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!

 

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