4/7/19 – Utica Comets vs. Providence Bruins

Good Sunday to you all! The Comets are back in action to complete the triple header, this time they’re continuing the road trip along the I-84 to Providence Rhode Island to face off against the Boston Bruins farm team, the Providence Bruins!

Providence sits precariously in 4th place in the AHL’s Atlantic division after splitting the first two games of their weekend triple-header with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Given that the Bruins are only 3 points up on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins…they’re in a bit of desperation mode to try and get as much separation as possible heading into next weekend’s triple header. So despite the joy and happiness of the Comets busting up another dreadful losing streak; todays match will NOT be easy by any stretch as they will be facing a team with a lot of fire and motivation to win.

 

Quite a lot of good came out of last nights win; Zack MacEwen scored a goal (an empty netter) for the first time since March 6th ending a massive scoring drought for him. Jonah Gadjovich also scored in his second game back from a 7 game stint on IR.

 

Overall I thought the Comets had a VERY good game last night (albeit it was against the Atlantic divisions’ last place team) but those are the kinds of games that help to inspire and rally a struggling team to elevate their compete level! With that, lets get into today’s game!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Darcy Boucher
Bancks Woods MacEwen
Gadjovich Gaunce Jasek
Arseneau Hamilton Gardiner
LD RD
Sifers LeBlanc
Petgrave Graham
Thow Blujus
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

LOL I genuinely do not see what Cull see’s in Petgrave that Graham and Saucerman are the ones exchanging turns in and out of the lineup. He’s a big guy who can transition the puck from his end to the other but the lapses while holding the blue line in the offensive zone are too frequent to warrant being a constant start in the lineup.

Ivan Kulbakov steps in to round out the weekend, the Kalamazoo Wings playoff run doesn’t start until this weekend so it’s probably great timing he was able to join them on this triple header weekend on such short notice

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Juolevi McEneny Chatfield Lind Kero
Out for the Season Out for the season Out for the season upper body injury lower body injury Concussion

 

Healthy Scratches
Anselmini Thomas Stevenson Eliot (will not play this season due to expansion draft reasons) Vanderlaan Saucerman

 

Cant say i disagree with Vanderlaan scratch…he really didn’t seem to offer much while playing, wasn’t really a dynamic skater (which would be necessary for a guy his size) didn’t have that impressive of a passing game either and generally was pretty forgettable for the most part, which is about the last thing you want to be on a team that is desperate for standout players in the final stretch of this wash of a season.

 

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: 1-0 Comets

 

Once again a pretty decent start for the Comets! Powerplay was a bit shit, but even strength they were doing a better job at setting up in the zone than Providence was; Comets outshot Providence 10 to 8 in the first, and that’s after 2 pretty dominant powerplays from Providence…so Comets looking strong at even strength here today.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Well that wasn’t the WORST period of Comets hockey I’ve ever seen…but I’m not liking the momentum the Bruins were generating towards the end of that period. Shots favored the B’s 11 to 9 in the second; shots after the game are now tie at 19 apiece. Comets need to work on the discipline a bit and try to avoid the penalty kill, because even at even strength they’ve had a few instances of getting absolutely hemmed into their own end for several minutes at a time, which usually doesn’t bode well for energy levels on the last game of a triple header weekend in a tie game situation.

 

3rd Period

 

 

NOW at this point I actually left to go do a home inspection so everything from here on out was reviewed on Monday haha

 

 

Final Score: 3-1 Providence Bruins

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Vincent Arseneau Wacey Hamilton Stefan LeBlanc 5V5
2nd Providence Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson Cooper Zech Peter Cehlarik PPG
3rd Providence Paul Carey Stuart Percy Jordan Szwarz 5V5
3rd Providence Anton Blidh Paul Carey Jordan Szwarz EN

 

Takeaways

 

  • Well despite a strong start, the suffocating pressure of the Providence Bruins proved too much for an exhausted Comets team. Shots were even at 6 a piece in the final frame, but the numerous times where the Comets were stuck in their end unable to change appeared to do them in. I never played hockey, but I imagine being on the penalty kill 4 times in a game as well as being caught in your own end at even strength for more than 2-3 minutes at a time on NUMEROUS occasions, isn’t great for the ol’ lactic acid buildup. Too bad because they started pretty strong.
  • Fairly disappointing to see Zack MacEwen so frustrated out there, you can see the effort is there for him, and he’s trying his hardest to create offense, but the pucks are just not ending up where they need to be. Haven’t seen a slap shot from this guy since January; a bulk of this guy’s goals and points earlier this season came off quick one timers off the draw in the circle but that seems to have evaporated as of late. Not sure if its just late season fatigue, the lack of a true dynamic offensive center to play with or what…but it sucks seeing the guy teeming with frustration out there.
  • Kulbakov looked good in his return with the Comets; really bailed them out on numerous occasions during those periods of time where all 5 players were completely gassed and incapable of breaking up the pressure.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Jonah Gadjovich
  • Ivan Kulbakov
  • Vincent Arseneau

HM: Zack MacEwen

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets return this Friday for another triple header; first up is a home game against the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins. The Penguins have 3 games left in their schedule and sit 5 points back of Providence for the last Calder Playoff spot of the Atlantic division. Going to be some absolutely desperate hockey from them (as Providence displayed Sunday) so hopefully the Comets are well rested and prepared for their 2nd to last home game of the season against a very tough competitor.

 

As far as I know I don’t have any homebuying stuff to keep me occupied this weekend so IN THEORY, I’ll have Farmies ready to go as quick as possible!

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