2/1/2020 – Utica Comets vs. Cleveland Monsters

Well, I ended up passing out pretty early and accomplished none of the tracking catch-up I’d hoped too, FML.

Fortunately, I’m well-rested and ready for this morning’s Comets/Monsters rematch!

Not much has changed in the 16 hours since these two teams last met, and it looks like the starting lineup has no changes to it, so let’s just get right into it!

 

THE STARTING LINEUP

LW C RW
Baertschi (#47) Jasek (#9) Goldobin (#77)
Perron (#27) Camper (#19) Lind (#13)
Malone (#17) Stevens (#16) Pope (#11)
Sorenson (#74) Bancks (#34) LeBlanc (#3)

 

LD RD
Sautner (#6) Rafferty (#25)
Juolevi (#48) Chatfield (#5)
Brisebois (#55) Blujus (#8)
G
Zane McIntyre

 

INJURY REPORT
Wacey Hamilton (foot) Vincent Arseneau (concussion) Dyson Stevenson (ankle) Reid Boucher (hip) Jonah Gadjovich (undisclosed)

 

Healthy Scratches
Richard Bachman Josh Teves Mitch Eliot

 

1st period

 

Comets in White

 

The score at the end of the 1st period: 2-1 Monsters

 

The game started promising for the Comets, but oh boy, the Monsters are just dominating the Comets at 5-on-5. Complete shooting gallery in the Comets end today, while the Comets patient and calculated approach at 5-on-5 is getting them nowhere in Cleveland’s end. Shots favour the Monsters thirteen to eight.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Jasek’s even-strength goal makes the third period a bit more interesting, but the Comets are really struggling with the speed and size of the Cleveland Monsters today — Forwards look completely disengaged on their backchecking, and the D are getting beat on the outside ad nauseam. Comets outshot the Monsters nine to six but go 0/2 on the powerplay, and 0/1 on the PK. Comets will start the period with 1:41 of 5-on-4, a great opportunity for them to tie the game early.

 

3rd period

 

 

Final Score: 3-2 Cleveland Monsters

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st UTI David Pope Carter Camper Olli Juolevi PPG
1st CLE Calvin Thurkauf Paul Bittner Anton Karlsson SH
1st CLE Stefan Matteau Adam Clendening Kevin Stenlund PPG
2nd CLE Trey Fix-Wolansky Marko Dano Stefan Matteau PPG
2nd UTI Lukas Jasek Jalen Chatfield Nikolay Goldobin 5v5

 

Takeaways

 

  • The lack of physicality from this Comets team without Stevenson, Gadjovich, Arseneau, Hamilton, and even Boucher is quite apparent. Comets were getting pushed and hit over and over with zero response from the team. Obviously playing physical and laying hits isn’t the reason they lost, but it’s a big part when literally 12 forwards cannot out-muscle their opponents to get to the net. Peep the shot map 50% of the Comets 28 shots on goal were weak attempts from the point, but when they managed to get to the slot, they scored on 25% of their shots (2/8). Not sure if it was exhaustion, simply physically outmatched, or a lack of drive, but a Comets team without long-range firepower HAS to have the will to crash the net and fight for rebounds, otherwise, they’re going to get killed down the stretch.
  • After last night’s game where I was concerned with the play of Brogan Rafferty, he came back with a pretty decent, albeit, unnoticeable game today. Love his ability to transition the puck on his own with his skating. The Monsters were all over the Comets tonight to prevent there skating game from flourishing, but when afforded the time and space to move, Rafferty looked great doing so.
  • Comets defencemen have noticeably regressed to their November-style tactics of getting repeatedly caught up in the offensive zone. The number of odd-man rushes given up due to this tendency to pinch high without puck-control is too damn high!
  • Olli Juolevi had an OK game, relative to his teammates and his game last night. He had quite a few giveaway gaffes early, but that one streamable of his speedy backcheck was a massive relief to see. Clearly, there are still kinks he’s sorting out with his knee/hip problems, but this weekend was a good sign of forward progress, all things considered
  • I think I jinxed Jalen Chatfield last night when I said he had a good game because he was all over the place today. His coverage on some of those Cleveland rushes were near-disastrous, and his overcommitment on offensive zone pinches was easily the worst amongst defenders. For a guy with nine assists in his last 70 games, you’d think he’d stick to his strengths as a speedy, physical, defensive defensemen because the offensive contribution side of his game kept putting the Comets at a disadvantage. Maybe if the Comets forwards actually tried backchecking for once, maybe his aggression would pay off, but there is just way too much standing around for Chatfield’s style to be effective.
  • The one-timer option: I cannot believe how sad the Comets one-timers looked tonight. Do they really not drill or practice their one-timer attempts? Is Reid Boucher the only player allowed to attempt one-timers? I suppose it doesn’t matter because the forwards, in general, had a rough weekend. But holy moly, if Boucher is out for a while, and if MacEwen/Bailey are up with the Canucks for an extended period of time, then they really need to find a one-timer option, and quick.
  • I was pretty critical of Zane McIntyre’s first two goals allowed in the opening period, but he was clutch through the final two periods. Facing down odd-man rushes isn’t easy, repeated east-west movement isn’t easy, but he persevered and stopped the Monsters final 13 of 14 shots to at least give his struggling forward group a chance to tie things up.
  • Nikolay Goldobin looked pretty checked out in today’s game. So much so that I have to wonder if the MacEwen/Bailey dual-call-up is playing into his mental. He got two goals last night but looked indifferent through much of today’s 60-minute affair.
  • Adam Clendening registered ten shots against the Comets over the weekend double-header, lol

