2/14/2020 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Good evening Canucks Nation, it’s time for another edition of the Comets Harvest!

I missed out on last Wednesday’s game against the Laval Rocket as my sister took out a small personal loan leveraged against everything she owns, and purchased lower bowl seats to the Sedins jersey retirement game for us to go and see live!

The last time I recapped a game, they played against the Syracuse Crunch! Tonight, they face off against the Syracuse Crunch!

Instead of mashing the ole CTRL C and V, I’m going to augment what I said last time!

The Utica Comets return home hit the road for a crucial pretty important, intra-divisional match-up against rivals, Syracuse Crunch, after a disappointing neat four-game two-game “road trip” around the North Division win-streak that saw them pick up a single win. win their first home game since January 18th.

Coming into Wednesday’s matchup against the Rocket, the Comets were on an incredible streak of 292-minutes without having held the lead in a hockey game. A stretch that dates back to their February 1st matchup against the Cleveland Monsters, where they led for the opening six minutes. The streak was ended 36 seconds into the third period by Reid Boucher with what would end up being the game-winning goal.

At the risk of jinxing this team that has had a run of unlucky injuries plague them this past week — Francis Perron took a puck to the head during Wednesday’s warm-up, forcing him out of action in that game and tonight’s as well.

Because Micheal Ferland is set to make his Comets debut tonight, I’m just going to get into tonight’s starting lineup and crossing all fingers and toes that the team comes away unscathed!

 

THE STARTING LINEUP

LW C RW
Ferland (#79) Jasek (#9) Baertschi (#47)
Goldobin (#77) Lind (#13) Boucher (#24)
Gadjovich (#21) Camper (#19) Pope (#11)
Stevenson (#26) Stevens (#16) Bancks (#34)

 

LD RD
Chatfield (#5) Juolevi (#48)
Blujus (#8) Rafferty (#25)
LeBlanc (#3) Eliot (#52)
G
Michael Di Pietro

 

INJURY REPORT
Wacey Hamilton (foot) Vincent Arseneau (done for the season) Ashton Sautner (arm) Francis Perron (undisclosed)

 

Healthy Scratches
Seamus Malone

 

Richard Bachman removed from the scratch-list as he was loaned out to the SHL due to a lack of available playing time with the Comets. By all accounts, Bachman was a great locker-room presence for the team, and I’m sure he’ll be missed. Di Pietro makes his fourth straight starts, so it’s quite clear the coaching staff are much more inclined to give MDP the reps, for better or for worse. Godspeed to him on his SHL journey.

 

1st period

 

Comets in the White/Green alternates

 

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

 

Comets outshot 17 to 6.

Comically pathetic period of hockey from the Comets, who aren’t really missing any major players from their lineup. Poor Di Pietro once again getting hung out to dry by this team, which allows a never-ending stream of shot-attempts. Ferland was okay in his few shifts, took a few bumps on his zone-entries but nothing major.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-0 Syracuse

 

You don’t score goals from here!

Not a single shot on goal from below the dots?

How can any team be expected to remain competitive throughout, if they can’t even get towards the net?

Sorry, there isn’t much from that period, but the Comets genuinely aren’t doing anything worth noting besides getting caved in by shot-attempts from Syracuse.

Unless you guys want a relentless stream of footage confirming that the Comets suck ass

 

3rd period

 

Final Score: 3-2 Syracuse Crunch

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st SYR Ben Thomas Otto Somppi 5v5
2nd SYR Gemel Smith Taylor Raddysh Ross Colton PPG
3rd UTI Nikolay Goldobin Lukas Jasek Carter Camper 5v5
3rd UTI Reid Boucher 5v5
3rd SYR Taylor Raddysh Boris Katchouk Ben Thomas 5v5

Takeaways

  • Comets rally back from a pathetic 33 to 13 shot differential to a 42 to 21 shot differential!
  • The goals from Goldobin and Boucher show that this team is one perfect shooting lane away from changing the complexity of the game, no matter how badly they’re getting embarrassed on the ice.
  • No point in getting into the individual players, because everyone was awful except for Michael Di Pietro, who did his very best to keep the Comets in it
  • Di Pietro has faced 141 shots in his last four starts for the Comets, roughly 30 or more per game, for an average save percentage of 0.900 and an average goals-against-average of 3.42. He had a pretty underwhelming start to January, but his past six starts have been nothing short of incredible for this team. They likely are pointless in three of their last four without him in the net. Still has much to work on before even being considered as a backup option for the Canucks, but he’s had a solid debut season.
  • Lind has just TWO ASSISTS since I wrote about him for Pass it to Bulis.
  • Rafferty has remained off the scoresheet in his last five games. Three since I wrote about him for Pass it to Bulis
  • Also, I totally jinxed Ferland too in my pre-amble…
  • Is the Farmies curse a real thing?
  • The Syracuse Crunch’s win-streak improves to four wins and one shootout loss in their past five games played. Comets still have a decent six-point lead on Syracuse, who now tie the Toronto Marlies in points, but performances like this won’t lead to them staying at the top of the heap for too long. Time for their former AHL defenceman coach to sort this shit out.
  • Can we get an F in the chat for Micheal Ferland? Had a decent first shift, and that was all she wrote. It might be time for him to thinking about his long-term health at this point.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Michael Di Pietro
  • Michael Di Pietro
  • Michael Di Pietro

 

The Comets Trajectory?

The Comets return for a Sunday matinee when they take on the Rochester Americans. The Amerks sit just one point below the Comets in the standings but are fortunately riding a four-game losing streak. Comets must win this matchup to avoid a downward spiral into irrelevance.

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