toronto Marlies who went to overtime and lost against the Syracuse Crunch tonight as well.

 

Tomorrow night the Comets return to face off against the North Divisions last place, Binghamton Devils. The Devils are currently riding a 4 games losing streak heading into tomorrows game. The Devils have the second worst home record in the AHL’s North Division, holding a 14-12-3-0 record this season. The Devils also come into tomorrows matchup with the 2nd worst powerplay % in the league with a 15.9% success rate, so that’s great news for the Comets who love to take really stupid penalties at VERY inopportune times, so if we’re looking at a repeat of tonight’s lineup, the Comets team can take solace knowing that their casual “Bad-penalty” taking ability wont cause them too much trouble against this struggling, awful New Jersey farm team!

 

Course, I just completely jinxes it so I will see you all tomorrow for a recap of the Comets inevitable 9-0 loss to the Devils! I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/17/19 – Utica Comets vs. Cleveland Monsters

Good Sunday to R/Canucks, we gather here today in the middle part of our Family Day long weekend to catch up on the little Farm team that could, as they attempt to extend their point streak for February with a win tonight at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets farm team the Cleveland Monsters!

 

I said it about the Canucks loss last night, but the fact that they are having competitive games against one of the legitimate BEST western conference, all-star teams with a d-core that features, 2 young 2nd pairing guys as their 1st pair, 2 3rd pairing (near 7th d quality) d men rotating shifts with a 7th D-man while a rookie call-up d-man alternates in on offensive draws only…like having competitive games with THAT as your D-core shouldn’t be remotely possible, but the Canucks, as painful as these losses have been, are putting in shit tones of work to establish themselves as the bonafide future first pairing and core of this club.

 

Which brings me to my same echoing statements regarding our farm team; this club is absolutely killing it this February when by all accounts they shouldn’t be. This month they’ve lost 22 man games from their TOP players, MacEwen, Gaudette, Jasek, Brisebois, Schenn, Blujus and Sautner either due to call-ups to the big club or due to injury…but they’ve STILL made it work and earned points! 16 of their last 24 goals came at even strength, and not just from their top six, the team is producing from all lines even with the absence of Gaudette and MacEwen AND with Boucher/Kero slowing down in their production, so it’s been a very impressive stretch from the club. A club that gets a fair share of critique in regards to youth deployment and development…but I have to give the ol’ Jason Botchford hat-tip to Cull because the work ethic that’s been instilled in this club has paid off this month of February as they come into toinght’s matchup having earned points in 6 of their last 7 games, and hold steady in 3rd place in the AHL’s North Division

 

Hat-tipping aside, let’s get into tonight’s matchup and our starting lineup!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Gaunce Darcy Gardiner
Dahlen Woods Jasek
Arseneau Hamilton Lind
LD RD
Sautner Saucerman
LeBlanc Sifers
McEneny Chatfield
G
Michael Leighton

 

Looks like Colton Saucerman slides back into the lineup after riding the bench for his last 5. Jesse Graham, despite a relatively “ok” game for his first game back after being out with injury since before January 25th, is the lone healthy scratch from tonight’s lineup, and while I do appreciate his speed and ability to backcheck, he’s still not nearly as reliable defensively as the rest of the Comets blue-liners.

 

Also sliding into tonight’s lineup is Reid Gardiner, who replaces an injured Jonah Gadvjoich; Gadjovich was the recipient of a pretty brutal crosscheck and facewash from Tristan Jarry in Saturdays game, but no word from the team on what specific injury is keeping him out. Reid Gardiner in his time with the Kalamazoo Wings has picked up 53 points in 36 games with our affiliates affiliate!

 

Benched
Graham
1

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Bancks Blujus Gadjovich Juolevi
Out for the Season UBI hand Upper body injury Out for the season

 

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: 1-0 Monsters

 

Well that was pretty brutal…outshot 19 to 5, the Comets struggled HARD to manage any form of meaningful possession throughout the period…besides some high danger scoring chances created by Tanner Kero, the team just had no answer to the Monsters control. Every shift was pretty much rinse and repeat…struggle to clear, get tired, flip high through the neutral zone to allow for a change, repeat. Leighton was sharp throughout the period though, 1 goal allowed on 19 shots, where a majority were pretty significant shots from the Monsters…hopefully the Comets can wake up this period

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

I mean this period was BETTER….but still 2 goals off of pretty bad D coverage is never great…nor is falling on your face during the powerplay. They did however turn the tide on the shot sheet as they registered 14 shots on net to the Monsters 6… perhaps the Monster are a bit exhausted from that oppressive first period of domination…Still though, the Monsters have looked literally big and strong against this Comets team, so it’s going to be a massive uphill battle if this Comets team of the last two periods continues their offensive setup struggles into the third period.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Score at the end of the Third Period: 4-4 Tie

 

Well the Comets sure know how to make a game interesting! The point streak continues tonight regardless of the outcome…the Comets overcome a brutal first period and a 3 goal deficit to take the Monsters to overtime. Somehow after giving up 19 shots against in the first period the Comets now edge the Monsters in shots against, 29 to 28 across 3 periods. The tide and momentum was in the Comets favor there in the final couple minutes with the Comets constantly threatening in the Monsters zone but unable to get any shots off.

 

Overtime

 

Final Score : 5-4 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Cleveland Doyle Somerby Dan DeSalvo Dillon Simpson 5v5
2nd Cleveland Doyle Somerby Adam Clendening Paul Bittner 5v5
2nd Cleveland Kevin Stenlund Mark Letestu Jean-Francois Berube 5v5
2nd Utica Jaime Sifers Kole Lind Wacey Hamilton 5v5
3rd Utica Reid Boucher Tanner Kero Brendan Gaunce PPG
3rd Utica Brendan Gaunce Reid Gardiner Cam Darcy 5v5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Tom Pyatt 5v5
3rd Cleveland Sam Vigneault Doyle Somerby Dillon Simpson 5v5
OT Utica Tom Pyatt Brendan Gaunce Evan McEneny 3v3

 