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Olli Juolevi
  • Lukas Jasek
  • Zane McIntyre

 

The Comets Trajectory?

The Comets return Wednesday for a roadie against the Laval Rocket! I haven’t recapped a mid-week game in quite some time, so I’m sure it’ll be a disaster! 😀

1/31/2020 – Utica Comets vs. Cleveland Monsters

IT ME!

I cannot believe how long it’s been since I last recapped a Comets game!

After a decent trip to Maui with family, in which I got the flu, crashed my rental car, and then no got sun for the final six days of the trip — I then had to go cross-country to the ice-cold tundra of Montreal, for work.

All told, I missed an entire month’s worth of game recaps — so, for that, my dear readers, I apologize.

The real apology goes out to my darling wife, who has been an absolute trooper since my return from Montreal. Why? Because I’ve done nothing with my free time but attempt to catch up on a month’s worth of shot-attempt data.

Now that the AHL’s All-Star break is over, the AHL schedule has resumed to normal, so my work-load of five games will bump up to seven games after this weekend! But it’s all necessary to further my work for the Harvest, and my newest venture as an associate freelancer for Passittobulis and his new spot at Vancouverisawesome.com!

 

January has been a weird one for the Comets. Despite outshooting their opponents (raw shots only, not attempts) in seven of their eleven games this past month, the Comets have a less than stellar record of five wins and seven losses.

A stretch that has seen players like Justin Bailey record three hat-tricks in four games played, and players such as Nikolay Goldobin, Brogan Rafferty, and Kole Lind step into the top-15 of AHL scoring.

Alas, there’s something off with this club.

The team still sits 2nd in goals-for and goals-for per-game, and despite not having all of the data yet, look to have put in significant work to improve their 5-on-5 shot output relative to their opponents.

However, the goaltending tandem of McIntyre and Di Pietro, are no longer posting save-percentages above 0.950, like they were to start the season.

In fact, the Comets save percentage has been on a steady overall decline since the season began.

McIntyre’s numbers have been freefalling, to the point where he’s now sitting with his worst regular-season AHL save-percentage and goals-against-average of his career.

Di Pietro has done admirably in his rookie season, but the rigours of the AHL appear to be taking their toll, as Di Pietro’s numbers have slowly seen him fall out of the top 20 of AHL goaltending.

He’s still top-5 in AHL rookie goaltending, so relax, I’m not trying to go in on him. I am merely pointing out that the Comets goaltending having a rough month has been a factor in the Comets spotty January record.

Another issue plaguing this team in 2020 appears to be related to their discipline or lack thereof. Through the first 34 games of the season, the Comets picked up 185 total infractions (including coincidental minors, majors and misconducts), in their past twelve games, the Comets have picked up an additional 70! The Comets now sit second in the Eastern Conference of the AHL for number of times spent short-handed.

