4/12/19 – Utica Comets vs. WBS Penguins

What’s up R/Canucks! The season is dead…but there is still hockey to be seen from the farm team! Tonight the farm squad faces off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Penguins sit precariously in 6th place in the AHL’s Atlantic division, and are currently riding a 2 game losing streak; a pretty awful time to go on a losing streak when you’re literally THIS CLOSE to Calder playoffs! Sneaking into the 5th place spot with only 4 points behind the Providence was the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who currently PLAY against Providence tonight!

 

For the Penguins sake they need Lehigh to beat Providence and then lose their final game of the season…and they need to win all 3 of their triple header games this weekend to surge past Providence…a pretty tall task!

 

On the other hand there’s our lovable band of misfit players, the Utica Comets, who’s struggles transcend time and space, that’s how awful they’ve been…but at least it isn’t for a lack of trying…they’re playing their hearts out but the skill is what we really need for them to win games and score goals, something that has just NOT happened the past month and a half.

 

So Tonight is zero expectations…one team is fighting for their lives and the other is a hodge podge of players struggling to try and make it work! Lets get into tonight’s match and see how the Farm starts off their final 3 games of the season!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Bancks Woods MacEwen
Gaunce Darcy Lind
Gadjovich Hamilton Jasek
Pyatt Kero Boucher
LD RD
Sifers LeBlanc
Anselmini Graham
Thow Blujus
G
Marek Mazanec

 

Pretty stoked to see Kole Lind and Tanner Kero return from injuries; Kero because he’s actually a pretty legit hockey player and playmaking centerman, and Lind because the more prospects on the farm to cover, the better!

 

The team had a mass-exodus of their ECHL talent to their ECHL affiliated teams as they all head into playoffs for the Kelly Cup. Hard to believe we can even field a team after shedding, Saucerman, Thomas, Petgrave and Kulbakov, but after ditching the playoff bound ECHL’ers we picked up some others NOT heading into playoffs; Goaltender Ty Reichenbach and Defensemen Connor Doherty and Derek Pratt.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Juolevi McEneny Chatfield Leighton
Out for the Season Out for the season Out for the season upper body injury lower body injury

 

Healthy Scratches
Arseneau Stevenson Vanderlaan Pratt Doherty Eliot(wont play due to exp. Draft considerations)

 

I know the sub and myself harp on the Utica team for their deployment of perceived “career AHL’ers” and “ECHL level talent”… but dammit, I genuinely want Vinny Arseneau playing hockey for this team…at least he hits and can score fucking goals…. Pyatt, Bancks, Darcy, Lind, hell you could make an argument that the majority of this lineup is completely ineffective as of late…but Arseneau’s playstyle has actually been damn effective lately.

 

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: 1-0 Comets

 

Solid start for the Comets! And once again I feel like I’m spending my intermission periods gushing about the improvements in Gadjovich’ skating and all-around game…Like the look of his line with Jasek and Hamilton – Hamilton brings the speed and Jasek is a crafty playmaker and passer so these guys have been looking dynamite all night so far! Comets outshot the Baby Pens 14 to 8 after 20 minutes

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 7-1 Comets

 

Well that was probably the best period of hockey I think I’ve watched from the Comets all god damn season…kids are playing great…vets are playing for their positions…. Boucher gets a fucking natural hatty in the span of 13 minutes… they’re impressing man, great show for the fans. Comets continue the onslaught, outshooting the Penguins 17 to 9 in the second period – outshooting them 31 to 17 across 2. No clue where the game goes from here… lot of guys due to sit in the bench serving out their fighting majors

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 8-1 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Jonah Gadjovich Lukas Jasek Wacey Hamilton 5v5
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Tanner Kero 5v5
2nd Utica Tom Pyatt Zack MacEwen Reid Boucher PPG
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Tom Pyatt Jesse Graham 5v5
2nd Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Jarrett Burton Adam Johnson Matt Abt 5v5
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Tanner Kero Tom Pyatt PPG
2nd Utica Lukas Jasek Brendan Gaunce Zack MacEwen PPG
2nd Utica Kole Lind Brendan Gaunce Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Utica Jaime Sifers Carter Bancks Wacey Hamilton SHG

 

Takeaways

 

  • I feel like I just watched the most exciting game of Comets hockey all season right here…Team played great in all areas of the game, powerplay, penalty kill, their grit/60 was through the roof! The Jim Benning effect was in full force for this one as practically everyone on this team played out of their minds.
  • Great games from the youth in this one, Lind with 1 goal on 2 shots, Jasek with 1 goal and 2 assists, Gadjovich with the opening goal a fight and 2 shots and Zack MacEwen with 2 assists a fight and 2 shots on goal
  • The vets stepped up huge too, Wacey Hamilton was flying like a bullet out there and ended his night with 2 assists a fight and 2 shots on goal, Jaime Sifers ended the game with 1 goal on 5 shots, Brendan Woods also played great although he didn’t see it on the scoresheet, the guy was a penalty killing machine tonight and created numerous takeaways tonight that lead to extended possession for the team. Tom Pyatt with a goal and 2 assists and 4 shots, yeah all in all a great game overall for the team.
  • Nobody cares about the goalie streamables, but Mazanec had himself the first bonafide impressive performance since joining the Comets. Stopped NUMEROUS odd man rush chances against and ended the night saving 25 of 26 shots.
  • As much as I gush about how solid this game was to watch, I hope JB and Ryan Johnson watching this game didn’t come away with it thinking, “we have to resign these AHL vets to another year” I think Jasek, Gadj, Lind and Gaunce showed that they can eat big minutes in big roles and produce…they just need some faith from the coach to be given those roles. They’re playing great together.
  • Reid Boucher is a great AHL scorer, no doubt. But what no one talks about is his playmaking…on the powerplay he is as good a quarterback as the Comets best D, as he has probably the best cross-ice passes of anyone (see the Pyatt whiff streamable) he set up Gadjovich and Jasek numerous times over trying shots for himself…so unselfishly he was helping his young guys create offense…and because his shot is so deadly at this level of play, he’s like Pettersson where you HAVE to cover him otherwise he can just make your goalie look stupid with the speed of his shot. Would HOPE they re-sign him to at least a two way contract so that he could get a look on the Canucks crap-ass powerplay because having more than JUST 2 guys who can rifle lasers on net would be great.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Reid Boucher
  • Lukas Jasek
  • Tom Pyatt

HM: Jonah Gadjovich, Wacey Hamilton, Marek Mazanec, basically the entire team

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets come back tomorrow for an away game against the Hershey Bears. Da Bears sit locked in 3rd place in the AHL’s Atlantic division, and given how close they are to playoffs, I’m not really too sure if they’ll even ice their main AHL roster so the Comets COULD have another impressive outing, especially if Jim Benning is sticking around for the weekend to see how they do.

 

Big oof too btw, the Providence Bruins lost to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, so couple that with the Penguins brutal loss tonight and they are officially out of the Calder hunt. RIP

 

Anyways this Farmies felt so refreshing to write and cover, I hope you all enjoyed the game as much as I did..tehre was a fuckload to unpack from this one but oh boy was it all good stuff! I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for the Farmies 2nd last issue of the season!

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