3/15/19 – Utica Comets vs. Springfield Thunderbirds

Good evening Vancutica Camockets Fans! Its another night for the Farmies where we tune into to endure watch the Farm team attempt to play some competitive AHL hockey in the most competitive time of the season!

 

I’m obviously being hard on them for comedic effect, in reality, they played quite admirably against the division leading Rochester Americans on Wednesday; Tonight, the Comets face off against the Springfield Thunderbirds, a team that currently sits 7th place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division. The T-Birds have fared a bit better in the month of March, having alternated wins and losses their past 6 games.

 

The Comets have had the T-Birds number all season, winning 3 of their 4 matchups and outscoring them 11 to 6 in those games. Given the brutal depletion of the roster due to injuries and call-ups, plus the general awful puck luck hitting this team right now, I can’t say whether this should be a winnable game or not for the Comets… they ought to have beat Laval as well but blew that one pretty hard in a span of ten minutes…

 

Elsewhere in the AHL, a lot of marquee matchups in the battle for the final Calder Cup playoff spots as the Belleville Senators look to increase there lead on Utica with a game tonight against the Laval Rocket at home. So yeah as I’ve said like a broken record…pretty important games here down the stretch.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero MacEwen
Gaunce Woods Lind
Bancks Darcy Thomas
Arseneau Malone Gardiner
LD RD
Petgrave Chatfield
Anselmini Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

Looks like the new guy Seamus Malone, an ATO from the University of Wisconsin slides into his first pro game tonight on the 4th line with Vinny Arseneau and Reid Gardiner. No idea what to expect from him but Arseneau is a pretty solid buffer against the meatheads of the Springfield Thunderbirds, and Gardiner has a pretty decent shot so we’ll see what he can provide to this struggling Comets forward group.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

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

 

Healthy Scratches
Saucerman
2

 

Looks like Boucher’s hand has been in a hand cast for the past week or so…. If his season is done too then oh boy that’s just another notch in the bad injury luck for the Canucks org.

As I wrote in last Wednesday’s Farmies, I’m not a fan of seeing Saucerman on the bench…I think he’s been one of the teams better two way defenders in the wake of call-up/injurygeddon.

 

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: 0-0 Tie

 

Interesting period…Comets look like it’s the first day of camp or something and nobody knows who anybody is…pass timing is completely off from nearly every line…and when they HAVE been able to cycle or get any passing going, they haven’t been able to get any shots on net. Utica was outshot 10 to 7 in the first period, I can’t imagine what the possession numbers were like, but it wasn’t looking too hot for the Comets in the first.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 1-0 Thunderbirds

 

I mean, aside from a few moments here and there and the late powerplay, the Comets once again just continue to struggle to complete quality passes. They had some good looks this period though and managed to outshoot Springfield 13 to 8, while shutting down 2 Springfield powerplays as well. Man do they miss having snipers on this team though…without Dahlen or Boucher on this team, the only real sniper left is MacEwen but he’s had to resort to being a playmaker in the wake of Dahlen/McEneny and Boucher’s absence…Doesn’t help this team when the only people left in the lineup who can score are also the only guys who are the only playmakers, and the Thunderbirds are doing a great job at shutting down the play creation or attempts to create offense by MacEwen, Jasek and Gaunce.

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 1-1 Tie

 

Well that was impressive as fuck, Comets absolutel dominating the Thunderbirds with possession and pressure in the o-zone…lots of great looks and chances from MacEwen, Jasek, Kero and Anselmini…OT should be interesting for this squad.

 

Overtime

 

 

Final Score: 2-1 Springfield Thunderbirds

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Springfield Matt Mangene Ludwig Bystrom Juho Lammikko 5v5
3rd Utica Seamus Malone Zack MacEwen Tanner Kero 5v5
OT Springfield Anthony Greco PS

 

Takeaways

 

  • fuck man…this one hurt…this one legitimately hurt to watch…Comets outshoot Springfield 39 to 25…and lose on a fucking terrible play from Brendan Gaunce in the offensive zone as he fans on the shot, then has to force the penalty shot…after outshooting Springfield 3-0 in OT… just a brutal way for this team to lose…the streak was almost over…
  • Jasek, MacEwen, Kero and Anselmini had fantastic games despite the shitty first period…collectively the team no showed the first two periods really, but there 4 were hustling hard to try and get the momentum in the teams favor. I like Anselmini’s shot from the blueline, despite his size the guy packs a punch. Jasek ended the night with 5 shots on goal, MacEwen with 2, Kero with 3 and Anselmini with 2.
  • Seamus Malone looked pretty decent out there…he didn’t look completely out of his depth, which cant be said about a lot of the PTO’s and ATO’s that the team has tried in this lineup this year…had decent speed and skating, and clearly has a pretty decent shot! Wouldn’t be shocked to see him stick around after the end of this season.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Lukas Jasek
  • Zack MacEwen
  • Brandon Anselmini

HM: Seamus Malone for ACTUALLY getting a puck in the net

 

What’s Next?

 

12 games left, the streak continues, but the Comets at least eke out a point, which is good because the Belleville Senators just lost tonight in a shootout, so that 4th and final playoff spot is still 1 win away. The bad news though is the Cleveland Monsters are up on the Chicago Wolves, which if they do win puts THEM 1 point behind Utica…so like I said the games right now couldn’t possibly be more do-or-die…which is why this loss AND the Laval loss were so fucking heartbreaking….they were doing everything so right and then it just takes that little lapse and boom the game blows up in their faces…brutal result.

 

Tomorrow the Comets are back in action against the Atlantic’s last place, Hartford Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack have had a much more successful March than the Comets, having won 4 of their last 7, needing extra time for all 4 of those victories however. The Comets despite their late dominance tonight haven’t had too much puck luck in the latter stages of games this month so they’ll have to beat Hartford early and try to not fuck it up in the final 10 minutes like they did against Laval…hoping nobody left tonight’s game with an injury, because this team desperately needs some chemistry, and while I think at least 2 lines were getting some momentum going tonight, I think another line shakeup might destroy what little momentum this team carried into tonight’s final frames.

 

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here tomorrow (or possibly Sunday, depending on if I get drunk again and completely forget about the game) 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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