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!

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