Takeaways

  • Well…THAT was certainly a game of hockey. I can’t even wrap my head around the ups and downs of this one…an absolutely horrific of horrific first periods followed by a bit of a battler 2nd period where the Comets just couldn’t capitalize on their chances….and then a 3rd period where a brand new Comets team comes out, infused by Michaels Secret Stufff or some shit because that was fucking nuts. Most times when the Comets get dominated in any period, they lack the gas to mount any kind of comeback…hell, their record of winning games after being down in goals after the first period is a dismal 2-11-1-0. They came up absolutely huge though, they found that 10th gear and shifted into overdrive to complete the comeback .
  • I have to preface my takeaways with: yes that first period was absolutely atrocious, the team was tired and just struggled to get anything going…they were out possessed like crazy and the Monsters threw everything but the kitchen sink at Michael Leighton…that being said, I still think I can confidently say that the majority of the Comets tonight had impressive games.
  • Colton Saucerman honestly might have usurped Jesse Graham for that last D spot…he was stepping up into the play when he needed too, backchecking with speed and hustle, didn’t have many flubs or atrocious giveaways, and was actually bailing out his d-partner (starting in the 2nd/3rd periods) Evan McEneny on several plays, something that NEVER happens. I know Cull has spoken highly of Sauce’s work ethic and energy in the room, but his skill absolutely did not look out of place on the ice tonight…he was sound offensively and defensively and genuinely displayed a more well-rounded game than I’ve ever seen from Graham
  • Jaime Sifers also had himself a phenomenal game, he stepped up huge tonight with 5 shots on net, a goal and managed to end the night with the best +/- of all D-men tonight…he really played great, heavy checking and physical play to boot, I don’t know if it’s really captured in the streamables from today’s games but the guy was an absolute stud on the blue line along with Saucerman
  • This was actually baffling to me but, Brendan Gaunce ended the night with 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots on goal and a +/- of 2, the highest among all Comets players…and he didn’t even get a single fucking star….like what the hell…the guy was leading the team with speedy zone entries and was constantly threatening the Monsters alongside Reid Gardiner, who also deserves a shout out for his play, as he picks up an assist in his 1st game back with the Comets. It speaks to Gaunce’s elevated play since being returned to the Comets that he is able to prove himself dangerous on a line with an ECHL call up and Cam Darcy… if Gardiner can find the scoring touch that he displays while with the KZoo Wings, then this could be a line to watch
  • Another takeaway from this game was bigbrain Dahlen; dude didn’t find the back of the net or find the scoresheet tonight but he was constantly a threat, and he was smart enough to adapt and play around it…that one streamable of him going to Sifers off the draw was great, and really could’ve been a game changer earlier had it been a true one-timer… I know a lot of folks see him or a guy like Kole Lind with 0’s on the scoresheets, but if you’re watching its hard to ignore the impact they are having when they are on the ice…they are impact players at a very young age in the AHL and are obviously putting their division rivals on notice. The goals will come, maybe they wont light it up for the final couple of months of this season, but I genuinely am excited to see what they bring next season after a quality summer training camp.
  • oh yeah shout out to Michael Leighton for hanging in there after a brutal first period of being hung out to dry

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Brendan Gaunce
  2. Jaime Sifers
  3. Colton Saucerman

HM: Jonathan Dahlen

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back in action this Friday (nice little break) when they face off against the Rochester Americans at home for their 8th of 10 meetings throughout the season. The Comets have split the season pretty evenly with the Amurks, going 3-3-0-1 since their first meeting in October; with their most recent meeting being a game similar to tonight’s as the Comets found themselves down by 2 goals in the first period, only to rattle off 5 straight unanswered goals to win it in regulation. That was of course, the big game that earned Zack MacEwen his call-up with the big club, so we’ll see how this team manages without their top players in this next outing. The Amurks are currently riding a 2 game win streak, and will face off against tonight’s opponent the Cleveland Monsters on Wednesday before facing the Comets Friday. Rochester sits first in the North Division, while the Comets sit comfortably in 3rd.

 

The Comets are streaking man, 13 points out of a possible 16 through February while missing a ton of talent…Let’s see if they can continue against one of their toughest opponents in the division!

 

Until Friday, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/16/19 – Utica Comets vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Good afternoon Vancutica Comanuckets fans it’s a gorgeous sunny day here in Vancouver, so what better way spend it, than by sitting inside and reading up on the farm, as our boys in green/blue/white enter the Dunder-Mifflin-Bowl as tonight, the Utica branch takes on the Scranton branch in a battle for supremacy in the Eastern Conference!

 

The Penguins sit 6th in the AHL’s Atlantic division and currently hold the Atlantic Divisions worst home record at 10-12-1-0. This will be the first meeting of 2 between these two teams, and while the results of their season head-to-head don’t mean much…there are greater implications to this matchup for the Comets Calder Playoff push as they are in a close battle with the Toronto Marlies over that 3rd/4th place spot.

 

As everyone knows the injury bug has absolutely annihilated the Vancouver Canucks, with this recent road trip seeing the team lose Jake Virtanen AND Chris Tanev to the Anaheim Ducks. Those injuries plus the existing injuries to Alex Edler, Sven Baertschi and Brandon Sutter gurantees lengthy call-ups of Zack MacEwen, Adam Gaudette, Guillaume Brisebois and now Luke Schenn. That’s basically 2 of the Comets most important top six, and their 2nd D pairing up for extended looks with the big club.

 

First things first though, that’s fucking awesome for them, I’m legit pumped that Macdaddy and Breezer are getting extended looks with the big club, and even more pumped that they’ve been able to slide into the lineup and not stick out as being out of their depth. Also I’m glad that the confidence that Gaudsplan showed in his most recent AHL stint has carried over into this recent stretch of games with the Canucks…a confident Gaudsplan is a dangerous Gaudsplan.

 

Second thing is, this Utica team has still managed to find points even with their best players out of the lineup; taking the Sound Tigers to OT, and annihilating the Rocket at home was very impressive, and although I’m not too sure what to expect for tonight’s game without Schenn in their lineup, I can’t help but feel like they’ll do just fine…the Rookies came up huge against the Rocket, and seeing as how the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are in a similar echelon of skill as the Rocket, I hope to see them build upon the success they had Wednesday night and we have another successful edition of the Farmies to report! So with that let’s get into tonight’s game!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Gaunce Darcy Lind
Dahlen Woods Jasek
Hamilton Gadjovich Arseneau
LD RD
Sautner Graham
LeBlanc Sifers
McEneny Chatfield
G
Michael Leighton

 

 

TRANSACTIONS

 

As stated above, Luke Schenn joins the Canucks after Chris Tanev picked up an injury.

