3/13/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

Good evening Canuckets fans, it’s the Farmies back at it again with another thrilling recap!

 

The last time we saw the Comets they were 10 minutes away from ending a 3 game road before they gave up 4 unanswered goals to the Laval Rocket; increasing their point-less streak to 4 games, and bringing them to a 1-6-1-0 record in their last 8 games.

Earlier this week the Comets also saw their hold of that 4th and final playoff spot in the AHL’s North Division disappear as the Belleville Senators beat the Toronto Marlies to gain a 2 point lead over the Comets. I’ve said it I think the last 4 games regarding the “must-win, or at the very least earn a point” nature of these games, but I’m not even going to bother at this point…you all know the drill, they know the drill…but if they cant even hold onto a 2 goal lead with ten minutes remaining in a game against the 2nd worst team in the division, then tonight’s game against the 1st place team in the North Division probably wont be too good if they give up a lead or even manage to earn one.

 

Yes , I know I’m being pretty doom and gloom, but its not even how bad the team has looked in the wake of all the call-ups this past couple weeks, but it’s that Evan McEneny was officially declared “done for the season” by Trent Cull; it’s the fact that that the team has no intentions of getting any NCAA prospects to the farm in this final stretch; it’s the fact that the teams most potent goalscorer is out with a hand injury with no established timetable for return; it’s that the teams #1 center has looked lost since his return from injury; it’s Tom Pyatt being out with a concussion after an innocuous collision into the boards; it’s … well it’s everything… everything is just NOT going the Comets way… and I genuinely worry how this is going to effect the remaining young guns we have left on this squad who are still struggling to earn every minute of ice they get.

 

I have no expectations for tonight’s game, frankly, anything other than giving up 4 unanswered in 10 minutes will be seen as a marked improvement on this team’s ability…but again given how close they are to that final playoff spot, it would be great to see this team try and eke out SOMETHING tonight.

 

Starting Lineup

 

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

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Blujus Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Pyatt
Out for the Season hand hand Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Concussion

 

Healthy Scratches
Saucerman
1

 

Looks like Stefan LeBlanc returns to the lineup after missing the last 3 games with injury. Saucerman slids out of the lineup, which to me is baffling…Petgrave looked alright in his first game with the Comets, but Saucerman has been much more reliable in both ends of the play in every game he’s played in…

 

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

 

Pretty competitive 1st period from the Comets, outshot marginally 9 to 7; Comets playing a good physical game throughout the period, quite a few good hits from each line, have a feeling Brendan Woods is going to score tonight…he’s had a few good looks tonight already playing with Lind and Gaunce. All things considered, I liked the battle of the team so far and the plays being generated by the play of our rookies.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

A bit of a rougher period for the Comets; penalty killers with their work cut out for them this period, 3 successful kills with extra props to guys like Jaime Sifers and Stefan LeBlanc for double or even triple shifting on those kills. Comets outshoot the Amurks 10 to 7 that period. Once again Brendan Woods with a really strong period, lot of turnovers created by him on the blue line and a couple breakaway chances as well…just needs to work that shot…maybe Elias Pettersson could run shooting drills in the offseason for the entire Canucks organization

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 3-0 Rochester Americans

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
3rd Rochester CJ Smith Victor Olofsson Rasmus Asplund 5V5
3rd Rochester Taylor Leier Andrew Oglevie 5v5
3rd Rochester Victor Olofsson CJ Smith Wayne Simpson PPG

 

Takeaways

 

¯_(ツ)_/¯

 

I mean all things considered, they were in this game for 2 of 3 periods against the best team in the division…but man when this team unravels they unravel HARD.

 

Comets Three Stars

I don’t even know at this point

 

What’s Next?

 

13 Games left in the season now; a 5 game losing streak; the major players of this squad are invisible or out for the season; or playing for San Jose…pretty crazy how not but one month ago I was applauding this group for their 8 game point streak despite their struggles and the losses in added time…but here we are 5 straight regulation losses; outscored 20 to 7 in that time…I don’t know what this team can do to try and make it happen…but it’s genuinely looking like it just won’t happen.

 

Despite the penalties and giveaways I’ll still contend that Lukas Jasek and Brendan Woods had solid games tonight, Kole Lind had a solid first two periods, but as he usually does, was pretty invisible in the final frame…which could have also done with that fact that team spent 8 of the 20 minutes penalty killing…

 

That first unit powerplay needs an overhaul – I don’t think Graham is a good puck distributor; He has the wheels but the play usually ends with him struggling to find a lane to pass to.

1st unit: Anselmini, Kero, Gaunce, Gardiner, MacEwen

2nd unit: Saucerman, Darcy, Lind, Jasek, Woods,

 

Jasek has had great passing chemistry with Darcy Lind AND Woods in the past few weeks, and Anselmini has looked like a great puck distributor and has a wicked shot from the blue line that can get through traffic, Graham honestly should be slotted as a forward if on a powerplay, but his shot from the blue line requires a lot of time and a lot of space which this team right now, cant appear to create for him.

 

The penalty killing groups have been absolutely fine, but the discipline of this team has been shit lately…of course they’re going to be constantly giving up late goals if they’re taking ¾ penalties in the final frame of every period. That’s a fuck load of extra work on these guys that are ALSO playing 1st/2nd line minutes.

 

The team returns this Friday against the Springfield Thunderbirds, and usually those games are quite spirited affairs so hopefully we get some more highlights out of that one. Anyways, apologies there wasn’t much in tonight’s issue, but I do hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here on Friday 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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