The Comets special teams haven’t been able to keep up with this increased lack of discipline either. After once having a penalty-killing percentage top-three in the Eastern Conference, the Comets PK has dropped to the sixth-worst in the East. After giving up 26 powerplay goals through their first 34 games, the Comets have given up eleven in their past twelve in 2020; nearly one powerplay goal given up every single game this year.

In sumrary, it’s been a weird month, with some positives but some concerning negatives. Hopefully, the Comets can close out January with a win that ends their current four-game losing streak, thereby re-establishing themselves as one of the teams to beat in the AHL’s North Division.

The Canucks are currently dealing with the major-injury to Tyler Motte and the uncertainty of how Jay Beagle’s arm is holding up. Because of that, the team elected to call up Justin Bailey and Zack MacEwen for a shot in the Canucks bottom-six.

Zack MacEwen has generally been a non-factor for the Comets this season. Chalk it up to the constant yo-yo-ing between the two clubs, while not having a set-role with the Comets. Defensively, MacEwen has improved his positioning and work to suppress shot-attempts by opposing squads while on the ice. But his speed appears not to be what it was last season. I’ve yet to see one of those incredible backchecking efforts like we often saw last season, the kind that left the Canucks brass with no choice but to give him a look. Nonetheless, his work last season put him on the Canucks radar as a valuable call-up option, and they’ve rewarded with some healthy looks this season. Fingers crossed he can find a way to contribute some offence in a limited role.

Bailey, on the other hand, is a first time Canucks call-up, and he has been dynamite for the Comets second line as a speedy winger who can transition the puck up ice while providing significant firepower from the slot.

Although a bit streaky, Bailey’s three hat-tricks in four-games in early January couldn’t have come at a better time, as a visiting GMJB liked what we saw and couldn’t deny the guy his chance with the club.

Bailey had seen great success with Kole Lind as of late, and it’s great to see that the Canucks find themselves in a position to call-up player’s as a reward for their efforts. Although historically, Bailey hasn’t put it together in the NHL, it is hard to deny that his speed wouldn’t be a massive punch-up to the Canucks fourth-line. Maybe he can make it happen, I mean, Victor Olofsson is older than Bailey? So who knows! Late bloomers are a thing! Right?!

 

Tonight’s opponent are the North Divisions last-place team, the Cleveland Monsters. The monsters are in the midst of a similar rough January as the Comets, having won just three games in their last ten. The Monsters have the worst powerplay percentage in the division, but incredibly, the divisions best penalty kill! Normally, I’d say here that “the Comets would do best to stay out of the box in this one,” but I think they’ll be fine now that I’ve seen this stat, haha.

 

With all that catch-up out of the way, let’s take a look at tonight’s starting lineup!

 

THE STARTING LINEUP

 

LW C RW
Baertschi (#47) Jasek (#9) Goldobin (#77)
Perron (#27) Camper (#19) Lind (#13)
Malone (#17) Stevens (#16) Pope (#11)
Sorenson (#74) Bancks (#34) LeBlanc (#3)

 

LD RD
Sautner (#6) Rafferty (#25)
Juolevi (#48) Chatfield (#5)
Brisebois (#55) Blujus (#8)
G
Michael Di Pietro

 

INJURY REPORT
Wacey Hamilton (foot) Vincent Arseneau (concussion) Dyson Stevenson (ankle) Reid Boucher (hip) Jonah Gadjovich (undisclosed)

 

Lot of injuries since I’ve been away! Dylan Blujus got tied up with a player on a penalty kill and took a powerplay blast right to the chest that bruised a rib. Brutal. Brisebois had a broken finger-tip, Vinny Arseneau in concussion protocol after picking a fight with Mason Geertsen, and the teams de facto number one center during the injury wake, Wacey Hamilton, with a broken foot stemming from a blocked shot. Lot of size, and key penalty killers out of the Comets daily rotation, which no doubt has played into the Comets struggling penalty-kill. Hopefully, the returns of Blujus and Brisebois to the active roster will result in some better penalty-killing, should the team’s discipline fail them again.