 

Benched
Gardiner Saucerman
2 5

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Bancks Blujus Juolevi
Out for the Season UBI hand Out for the season

 

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

 

Well that was dull… lol… Comets outshot 11 to 10 and I have to call bullshit, because there is no way there were 10 shots directly on goal from the Comets in that period. Whole lot of end-to-end hockey but not a whole lot of scoring opportunities from the Comets. Hopefully they wake up in the second because oh man that was fucking dulllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll to watch. Think that might be the least amount of highlights I’ve ever had for a period of hockey from the Comets.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 1-0 Comets

 

Well the Comets definitely had the Penguins number in that period, while they held possession in the Pens zone for the majority of the period, their chances weren’t all that high danger. The Penguins managed 7 shots to Utica’s 10, but I’d definitely argue that they were more significant chances. Michael Leighton has been solid so far and is definitely keeping the Comets in this one… Lots of line juggling for Cull after the Gadjovich injury; really sucks for Gadjovich too, after having a breakout game against Laval he gets some bullshit injury off an asshole play by the Penguins goalie…hopefully its nothing serious and just precautionary

 

3rd Period

 

 

Score at the end of the Third Period: 2-2 Tie

 

Man that period was rough…outshot 13 to 4….out chanced…out everything’d just painful amounts of bad/rough passing from the Comets and such a stupid fucking penalty from Hamilton…really hope they win it in overtime because Michael Leighton deserves it…35 saves on 37 HIGH danger shots… come on boys, get it together

Overtime

 

Final Score : 3-2 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Utica Brendan Woods Wacey Hamilton 5V5
3rd Utica Vincent Arseneau Stefan LeBlanc Wacey Hamilton 5v5
3rd WBS Sam Miletic Jean-Sebastien Dea 5v5
3rd WBS Ryan Haggerty Jarrett Burton Sam Lafferty PPG
OT Utica Cam Darcy Jonathan Dahlen Evan McEneny 3v3

 

Takeaways

  • Well now that I can wipe the sweat off my brow…tonight was a startling reminder of what this team is like without their top D pair, MacEwen and Gaudette…they got it done, but oh boy they got it done in probably the most difficult way possible…they made it harder on themselves as the game progressed haha.
  • Wacey Hamilton had a banner night, penalty aside, he was making the Penguins night very difficult. That being said, this guy just takes penalties at the worst times imaginable nearly every game he plays. When part of why the coach loves you is your grit and penalty killing…maybe DON’T take dumb penalties when you’re holding a lead with 3 minutes to go in a game?
  • Michael Leighton is proving to be quite the reliable starter at the AHL level…stopped 35 of 37 shots, and oh man if the AHL quantified High-danger shots versus volume shots, I think it would be at least 60/40 on high danger shots. The Penguins just threw everything but the kitchen sink at Leighton whenever they maintained possession in the Comets zone but Leighton withstood the shellacking…he didn’t even get a star at the end of the game which is fucking baffling to me…two Penguins players got them even though they lost
  • A VERY quiet night for the majority of the team tonight, the only standouts who had noticeable impacts in the game were McEneny, Graham, Hamilton, Jasek, Dahlen, Sautner, Arseneau and Woods…otherwise it was a pretty dull night of hockey from the Farm.
  • Also why is Dahlen the 5th shift out for 3 on 3? The guy prospered on big open ice in Europe, so why are we waiting nearly 3 minutes before putting him out there? Like are we seriously starting Tom Pyatt and Cam Darcy in overtime over guys who thrive on space and time like Lind or Dahlen? Are we for realllllll?

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Michael Leighton
  2. Jonathan Dahlen
  3. Wacey Hamilton

HM: Jasek once again for seemingly creating the most scoring chances off his zone entries and battle along the boards.

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets return home tomorrow against the Cleveland Monsters for the 4th and final meeting of the season. The Comets are currently up in the head-to-head 2-1-0-0, having outscored the Monsters 14-5 across those three games. The Monsters are currently sitting 6th in the North Division, 8 points below the Comets and are coming into Sundays game having lost 3 of their last 5. The Comets have gotten points in all but 1 game this February, and that’s with a completely depleted lineup and 4th/5th string goaltending, going to be interesting to see if the point streak can continue in this weekend double header!

 

Until tomorrow, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

 

2/13/19 – Utica Comets vs. Laval Rocket

What’s up Canuckets fans (you see what I did there? If you hated it make sure to mash that like button!) The Comets are back in action tonight against the Laval rocket in what should be an easy two points to further the Comets point streak and solidify their place in the top 4 of the North Division, and with it a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs!

 

The Laval Rocket come into tonight’s matchup in last place in the North Division, with a 19-22-4-4 record; a points earning percentage of only 46.9%… not a good mark for Canucks legend Alex Burrows who is an assistant coach for the Rocket!

 

This is however, great news for the Utica Comets as they come into tonight’s game after a brutal triple header weekend, and look for some easy points as they fight the Toronto Marlies for that 3rd place position in the AHL’s North Division!

 

Some pretty crazy action this past week for the Farm, Zack MacEwen debuted with the Canucks Monday and looked impressive every shift, earning himself his first NHL point, hopefully the first of many in the Canucks Blue and White! Joining him is his fellow rookie Adam Gaudette who fills in for the Canucks injury woes for the third time this season. I look forward to wrapping up this edition of the Farmies edition relatively quickly because I cannot fucking wait to see those two on a line together with the big club!

 

Looks like the Utica Comets are facing an injury bug of their own, so lets get into tonight’s starting line up and the game at hand!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Darcy Lind
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Dahlen Woods Jasek
Arseneau Hamilton Gadjovich
LD RD
Sautner Schenn
Leblanc Sifers
McEneny Chatfield
G
Michael Leighton

 

Digging that Dahlen Woods Jasek line in theory and I’m glad to see Gadjovich wasn’t benched for some ECHL call-up

 

TRANSACTIONS

 

As stated above, Zack MacEwen still remains with the Canucks, while Adam Gaudette joins him for the foreseeable future!

I believe the Comets also recalled forward Reid Gardiner from the ECHL, in the wake of a lingering injury to Carter Bancks and the many call-ups to the big club.

 

Benched
Gardiner Saucerman
1 4

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Bancks Blujus Graham Juolevi
Out for the Season UBI hand upper body injury Out for the season

 

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: 2-0 Comets

 

Well that was a weird one! After getting controlled pretty hard in their own end by the Rocket, they rattle off three dominant powerplay’s in a row and finish the period up by 2. They definitely looked a little tired in that final 2 minutes, I hope that doesn’t mean the usual Utica power down happens early in the second…hopefully the 15 minute break means the team regroups and continues their dominance over the next period! Comets outshot the Laval Rocket 11 to 4.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

After two periods, the Comets maintain the lead, but are getting a bit sloppy on their back checking game…numerous times that period, the Comets would get caught leaving 3 guys by their own blue line as they’d aggressively try to enter the Laval zone, leading to several odd-man rushes…fortunately the d-core has been quite solid tonight…especially Schenn and Sautner who look like a NHL pairing relative to the offense they’ve been facing off against tonight

