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!

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