3/20/19 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators

Whats up Canucks fans, Farmies back at it again with another no-holds barred adrenaline fueled thrill ride! The Comets take on the Belleville Senators, a team that put together one of the leagues best point streaks to usurp the 4th and final Calder playoff spot from the Comets…granted…any team could usurp the Comets place in the standings these days as they have just struggled immensely to have things go their way. They’ve currently dropped a season worst seven straight games and have several of their best players riding quite lengthy pointless/goalless droughts.

 

Weirdly enough I think this is one of the few times this season where both the NHL club AND the AHL club are facing both the NHL-AHL tandem on the same night.

 

The team has a few guys returning to the lineup for the first time in what seems like ages; Dylan Blujus returns to the lineup after picking up a hand injury on February 1st, Tom Pyatt also slides back into the lineup after being out with a concussion during a March 9th game. Granted that’s not the heavy hitters we were hoping for like Reid Boucher or you know…any of the core guys currently with the Canucks…but hey it’s a start!

So you know what, im going to downplay the negativity and just hop straight into tonight’s lineup and maybe that’ll will some good puck karma from the Cosmos for the Comets.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Kero Jasek
Pyatt Darcy MacEwen
Bancks Woods Lind
Arseneau Malone Gardiner
LD RD
Blujus Chatfield
LeBlanc Sifers
Graham Saucerman
G
Michael Leighton

 

Not sure I’m a fan of splitting up Jasek and MacEwen, they had some great passing and play setups between them last game…Gaunce isn’t exactly a finisher, so that first/second line of Gaunce/Kero/Jasek will probably be odd as that’s 3 playmakers, not finishers on a line together. If Anything I would’ve liked to see, Jasek-Darcy-MacEwen, as Jasek and Darcy had great chemistry a few games ago, and most recently Jasek/MacEwen did… but what do I Know!

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

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

 

Healthy Scratches
Anselmini Petgrave Stevenson Thomas
1 1 1 1

I’m actually pretty shocked Anselmini got scratched, but not really surprising given the teams roster decisions this season…he’d looked like a better powerplay QB than any of our other 2nd unit QB’s and played quite physical and did a great job in his own end. That being said, I’m fucking glad its Saucerman who gets a shift back in…he brought such a better rounded game than Petgrave OR Anselmini so hopefully he’s able to pick up where he left off .

 

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 solid period of hockey, end to end play! Really enjoying Seamus Malone’s play, he’s looking way more comfortable on the ice out there…plays very similar to an Adam Gaudette or Zack MacEwen…wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him slide up the lineup for a look…guy has got the speed to matchup with guys like Darcy/MacEwen etc. Comets outshot by the smallest of margins, 10 to 9.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 3-1 Belleville Senators

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Belleville Jack Rodewald Filip Chlapik Vitaly Abramov 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Woods Jalen Chatfield Dylan Blujus 5v5
3rd Belleville Justin Falk Drake Batherson Nick Paul 5v5
3rd Belleville Darren Archibald Erik Burgdoerfer Justin Falk EN

 

Takeaways

 

  • 8 straight, 6 points back of Belleville for the final playoff spot and only 10 games remaining. Its been a peach for the Farmies guys, but barring some crazy run, I think there wont be playoff coverage for the Farmies this season….twas a good run though!

 

Droughts:

 

Player
Lukas Jasek 1 assist in last 14 games
Tanner Kero 1g 2 a in last 7 games
Cam Darcy 1g 3a in last 12 games
Kole Lind 1g 2a in last 10 games
Zack MacEwen last goal march 6th, 1 assist in 6 games since
Brendan Gaunce last goal Feb 17th, 2 asssists in 12 games since
Vincent Arseneau 1g in 9 games
Tom Pyatt last goal Feb 17th, 1 assist in 9 games since

 

Since Evan McEneny and Reid Boucher went down with injuries, the Comets have scored only 8 goals in 6 games and been shut out twice in that time. So really only 8 goals in 4 games. Can’t expect much from this team when your powerplay quarterback and your best shooter both go down at the same time…nor when your entire D-core gets called up to be the Canucks D-core…

I know it must just suck to be in these close contests and be on the cusp of winning, only to have it slip away in the worst ways possible. Heartbreaker after heartbreaker.

  • Tonight’s game it seemed like each player had a great period but then they’d no-show the others…pretty unfortunate really. Chatfield, Gaunce, Woods and MacEwen were solid throughout all 3 periods though.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Michael Leighton
  • Brendan Woods
  • Jalen Chatfield

HM: Brendan Gaunce for TRYING his damndest to get shit going

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back in action Friday night when they face off against the Laval Rocket at home. The last time they met, the Comets got off to a pretty great lead early only to see them give up 5 straight unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to lose in regulation. No expectations, no regerts, we’ll see what happens…

 

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here 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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