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 4-1 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Jonah Gadjovich Jaime Sifers Stefan LeBlanc 5v5
1st Utica Lukas Jasek Luke Schenn PPG
2nd Utica Tanner Kero Brendan Gaunce Jonathan Dahlen PPG
2nd Laval Michael Pezzetta Cale Fleury Nikita Jevpalovs PPG
3rd Utica Evan McEneny Jalen Chatfield Wacey Hamilton 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • Lukas Jasek is really…really good. Seriously underrated prospect in the Canucks system right now, so underrated that I feel like Jim Benning might have forgot that they even drafted him….so clean along the boards, puck control is incredible from that spot, good on the powerplay, decent speed, good vision and awareness…he had an absolute rocket of a shot tonight, that if he shows more confidence in and gets some more goals, could end up earning him some time with the big club down the line…I’m consistently impressed by this kids game, he’s so young but looks like a calm vet out there every shift.
  • Michael Leighton once again was very clutch for this team, timely saves, even though he didn’t face that many quality chances; he definitely held the team together through that third as they faced down some of the only real quality possession that Laval had to offer at that time. Really solid PTO pickup by the Comets team while the whole organization struggles with goalie problems
  • Jonah Gadjovich, man I just can’t help but love what this guy brings every time he plays…he is a sponge, he soaks up the good aspects of his linemates game, whether it was Palmu, Arseneau, Hamilton, the guy exudes hustle out there, his skating is his weakest attribute, but that doesn’t stop him from backchecking hard, finishing every check, ending his shift with quality zone entries and safe dump-ins, plus he’s solid at the front of the net, he fucking fights! To fucking sweet caroline! I mean…Craig MacEwen if you are reading this, do everyone a favor and get Jonah Gadjovich in contact with Dave (Eli) MacEarhearn and the training regime that put MacEwens explosiveness and skating over the edge …I’m telling you if Gadjovich can improve on his skating, then the rest of his game will begin to click at the AHL level…the fact that many of his draft class peers are still playing in junior bodes well for Gadj’s development…yes I harp on how he’s benched way too often, but that aside, everything he’s learning right now in the games he is playing are going to do great for his development over summer!
  • Jonathan Dahlen, oh baby the passing, he’s just such a treat to watch on that powerplay with a cannon like Boucher on his opposite side…watching the two exchange crispy cross-ice passes to each other is just great…I feel like Dahlen is in the same boat as some of these other guys, where if he can improve on his backchecking game (speed) then he could easily overtake Goldobin on the left wing… I know the skill difference between the AHL and NHL is massive…but god damn to have a guy like Dahlen who was posited to be a better goalscorer than EP40 back in Timra, able to feed these cross-ice saucer passes to EP40 on the powerplay, could be absolutely deadly. Fingers crossed the back half of this season earns Dahlen a possible call-up towards the end of the Canucks season if its looking like they’re out of the playoff race just so we can see of whats possible between the former Timra brothers
  • I’m digging the fight of this team as of late…I really think that after the trade of Archibald, things started clicking for this team, the lines became a bit more stable, and some chemistry NOW is finally beginning to grow as there hasn’t been too much fluctuation between lines besides the odd man out due to injury or call-up! It also bodes very well for this team that in the wake of guys like Adam Gaudette and Zack MacEwen being gone, they’re still finding ways to win games. But not just win games by 1 goal, but absolutely dominate, and most of the time at even strength. Hell! call up the top 4 D from Utica and plug our non-producing D men back in the minors as a wakeup call, because our Farm’s D is producing like crazy! BLOW IT UP! BLOW IT ALL TO HELL!

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Lukas Jasek
  2. Jonah Gadjovich
  3. Michael Leighton

HM: Jonathan Dahlen or Brendan Woods even who is looking pretty solid with Dahlen on his wing, I think Dahlens skill is helping elevate Woods’ game lately and as much as I hated and lamented it at first, Its hard to deny the chemistry that’s brewing between them.

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets look to extend their Pointstreak this weekend when they hit the road to face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins…what an awful team name by the way…pick a city, don’t put a / in between them like a bunch of jackasses cause you couldn’t pick… Anyways, they face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins farm team Friday night…The Penguins sit 6th in the AHL’s Atlantic division and have the Atlantic Divisions worst home record at 10-12-1-0. These two have yet to face off this season, and only do so twice a year.

 

Following that, the Comets return home for a Sunday game against the Cleveland Monsters for the 4th and final meeting of the season. The Comets are currently up in the head-to-head 2-1-0-0, having outscored the Monsters 14-5 across those three games. The Monsters are currently sitting 6th in the North Division, 8 points below the Comets and boast an admirable 12-11-1-1 road record. Lets hope the point streak continues for our boys in the Blue and White, and green….oh and silver…and sometimes purple and black!

 

Until Friday, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/10/19 – Utica Comets vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Farmies fans, I’m back to round out this triple header in style! I can’t believe I survived without carpal tunnel or crippling arthritis! HIGH FIVE!

 

Rounding out this triple header see’s our boys in white (or blue, or green, or possible in black and purple) head out on the road to face off against the Bridgeport “Sound Tigers” in a key tilt that could push them above the Toronto Marlies for third place in the North Division. The Sound Tigers are rounding out their own triple header this Sunday against the Comets, they split their first two games against the Providence Bruins, losing 2-1 on Friday, and winning 4-2 Saturday.

 

Coming into this weekend I was apprehensive at the Comets ability to pick up wins as their abysmal powerplay and penchant for taking bad penalties would most likely bite them in the ass against two of the better teams in the eastern conference. Lehigh Valley has the 2nd best powerplay % in the Atlantic Division, and Rochester has the 2nd best powerplay % amongst all AHL teams while on the road. Coming into tonight they face the league’s 21st place powerplay % so they can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief should they play undisciplined.

 

As I wrote up this pre-amble I read that Zack MacEwen has officially been called up by the Canucks, hell effing yah….after back to back impressive games I can’t say I’m surprised…congrats to the big man for his improvement and the strides he’s taken as an undrafted prospect who barely played in Junior to make it to the NHL.

https://www.nhl.com/canucks/news/canucks-recall-macewen/c-304697014

 

Now I have to cover a Comets game that has no MacEwen OR Lukas Jasek who apparently picked up an injury in yesterday’s game. Oh well I couldn’t be happier for MacEwen the guy has absolutely earned it. So with that all said and done let’s get into this afternoon showdown and the starting lineup!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Arseneau Hamilton Gadjovich
Pyatt Boucher Kero
Gaunce Gaudette Lind
Dahlen Woods Darcy
LD RD
Leblanc Sifers
Sautner Schenn
McEneny Chatfield
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

With MacEwen called out we’re gonna see some crazy line shakeups and it shows, the starting line for the opening faceoff was Gadjovich/Hamilton and Arseneau haha.

