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!

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