12/10/19 – Utica Comets vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Good Evening Canucks Nation, sorry for the delay on this one. Full disclosure, family is going through some really bad stuff at the moment, so this won’t be as “wordy” as my usual stuff.

 

Tonight’s action is the second meeting of the season between the Comets and the Sound Tigers The two’s first encounter began the Comets current three-in-four weekend. Hopefully, the Comets could do a much better job at controlling even-strength shot-attempts.

Helping them in that department is the return of Zack MacEwen and Nikolay Goldobin to the starting lineup. The twos addition to the starting lineup means the Comets are rolling, perhaps the deepest forward group we’ve seen them deploy this season.

If you need more clips, follow Daniel Gee scouting on twitter, or Chris Faber of Canuck Convo, and last but surely not least, Cory Hergott, from CanucksArmy.com. All three have done a fantastic job posting clips of the Comets this season and may have caught some of the action I may have missed.

Thanks for understanding,

 

 

THE STARTING LINEUP

LW C RW
Baertschi (#47) Malone (#17) Boucher (#24)
MacEwen (#15) Camper (#19) Goldobin (#77)
Bailey (#95) Jasek (#9) Lind (#13)
Gadjovich (#21) Bancks (#34) Perron (#27)
LD RD
Juolevi (#48) Sautner (#6)
Brisebois (#55) Rafferty (#25)
Teves (#4) LeBlanc (#3)
G
Zane McIntyre

 

Missing a whole lot of grit/60 from the starting lineup with that influx of skill.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

Injury Report
Wacey Hamilton (faceeeeeee) Dylan Blujus (undisclosed)

 

Healthy Scratches
Richard Bachman David Pope Vincent Arseneau Dyson Stevenson Mitch Eliot Tanner Sorenson

 

1st period

 

Comets in Blue

 

The score at the end of the 1st period: 1-0 Comets

 

Comets with a very solid twenty minutes of play as they go on to outshoot the Sound Tigers fourteen to seven. A near inverse of the two’s last meeting, where the Comets struggled to string together a pass in the offensive zone, let alone multiple stints of sustained pressure. They are still playing a little too lackadaisical on the defensive side. I can only assume this lax defending has been exacerbated by the Comets feeling dominant for the first time in a while. The last time the Comets controlled even-strength shot-attempts was back on December 1st in the second period against the Toronto Marlies. Understandable, they’d be a lil’ excited, haha.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-2 Sound Tigers

 

A high event period for both the Comets and the Sound Tigers, as both McIntyre and Coreau faced down a relentless stream of shot-attempts from each’s respective team. Unfortunately for McIntyre, the Comets defensive lapses this past period were much more frequent and flagrant. Comets still relentless in their pursuit of offense; Sound Tigers defense has (had) just been way tighter. Comets need to show the same speed they had in the first period in order to capitalize on their opportunities. Ironically, the Sound Tigers are second-worst in league with 90 goals-against.

 

3rd period

 

 

Final Score: 6-3 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st UTI Justin Bailey Sven Baertschi Kole Lind ppg
2nd BRI Kieffer Bellows Colin McDonald Matt Lorito 5v5
2nd UTI Kole Lind Reid Boucher Brogan Rafferty ppg
2nd BRI Jeff Kubiak Ryan Bourque Parker Wotherspoon 5v5
2nd BRI Nick Schilkey Otto Koivula Tom Kuhnackl 5v5
3rd UTI Nikolay Goldobin Zack MacEwen 4v4
3rd UTI Lukas Jasek Brogan Rafferty Guillaume Brisebois 5v5
3rd UTI Kole Lind Sven Baertschi Brogan Rafferty ppg
3rd UTI Brogan Rafferty Reid Boucher Lukas Jasek 5v5

 

Takeaways

 

  • Defensively, the Comets still leaves a lot to be desired as they still managed to give up three even-strength goals to the worst team in the Atlantic Division. Nine even-strength goals if you count their last matchup this past Friday
  • That’s bad!
  • The Comets despite this managed to score four unanswered in the third period after giving up a lead in the second
  • That’s good!
  • Brogan Rafferty’s four-point night puts him second amongst AHL defenceman scoring, and fifth amongst AHL rookie scoring
  • That’s good!
  • The Comets got outshot at even strength by a total of 28 to 25 and only controlled the game at even-strength in the first period
  • That’s bad!
  • Zane McIntyre posted his second straight .900+ save percentage after having not done so since November 6th and 15th this season
  • That’s good!
  • Ya boi has to somehow track the stats on this game before reviewing tomorrows and Saturdays games, before tracking those games stats, ALL WHILE preparing for a work Christmas party and miscellaneous family concerns
  • That’s bad…
  • Can I go now?

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Brogan Rafferty
  • Kole Lind
  • Lukas Jasek

 

The Comets Trajectory?

 

The Cmets wed 11 Marlies

^ this was the one thing I got written before being unable to review this game yesterday. I kinda like it. Brief and to the point

 

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