 

TRANSACTIONS

 

As stated above, Zack MacEwen gets the call-up to the Canucks, he joins Guillaume Brisebois with the big club.

 

Benched
Saucerman
3

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Bancks Blujus Graham Jasek Juolevi
Out for the Season UBI hand upper body injury UDI Out for the season

 

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: 2-1 Sound Tigers

 

Bizarre first period, everyone looking tired and lethargic, lot of zone entries but nothing substantial coming from them; Comets outshot 13 to 7 in the first period. They start the 2nd on a brief penalty kill, but will be back to full strength relatively quick.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

A bit of a defensive lapse gives the Sound Tigers the lead, which is unfortunate because it truly was pure offensive dominance from the Comets that period…total opposite of the first period as they outshoot the Sound Tigers 14 to 5. Comets powerplay having some success again which is great to see as they go 1 for 2 in the 2nd period, and 2 for 3 on the day. Normally after one of these ultra-possession heavy periods the Comets spectacularly collapse in the third and just get dominated…hoping for the opposite and maybe we get a third consecutive game of 5 unanswered goals.

Liking the Arseneau/Gadjovich line as well as the Gaudette/Lind/Gaunce line, super dominant from them, Kero/Pyatt and Boucher continue to look good, but in a much simpler way. Lind/Gaudette and Gaunce are just dancing around the Tigers but are struggling to finish on their chances…hopefully they connect because they’ve been impressive during this triple header weekend

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 4-4 Tie

 

Well that was an interesting period! The Comets gain the lead off a shorthanded goal then lose it minutes later off another brutal tip-in; shots favored Utica only slightly that period 11 to 10. So we head to overtime to conclude this one.

OVERTIME

 

  • Never mind, whoever the idiot is at AHL.tv cancelled the game feed so no video of overtime…good stuff.
  • Feed resumes with 3:13 left in Overtime
  • GOAL – BRIDGEPORT – 5-4 Sound Tigers: Brutal stuff here in OT, Schenn(#23) fans on a pass to Boucher(#24) who then has a lazy pass onto the stick of the Tigers’ Matt Lorito, who races in on a 2 on 1 against Kulbakov and calmly glides it over to Tanner Fritz to complete the comeback after giving up the lead early in the 3rd.

 

Final Score: 5-4 Bridgeport Sound Tigers

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Bridgeport Travis St. Denis Chris Bourque Otto Koivula 5v5
1st Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Evan McEneny PPG
1st Bridgeport Otto Koivula Travis St. Denis Chris Bourque 5v5
2nd Utica Luke Schenn Johnathan Dahlen Jonah Gadjovich PPG
2nd Birdgeport Steve Bernier Sebastian Aho Ryan Bourque 5v5
3rd Utica Jonathan Dahlen Brendan Gaunce Cam Darcy 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Gaunce Tom Pyatt SHG
3rd Bridgeport Ben Holmstrom Chris Casto Parker Wotherspoon 5v5
OT Bridgeport Tanner Fritz Matt Lorito 3v3

 

Takeaways

  • Some brutal defensive gaffes and bad passing cost the team the win today… after getting that shorthanded goal they let momentum build for the Sound Tigers and sure enough they capitalize to win it in OT. The Comets still pick up a point and pending the Marlies win, secure their 4th place in the North Division, but you can’t help but feel like they should’ve come away with two points.
  • Kulbakov was not done any favors tonight by the team in front of him, chalk it up to exhaustion but they just had so many bad giveaways and passes that resulted in chances for the Sound Tigers. 5 goals on 32 shots doesn’t sound great, but it’s a lot better when you realize that more than half of those were serious, high danger scoring opportunities.
  • Brendan Gaunce once again with a really solid game alongside Kole Lind and Adam Gaudette…the latter two still have yet to find the scoreboard in the past couple games but its hard todeny their chemistry or talent when out there together. Again I have to chalk it up to exhaustion which prevented them from generating more shots on goal. The line collectively had 7 registered shots on goal, with Gaunce accounting for 4 of them.
  • I can’t help but think that Stefan LeBlanc might actually be not that great of a defensemen and that our PTO Colton Saucerman is better suited out there…maybe it’s the new team thing, still finding his footing, but after 3 games with the Comets, I can’t say I’ve seen him be that great in his own zone, or fast enough in the offensive zone (besides a couple opportunities today), Saucerman has previous experience playing with Gaudette, and the two have scored points when playing together while with the Comets, plus there’s the hustle thing, Saucerman has a very workman/Biega like work ethic on the ice, where he may not be the most skilled but is efficient in his own end while providing stable enough passes to his forwards ahead of him. It’s still very early, but I think I’d like to see the Sauce at least one or two more times before his PTO contract expires. Couldn’t hurt giving him a final look given Blujus and Graham are possibly out for long term.
  • Given how hard theFriday and Saturday comeback victories were for our Farm squad, missing Zack MacEwen, Lukas Jasek and rotating in a line of guys who haven’t played for over a week, I can still call this game a pretty decent success. 5 points out of 6 in a triple header is quite a feat, especially considering they were facing off against 3 top 4 teams of their respective divisions in a row!

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Jonathan Dahlen
  2. Brendan Gaunce
  3. Ivan Kulbakov

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets return this Wednesday where they take on the North Division’s last place team, the Laval Rocket. The Rocket have struggled hard lately, going 3-5-1-1 in their last 10, and currently are riding a 6 game losing streak. They have the 2nd worst penalty killing % in the North Division and the 3rd worst powerplay % to boot. So things aren’t looking to hot for the Burrows coached team as of late, and with the Comets having picked up 5 out of a possible 6 points with a team running on fumes, it should be another tough one for the former Canuck forwards squad to try and eke out a victory on the road with their division worst away record.

 

Until Wednesday, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/9/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

Well guys the wrists are iced and ready for the second tilly of this triple header! The Comets look to add on to last nights impressive 5 straight unanswered goals against the Phantoms when they take on the Rochester Americans in a crucial tilt to solidify their place in the top 4 of the North Division, should the team want to contend in the Calder Cup Playoffs this season!