 

Healthy Scratches
Richard Bachman Josh Teves Mitch Eliot

 

The bright side of these injuries is Carter Camper not getting shafted as a veteran scratch.

Stefan LeBlanc continues his run as the 12th Comets forward. This season, LeBlanc has done a great job playing off-role for the Comets. I’m sure this isn’t how he was hoping his sophomore season with the Comets to go, but it’s a crowded list of Canuck-signed D-men to earn playing time over.

 

1st period

 

Comets in White

 

 

The score at the end of the 1st period: 2-0 Comets

 

Couple blunders here and there that gave the Monsters some dangerous offensive drives, but overall, the Comets did well during the opening twenty for this one. Cleveland closes the first period leading in shots on goal with eight to the Comets seven.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Period was a snooze right up until the Rafferty and Blujus penalties when things got interesting. A gutsy penalty-killing effort from the Comets penalty killers, with special commendation to Olli Juolevi for showing zero regard for his body on multiple PK shifts. The latter half of the period was rough for the Comets, as they struggled mightily to hold the Monsters out of their end. This period certainly did not do the Comets any favours in regards to their on-ice shot-attempt metrics. MDP with a solid night so far to keep the Comets in the game. That save on Dano denied the Monsters a significant momentum building event. Comets incredibly registered six shots on goal to the Monsters nine. Shot-attempts are a completely different story, however, haha.

 

3rd period

 

 

Final Score: 3-0 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st UTI Carter Bancks Tanner Sorenson 5v5
1st UTI Nikolay Goldobin Lukas Jasek Ashton Sautner 5v5
3rd UTI Nikolay Goldobin Kole Lind Brogan Rafferty PPG

 

Takeaways

 

  • Apparently, Jonah Gadjovich picked up an injury during the team’s morning skate. I have to say that it’s getting rather concerning how injury-prone Gadjovich is. His crash-bang style around the net certainly doesn’t help either. His injury tonight puts him at 29 man-games lost due to injury out of 123 games available to be played in over the last two seasons. 23% of the games he could’ve played in, he was out with injury.
  • Clips like this really make me wonder if Rafferty’s unforced errors are due to depth-perception issues stemming from his whole “blindness in one eye” thing. Mistakes like this are permissible at the AHL level when you’re managing to lead all AHL defensemen in points. Before this market goes nuts over how he’s a “sure-fire NHL defender,” I just thought I’d posit the following question. How would Travis Green react to a defenceman who occasionally passes to the opposing team, drop passes to nobody, or takes high-sticking penalties because his depth perception throws off his ability to stick-lift on backchecks? Food for thought really, I still love his skating and puck movement. But given how often we hear about, Travis Green not trusting Troy Stecher, it’s hard to envision him trusting someone who makes as many unforced errors through no fault of his hockey IQ., but due to physical limitations.
  • Pretty quiet night for most of the Comets. Standout games came from the defencemen and Di Pietro. The forward groups appeared to be struggling with chemistry through much of the affair at 5-on-5.
  • Jalen Chatfield had an excellent game. Liked his physicality, puck movement, and positioning throughout the night. I think he’s had a solid run since returning from the Canucks, even though the shot-attempt metrics do not paint that kind of picture of him whatsoever. Decent night, he and Juolevi have looked solid together as a pairing.
  • Speaking of OJ48, this kid’s a warrior. There are still massive concerns with his skating and pivoting ability. This deep into the season, I was hoping for some kind of marked improvement, but it’s just not there yet. That shouldn’t take away from the fact that he had a good game against Cleveland tonight, and was literally the difference-maker during the Comets penalty kills tonight
  • A lot of invisibility from the Comets forward groups, but I cannot fault them. New lines, awkward chemistry, late changes to the starting lineup, it’s a miracle they came out of this matchup with two points.
  • Michael Di Pietro was huge for the Comets tonight. First star and first AHL shutout. He was saved pretty hard by that baffling no-goal call from the ref’s, but regardless, he was huge for the Comets tonight — really impressive performance from him after a month of pretty “meh” showings.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Michael Di Pietro
  • Nikolay Goldobin
  • Olli Juolevi

 

The Comets Trajectory?

