3/29/19 – Utica Comets vs. Toronto Marlies

Good evening night owls, the Farmies back at it again with the ultra-late edition! I unfortunately got my official notice of my tenancy being ended yesterday, so its absolute crunch time for me to try and find a place to live!

 

Speaking of crunch time! The Comets, despite an abysmal 1-8-1-0 record in their last 10 are SOMEHOW still in a tight playoff race with the Belleville Senators and the surging Cleveland Monsters. With 7 games remaining in the schedule and only 4 points separating 4 teams for that final Calder playoff spot, it seems crazy to say it but…there’s…STILL, a chance! Granted they have their work cut out for them…tonight it’s the 3rd place Toronto Marlies, and Saturday it’s against the North Division leading Syracuse Crunch.

 

It certainly would be in the Comets best interest to get a win or 2 this weekend, because the schedule does them zero favors in April to wrap up their season, as they rattle off two triple-headers in back to back weekends…their first triple header of the season, the comets went 1-2-0-0, their second one they went 2-0-1-0. And that was when they had pretty well their best players available…with the bulk of the D-core either with the Canucks or on IR, it’s pretty unlikely they find points that easy in the months of April, so fingers crossed they can earn some points tonight!

 

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Gaunce Darcy MacEwen
Malone Woods Jasek
Bancks Gardiner Stevenson
LD RD
Saucerman Blujus
Petgrave Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Gadjovich Arseneau Chatfield Lind
Out for the Season Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Upper Body Injury DTD DTD DTD

 

Healthy Scratches
Anselmini Thomas
1 4

 

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 the Green/White Alternates

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 0-0 Tie

 

Decent period from Utica…bit undisciplined in the penalty department that COULD cost them if they don’t straight out…but they spent a majority of the 1st in the Marlies zone pressuring, just didn’t get too many high danger scoring chances. Need to stop shooting pucks in form the blue line and hoping for the tip play to work.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Comets once again absolutely dominate the Marlies with pressure and shots, outshooting the Marlies so far 24 to 14. If they can’t maintain their stick discipline though and keep putting the team on the penalty kill, then they’re not going to get anything going. They desperately need someone to just rifle a shot past Hutchinson…the goalscoring droughts need to end!

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-2 Toronto Marlies

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Toronto Jermey Bracco Calle Rossen Dmytro Timashov PPG
3rd Toronto Colt Conrad Rasmus Sandin Frankie Corrado 5v5
3rd Toronto Michael Carcone Pierre Engvall 5v5
3rd Utica Seamus Malone Brendan Woods Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Toronto Nicholas Baptiste EN
3rd Utica Matt Petgrave Dylan Blujus PPG
3rd Toronto Dmytro Timashov Andreas Borgman Michael Hutchinson EN

 

Takeaways

 

  • Once again the Comets BADLY outshoot their opponent, 39 to 23, but simply cannot find the back of the net. Shit ton of breakaway opportunities early but the team just bombed on every real chance they had.
  • Like the Cull recognizes the success that Jasek/Woods and Malone were having together and chose to use them to close out the game.
  • First line of Pyatt Kero and Boucher ended the night as a team worst -3 on the night
  • Brendan Gaunce ended the game with 9 shots on goal and a -1 rating…after a 12 point December, a 9 point January and a 7 point february. Gaunce has 2 assists in all of March. I cant even say its just him though, the whole team is snakebitten, and ya a bulk of that has to do with the d-core built around this team…its simply not good enough, there isn’t enough depth to the organization to cover having 50% of their D-core playing up with the Canucks, while another 50% are on LTIR and thus being replaced by ECHL PTO’s. it’s a huge ask of the teams top “nhl caliber” players to be the sole providers of offense, but also be above-and-beyond the call of duty for backchecking and defensive play to compensate for the lack of awareness and speed of the current d-core.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Lukas Jasek/Seamus Malone/Brendan Woods in any order

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets will head into tomorrows matchup against the division leading Syracuse Crunch on another brutal losing streak with now even LESS available players than the last time these two teams met…with Chatfield/Lind AND Gadjovich all out with injury. Barring some quick recovery of course. Hopefully I’ll be able to cover this game at the latest by Sunday…going to be more house viewings, open houses and a friends birthday party so time might not be of the essence for me! To be completely honest I think I’m okay waiting to review the next Comets game…its getting a little tough to watch really interesting promising players just be completely ineffective due to the team they are surrounded with constantly blundering it up.

 

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