 

Looks like Trent Cull isn’t changing shit from last night, I’ll admit that the top two lines of Gaunce-Gaudsplan-Lind and Boucher-Kero-MacEwen were very effective so its hard to warrant any siginificant lineup changes…that being said…I’d still like to see Gadjovich playing…I’m sorry but the way he’s been deployed in the last month has been pathetic…the kids been having great games, doesn’t take stupid as fuck penalties…fights for his brothers in arms….creates scoring opportunities for his offensive-blackholes centermen (dammit I guess last night didn’t change the label!) but regardless a little armchair gm’ing but I’d love to see a lineup like this

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Gadjovich Gaudette Lind
Bancks Woods Pyatt

 

There is no need for Arseneau, Hamilton or Darcy in this forward group. If the concern is “grit” or “toughness” or “penalty killing” frankly you have Kero, Gaunce, MacEwen, Gaudette, Gadjovich, Bancks, Woods and Pyatt who can provide 1 of, if not 2 of those 3 things already…Hamilton/Darcy and Arseneau add toughness and penalty killing, but that’s when they’re not already in the box for taking stupid as fuck penalties to cover for their lack of skill. I don’t mean to be rude, but they just aren’t playing good enough, have no prospect of achieving anything higher than a 3rd/4th line AHL role so why are we wasting ice time on them instead of giving Gadjovich all the time in the world to adapt with more ice-time….learn through gameplay…not through practices and watching from the stands…get him some fucking games!!! FUCK!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Gaudette Lind
Boucher Kero MacEwen
Dahlen Woods Pyatt
Bancks Darcy Jasek
LD RD
Sautner Schenn
McEneny Chatfield
Leblanc Sifers
G
Michael Leighton

 

I’m legit surprised they’re giving Leighton back-to-backs in this triple header, Rochester is a much tougher club than Lehigh and Bridgeport…so you’d think they’d have put in Kulbakov and then sandwiched the triple header with Leighton….whatever…I questioned last nights lineup too and they ended up getting goals from their weakest players so what do I know! 😀

 

TRANSACTIONS

 

Once again, Brisebois is up with the Canucks, Cliff Watson has been sent back down to the ECHL and Tanner MacMaster was traded to Toronto for current 3rd pairing D-man Stefan LeBlanc.

 

Benched
Arseneau Gadjovich Hamilton Saucerman
3 2 3 2

 

*eyeroll emoji*…

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Graham Juolevi
Out for the Season hand upper body injury Out for the season

 

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: 2-0 Comets

 

I’m pretty sure I said it in the last Farmies, but the Comets need to play a very disciplined game against the Americans so as to not get Futtbucked by their incredible powerplay…and sure enough the team takes 3 absolutely stupid penalties from their key penalty killers to allow the Amurks a way to extend their lead after an absolutely atrocious first goal. The Amurks are number one in the North Division for a reason, as they absolutely PUNSISH teams for their mistakes.

I also harken back to my earlier comment about wasting roster spots on veteran “leadership” if they’re providing nothing offensively while putting their team at a constant disadvantage with bad penalties… that’s 3 in one period…whether they smarten up in the 2nd is a total mystery to me. The Comets were heavily out possessed and were outshot 11 to 7 in the first, so maybe they find some energy to generate something

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Momentum swings heavy in the Comets favor early in the second as they rattle off 3 unanswered for the second time in two nights back to back. Shots were still relatively close as the Amurks started to find their footing on the back end of that period…Comets still outshot the Amurks 15 to 12…Still a tight one, Rochester loves to punish mistakes and at any moment this game could turn on its head. Will be interesting to see how the lines shake up in lieu of a possible injury to Carter Bancks. We saw Jasek, Boucher and Darcy but I don’t see that playing out into the third period.

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 5-2 Comets

 

Damn what an impressive third period, granted some of those goals were softer than baby shit…but they got the job done. 5 straight unanswered goals to win it in regulation for the second night in a row…Kind of hilarious that after two periods of Gaudette and Lind looking like the only offensive dynamos this game, the guys who id been shitting on for not producing lately all come up to contribute offense. Now I have nothing to complain about…what the fuck guys? How could you do your Farmies bro like this? I just kind of blocked out what I wrote in last night’s game summary because this was a total rinse and repeat! The Comets dominate in the third, outshooting the Amurks 13 to 4

 

Final Score 5-2 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Rochester Wayne Simpson Taylor Leier 5v5
1st Rochester Victor Olofsson Danny O’Regan PPG
2nd Utica Zack MacEwen Evan McEneny Reid Boucher 5v5
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Zack MacEwen Luke Schenn 5v5
2nd Utica Jonathan Dahlen Brendan Woods Tom Pyatt 5v5
3rd Utica Reid Boucher Zack MacEwen PPG
3rd Utica Reid Boucher Zack MacEwen Tanner Kero EN

 

Takeaways

  • Well I guess this means Jonah Gadjovich is never playing for the Comets again this season haha…that is unless he slides in for an injured Carter Bancks. Super impressive performance against the number one team in the North Division. Massive comeback two nights in a row back to back, both times 5 unanswered…I mean their powerplay still needs work but if they can rattle off 10 even strength goals to win games where they were trailing by two…I mean props to them that’s impressive as fuck.
  • It’s kind of funny, I think the Amurk team prepped so hard to deny Adam Gaudette from getting his game going with Gaunce and Lind that it completely opened up the MacEwen/Kero and Boucher line to just run train all game.
  • Lind continues to impress with his crisp passing game and playmaking, he and his line didn’t find the back of the net tonight, but the attention the Amurks had to pay to them was major factor in their other line being able to generate such tremendous offense.
  • Really hope the AHL takes a look at that elbow…Gaudette returned to the game but still, such a reckless play that could only have one outcome, and that was to injure
  • Luke Schenn and Evan McEneny continue to impress as stable defenders every game…I have no clue what is going on with Jalen Chatfield though as he looks completely lost or something for a bulk of the early game…constantly hitting the brakes way too soon or way too late, missing every pokecheck, passes that are too hard or too soft. Really not sure what’s going on with him, but as someone who’s been singing his praises hard in anticipation of next summers training camp, I really hope this is just something to do with his long stint on the bench…hopefully he’s able to turn it around, because the team misses his stability as he was never usually the one to be an anchor for his pairing.
  • Dahlen gets two points at 5v5 in back to back games playing with a guy who isn’t known for being a playmaking center…this speaks to Dahlens very apparent skill in that he elevates those he plays with…he still has stuff he needs to work on, but I think the last two games are definite marks of improvement for him and highlights his ability to elevate the games of people around him…I’m very interested in how he looks in next years training camp because, and I take a deep breath for this one, I really hope Canucks fans remember that he is stepping into one of the top 5 best leagues in the world from the 2nd tier Swedish league and is producing, even if most of them are from the powerplay, I think his strides as of late in being able to get someone like Brendan Woods producing at even strength is a testament to how good he is and can be. I wouldn’t write him off yet guys, I think he still has more to show
  • If the Comets roll out another 5 unanswered goals tomorrow afternoon against Bridgeport that’ll be legitimately insane.
  • oh yeah call up MacEwen and put him in over Erikkson or Granlund…just look at that hustle on that one play, or his snipe, or the fact that he is the reason this team scored 4 goals at even strength to comeback from a 2 goal deficit to win. This guy would be such a great complimentary piece to Bo Horvats game…instead of having Bowie lead every zone entry, carry the puck down the wing, taking every draw, literally doing everything for his line while still scoring, give him someone like MacEwen who shows the same hustle, the same goalscoring ability and more…god …its his time…bench Erikkson while Baertschi’s out and give the MacDaddy a look…PLEASE

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Reid Boucher – 3 goals, 1 assist – 10 shots on goal
  2. Zack MacEwen – see all streamables from above, 1 goal, 3 assists – 4 shots on goal
  3. Michael Leighton – back to back impressive nights, tonight savings 25 of 27 and the previous night IN A VERY BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCE, ALSO SAVING 25 OF 27!

