3/8/19 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Whats up guys, Farmies back at it again with another double dosage of Comets coverage. Tonight the Coemts run it back against the Syracuse Crunch, looking to earn some points as they fight for a playoff spot, hopefully the boys worked out the kinks and come into tonight prepared to fix their mistakes!

 

McEneny a lower-body injury.

Boucher “nicked.”

Both per Joe Roberts on the radio.

 

R.I.P

 

Wellp, with Reid Boucher out of the lineup, the scoring pressure falls to Zack MacEwen, Tanner Kero and Brendan Gaunce who will form our 1st line tonight. Absolutely no clue where they find goals in the rest of the lineup though because it looks rough!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Kero MacEwen
Lind Woods Pyatt
Jasek Darcy Bancks
Arseneau Gardiner Gadjovich
LD RD
Anselmini Sifers
Petgrave Chatfield
Saucerman Graham
G
Marek Mazanec

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Blujus Juolevi LeBlanc McEneny Hamilton
Out for the Season undisclosed hand Out for the season Undisclosed Lower body injury Undisclosed

 

Healthy Scratches
Thomas
5

 

With injuries to LeBlanc, Boucher AND McEneny, this looks legitimately like a junior or ECHL team featuring a first line of NHL players. That D-Core holy quacamole…and people think the Canucks have got it bad…that’s 36 year old Sifers, 3 PTO’s and Jesse Graham holding it down on the back end.

 

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: 2-0 Crunch

 

The jinx is set, 9 straight games of being unable to score in the first period. Shots were amazingly in favor of the Comets on that one 5 to 4. Petty slow going period, once again poor defending opens the scoring against… I’m hopeful that the team can find that gear late, like they did on Wednesday, but without the firepower of Boucher on that right side it really isn’t looking too hot.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

I’d really like to see a finisher like MacEwen moved to the Darcy/Jasek line, they’ve definitely created the most chances with great passing plays but have been unable to capitalize…The only bright spot in an otherwise dull lifeless period of hockey from both teams. Comets get outshot 11 to 8 but manage to kill 2 penalties.

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 4-0 Syracuse Crunch

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Syracuse Taylor Raddysh Ross Colton 5V5
1st Syracuse Alex Barre-Boulet Andy Andreoff Carter Verhaeghe PPG
3rd Syracuse Alexander Volkov Nolan Valleau Gabriel Dumont 5v5
3rd Syracuse Gabriel Dumont Nolan Valleau EN

 

Takeaways

  • well… it wasn’t the WORST game of hockey…there was some upside…Jonah Gadjovich, Cam Darcy and Lukas Jasek continue to look like the only guys playing hockey in this past 6 game stretch. Truly not a whole lot to say about this game…a LOT of invisible players tonight. Didn’t even realize Gardiner was playing until that pokecheck that set up Jasek. Lind continues his stretch of just being a complete non-factor….I’m desperately hoping for some serious line shakeups after this stretch, the team needs a wake up call…
  • Saucerman and Graham looked good tonight, they held it down on the back end pretty well tonight and had quite a few shots of their own, Saucerman had a few clutch play breakups too which was good to see…can tell the powerplay units are frustrated as fuck out there…the passing to the blue line is just not there whatsoever.
  • Got to remind myself this is against the North Divisions leading team, so perhaps these last two games are a blip on the radar…but without Evan McEneny and possibly Reid Boucher, this team’s playoff dreams are in serious fucking trouble. A tonne of this teams offense was off the back of plays set up by Evan McEneny, and frankly not a single one of the current d-men on roster can fill that void. Even Guillaume Brisebois being returned to Utica wouldn’t fill that void… we are through the looking glass people!
  • Apologies for the lateness on this one, was prepping mostly all day and night for a brief stint on Rink Wide on TSN1040, I got so caught up in planning I forgot to even mention it in the last Farmies or on the Canucks Discord, so apologies to those who missed it but wanted to listen in – ill have a link if they clip the segment – and to those who tuned in I appreciate the ever loving fuck out of you!

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Lukas Jasek
  2. Cam Darcy
  3. Jonah Gadjovich

HM: no one

 

What’s Next?

 

The hockey gods were on the Comets side tonight, despite losing 5 of their last 6, miraculously the Belleville Senators 17 game Pointstreak came to an end Thursday, and then they lost again tonight 4-zip to keep the Comets and Sens deadlocked in a VERY tight race for 4th place in the North Division…Honestly given how bad this team has looked in the last few weeks, that last spot in the Calder playoffs is just ripe for the taking, but the Gods are on our side, so heres hoping our boys can step up huge tomorrow against the Laval Rocket.

 

The Rocket are currently the 7th team in the North Division and are winless in the month of March, with their most recent game being a 3-zip loss to the Toronto Marlies. The Rocket have the 2nd worst powerplay% and 2nd worst penalty killing % in the North Division, so in THEORY…the Comets have a chance…that being said… I am not holding my breath, as I just spent my Wednesday and Friday night watching a team go 0 for 11 on the powerplay…I dunno…maybe the Quinn Hughes foot injury has me thinking negative… positive approach though, I believe that if the Comets are going to break this losing streak, its going to be against the Burrows coached Laval Rocket…it has to happen. I believe it to be true.

 

Until tomorrow night, 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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