Honorable mentions: Luke Schenn and Evan McEneny

 

What’s Next?

 

The icepacks are back on, for now until tomorrow morning when the Comets visit the Bridgeport “Sound Tigers” in an away game to wrap up this triple header! The Sound Tigers are 3-2-0-0 in their last 5 and sit 2nd in the AHL’s Atlantic Division with 58 points. The last time these two met the Comets lost 4-3 in overtime…as they only meet twice this season it’ll be interesting to see what kind of adjustments Cull makes to the lineup…he might just roll out the same shit again and I honestly wouldn’t blame him at this point…I do want Gadjovich to get at least 1 game in this triple header…if he gets benched for all 3 then I expect outrage from Vancouver media. I’m only one man and cant rattle cages just myself!

 

Until tomorrow though, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!

2/8/19 – Utica Comets vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

*cracks the ever loving fuck out of knuckles*

 

What’s up R/Canucks, Farmies back at’er again, this time with some triple-header action for the weekend as the Utica Comets face off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Rochester Americans and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Yep, its going to be a busy busy busy weekend for the Farm, and with some healthy bodies returning to the lineup, we should be seeing some pretty strange lineups this weekend that we haven’t seen before.

 

Little bit about Lehigh Valley, they are the farm team of the Philadelphia Flyers and are currently sitting in a tie for 3rd place in the Atlantic Division along with the Providence Bruins. The Phantoms are 5-3-2-0 in their last 10, and coming into tonight are on a 1 game losing streak after dropping a 2-1 game to the Hershey Bears.

 

The Comets are currently sitting 4th in the AHL’s North Division but have struggled since having a very successful January, and have gone a similar 5-3-1-1 in their last 10. The Comets finally got some momentum going on their powerplay in their match against the Springfield Thunderbirds, prior to Saturday’s 75% powerplay success rate, the Comets had succeed only twice in 21 attempts. I guess from the big club to the Farm, there is just something in the powerplay Gatorade because something clearly isn’t clicking for both clubs.

 

With that being said, and given that I have two more games to cover for the weekend, lets hop right into tonight’s coverage and tonight’s starting lineup!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Gaudette Lind
Boucher Kero MacEwen
Dahlen Woods Pyatt
Bancks Darcy Jasek
LD RD
Sautner Schenn
McEneny Chatfield
Leblanc Sifers
G
Michael Leighton

 

Man….that is a rough looking lineup. Once again, despite having successful games in each of his last 8 starts, Jonah Gadjovich again rides the bench so Carter Bancks, Brendan Woods and Cam Darcy can continue to provide nothing but penalty killing, that is, when they themselves AREN’T sitting in the box for taking bad penalties.

 

Hate that 3rd line, Dahlen’s struggled HARD 5v5 this season, so you stick him with offensive an offensive black hole in Woods? What? I’d much rather see Dahlen-Gaudette-Lind, and slide Gaunce to center with Pyatt and Jasek…….Gaunce has been effective at center, I don’t know what having 2 of your 4 centers be guys who can’t score at the AHL level does for your team or what it teaches your rookies. It isn’t teaching them about a winning culture that’s for sure, because their “stable” defensive presence has led to them BARELY being 4th in the north division with up to 4 games in hand on the guys above and below them in the standings…

 

Send Gadj back to junior or something cause seriously what a fucking waste, how is he learning shit at this point. He’s been fucking effective in all his games of January and February…he managed to get Brendan Woods to score a goal off a terrific bank pass from the left wing… ahhh I could rant for a while but I don’t have the wrist strength …

 

TRANSACTIONS

 

Guillaume Brisebois saw himself called up to the big club in the wake of Alex Edlers OWN fucking faaaaaaaaaaace getting annihilated.

Comets traded away winger Tanner MacMaster, who struggled mightily the past couple months when he was able to slide into the lineup…shame too, because he looked solid to start the year…wonder if it was another Palmu situation where he just had no idea what the team expected of him whenever he was able to slide into a game….

Also the Comets mercifully released Cliff Watson, who as far as I’m concerned was completely out of his depth in his time on the third pairing, but for whatever reason KEPT getting played over Saucerman who was much more reliable.

 

Benched
Arseneau Gadjovich Hamilton Saucerman
2 1 2 1

 

*eyeroll emoji*…

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Graham Juolevi
Out for the Season hand upper body injury Out for the season

 

Sautner returns from injury, and sadly so ends, the beloved, “his fucking faaaaaace” Injury Report. Godspeed sir…

 

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 their Green and White alternates

 

 

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

 

Lot of end to end action that period; shots favored Utica 9 to 6 and to be honest kind of surprising it was that close, because it felt like Utica were heavily out-possessing Lehigh Valley throughout. Sautner looking good in his first game back since having his face broken, and Gaudette looking just miles above his peers in terms of skill. I truly hope the big club finds a way to move Sutter before the trade deadline or in the offseason cause this kid is ready for big minutes in the NHL.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Thos two goals, the team is going to want back, BADLY…brutal defensive lapses to mixed in with just pure offensive dominance from MacEwen, Jasek, Gaudette and Lind….Dahlen still just completely invisible 5v5 though, what are they going to do with him to get him going if he couldn’t do it playing with Kero and MacEwen…certainly don’t know what Woods and Pyatt are going to do for him… some good fight in this Comets team…wonder if they regress like they usually do in the late period or if they will show some fire. Comets and Phantoms both with 12 shots each that period.

 

3rd Period

 

  • GOAL – UTICA – 2-2 Tie: there’s some fire for you! Ashton Sautner(#6) after being gone for 21 games with his FUCKIIIINGGGG FAAAAAAAAAAACE getting smashed, wires a shot from the blue line off a cross-ice pass from Tanner Kero(#10) to tie the game at 2
  • Comets maintaining pressure to start…lot of offensive zone draws early, not a lot of high danger shots but shots nonetheless from their blue line, think Schenn had 2 and then McEneny on the next lines shift followed with 1 of his own
  • GOAL – UTICA – 3-2 Comets: MacEwen(#15) brings the puck into the zone and takes a hit, but that opens up Boucher(#24) to walk the puck in to the bottom half of the circle and of course, the most casual of shots goes under McKenna’s pads to give the Comets their first lead of the game
  • GOAL – UTICA – 4-2 Comets: make it 4 straight unanswered and EARLY. Dahlen(#54 )plays it up to Woods(#21) who’s in on a 2-on-1 with Tom Pyatt(#20) and they connect with Pyatt going high blocker side on McKenna….on second thought…Philly…you can keep him!
  • A big shift from Bancks, Darcy and Jasek around the 14 minute marks see’s the Phantoms unable to even leave the neutral zone, just absolutely hemming them in their own zone with puck possession along the boards
  • Chatfield’s(#5) bad game continuing as he fans on a shot after racing down the length of the ice to chase the puck, he then fans on his pass leading to what could’ve been a very bad feed had it not been picked up by Brendan Woods
  • GOAL – UTICA – 5-2 Comets: Make that 5 unanswered! Pyatt(#20) flicks a high one towards the net and Brendan Gaunce(#16) casually tips it down towards McKenna and after a couple seconds points it out for the ref.
  • Yeah Philly you can definitely keep him
  • Ashton Sautner takes a cross checking minor to put the Comets on a late PK with 3 minutes remaining in the game
  • On the first PK shift, MacEwen collides with a defender trying to clear the puck and holds his shoulder…hopefully nothing more comes of it and this is the last we speak of it
  • Gaudette being given PK time which to me is unusual given the usual suspects are all still available for a pk shift…guess Cull is showing the “Utica cant develop players” crowd something to talk about
  • Comets kill the PK and kill the remaining seconds….wow what a comeback haha

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 5-2 Comets

 

Damn what an impressive third period, granted some of those goals were softer than baby shit…but they got the job done. 5 straight unanswered goals to win it in regulation…Kind of hilarious that after two periods of Gaudette and Lind looking like the only offensive dynamos this game, the guys who id been shitting on for not producing lately all come up to contribute offense. Now I have nothing to complain about…what the fuck guys? How could you do your Farmies bro like this?

 

Final Score 5-2 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Lehigh Valley Justin Bailey Connor Bunnaman 5v5
2nd Lehigh Valley Philippe Myers Chris Conners 5v5
2nd Utica Carter Bancks Jaime Sifers Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Utica Ashton Sautner Tanner Kero Zack MacEwen 5v5
3rd Utica Reid Boucher Zack MacEwen Stefan LeBlanc 5v5
3rd Utica Tom Pyatt Brendan Woods Jonathan Dahlen 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Gaunce Tom Pyatt Brendan Woods 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • Don’t make any moves for McKenna…please. Leighton has been good with Utica and the two goals tonight were hardly his fault…absolutely left out to dry off bad plays from Jalen Chatfield
  • Speaking of, Jalen Chatfield had a brutal game tonight, turnovers galore, I hope nobody said to him, “you gotta play like Pouliot if you want to REPLACE Pouliot” cause holy the guy just was off tonight. Uncharacteristically late to making safe moves
  • Adam Gaudette and Kole Lind together is a joy to watch, these two SOMEHOW got kept off the scoreboard tonight, but man you can just see the chemistry building there.
  • Luke Jasek might be a bit undersized, but the way this guy works the boards is incredible, rarely ever loses a battle outright along the boards, effectively keeps his opponents held up with him after the puck escapes leading them to make late/risky defensive moves, the latter which led to a goal the Jasek assisted on…I like his play…I don’t know if realistically he’s got NHL potential, but his game is super effective at the AHL level and leads to a tremendous amount of offensive opportunities for his team.
  • Jonathan Dahlen had a bit more noticeable of a game then we’ve seen in the past couple weeks…he actually got a point at 5v5 which is a bonus for him. But still, I can’t take away the invisible tag yet, because still for a guy with his clear talent, he SHOULD be able to create the space needed to utilize his passing game, he SHOULD be having more of those plays that he had in the first period, but for whatever reason they just aren’t coming, I can’t tell if it’s because he’s too slow, or he is just unsure of stepping into bigger players to try and win a puck battle, but whatever it is, its making him unreliable as a top 6 guy…and if you can’t be reliable 5v5 in the AHL in a team’s top 6…then it aint looking good for reuniting the old Timra boys in the NHL. I still have faith in Dahlen, I don’t think he’ll make the roster out of training camp next summer, but if he improves like he has this season moving from the 2nd tier Swedish league to the fucking AHL, then we might see him in the latter parts or even as an emergency call-up…I wont write him off yet…just call it growing pains for now
  • Zack MacEwen’s a fucking stud… Like Jasek I don’t know if his game will translate at an NHL level, but man his 800 foot game is just unreal…the explosiveness, skating, speed, the edgework for a guy his size while being able to score at his pace as an undrafted kid out of junior…its legit hard to NOT get excited at what this kid can accomplish at the next level because he’s already overachieving beyond what anybody expected…I really hope he’s given a shot with the big club…give up the effing playoff dreams and start seeing what we got in the future. I like Tyler Motte, but the team isn’t in desperate need of Tyler Motte in their nightly rotation…we can afford to get Zack MacEwen some playing time

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Lukas Jasek
  2. Adam Gaudette/Kole Lind
  3. Zack MacEwen

Honorable mentions: Ashton Sautner for overcoming such a brutal layoff to come back and not look timid or hesitant at all, and scoring the equalizer that opened the door on the Comets comeback tonight! Really great stuff from him and I hope that once he’s fully healed (he wore a full face guard tonight) that he gets a shot with the big club, he definitely earned it in his play before injury, and he’s reminding us now that he’s still got it

 

What’s Next?

 

It’s time to ice up the wrists, as the Comets are back at it again tomorrow against the Rochester Americans…the Amurks just absolutely murdered the Springfield Thunderbirds 7 to 1 (granted it is the Thunderbirds and they are legitimate garbage), and they are 3-2-0-0 in their last 5, with their only losses coming against the Syracuse Crunch. In their last 10 the Amurks are 7-0-1-2, and with that record edged the Syracuse Crunch recently for 1st place in the North Division with 63 points and a .670 points percentage.

It’ll be a tall task for this Comets squad but I mean, they can be gamers but the triple header will take its toll, fortunately there wasn’t a lot of special team time tonight to wear them down, so I expect them to try and maintain a very disciplined game to keep themselves fresh for their road game against the Sound Tigers on Sunday.

 

Until then, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always 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!