The Comets return tomorrow at 10 AM for the rematch against the Monsters! I hope to be up early tomorrow to recap, but I might opt to stay up until 4 AM tonight to catch up on stats tracking — so no promises folks!

1/25/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

Oh man the Farmies are back!!!! Yay!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how long this week has felt, I’ve absolutely been ITCHING to write about the farm, and let me tell you a lot has happened since we last caught up with our rookies, young guns and family down on the Farm!

Tanner Kero returns from his brief call-up stint with the big boys club, where he was kept on the bench in the event Horvat too was unable to slide into the lineup.

Sliding into tonight’s lineup also is Luke Schenn, who FINALLY makes his debut after being held up by the eastern storm front that also caused last Saturdays game to be moved to an afternoon start due to how brutal the winter weather was.

We’re also seeing the return of Jalen Chatfield, who’s been out with a broken foot since November 17th, and certainly, the team he is returning to tonight is radically different than the one he was playing for back on the 17th…Since Chatfield went down with injury, we’ve seen the losses of Carcone, Archibald, Bachman, Juolevi and Sautner… his return is a welcome relief to the Comets blue line who’ve depended heavily on the admirable play from ECHL call-ups such as Jagger Dirk, Colton Saucerman and Cliff Watson (as of late).

Interesting to note, that in the wake of the Comets now having a higher than average number of Veterans, the team is now going to have to make nightly roster decisions to choose their designated 5 veteran players for each night. With that being said, let’s take a look at tonight’s lineup and get into this last game before the AHL and NHL All-Star Break.

 

quick note: Colton Saucerman appears to be working the mic with Joe Roberts tonight…not sure if that’s to keep him working for the Comets in any capacity while the D situation sorts itself out with the veteran maximum and IR returnees…not a lot of space for the PTO but obviously the Comets Team loves the guy.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Jasek Gaudette Bancks
Arseneau Hamilton Lind
LD RD
Schenn Brisebois
McEneny Blujus
Chatfield Watson
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Sliding out of the lineup due to veteran restrictions is Jaime Sifers. Sifers although a bit on the slower side, has been a key component to Uticas 2nd PK unit and is one of the few who actually have a hard hitting game, so it’ll be interesting to see how Schenn fills that void.

Also sliding out are MacMaster and Gadjovich. Gadj has played quite impressively as of late (at least in my eyes) so his benching seems kind of unfair to me…but with healthy bodies coming back into the lineup, he’s

Also I’m really not a fan of that Chatfield/Watson pairing…Watson has looked slow and completely out of his depth while with the Comets, so sticking him with a guy who’s returning off a huge layoff with a FOOT injury no less seems like a disaster waiting to happen…Would’ve preferred Saucerman because he’s much more capable in his own end

 

Benched
Darcy Gadjovich MacMaster Saucerman Sautner Sifers Woods
1 1 1 1 1 1 1

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Graham Juolevi Sautner
Out for the Season undisclosed Out for the season His fucking faaaaaaaaaaace

 

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: 0-0

 

Damn there was a LOT of chances from both teams in this first period, a lot of creative passing from Utica this period on their odd-man rushes to try and confuse the Amurks tendy but he’s playing solid, as is Kulbakov. Comets 0 for 1 on the powerplay but still manage to outshoot the Amurks 16 to 11 that period.

 

2nd Period

 

I don’t think he can say Sauce so he just calls me Santa, so that’s what he calls me, Santa, I don’t know if he can say Sauce or not”

 

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

 

A bit of a rougher half of the period for the Comets, after leading the Amurks in shots 9-1 they give up 19 straight shots against. Fortunately Ivan Kulbakov has been playing great tonight…good vision of pucks and good sense on when to step out to play the puck, bailing his team out pretty hard in that second half. Comets will start the 3rd with a minute left on the powerplay and maintaining the lead off Boucher’s 18th goal of the year.

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 2-2 Tie

 

After a tightly contested 3rd period where the Comets see their lead lost, regained and then lost again…they’re just leaving Kulbakov out to dry here tonight, with the team generally having very little success with their zone entries. They DID manage to keep up with Rochesters shots on goal and did find the back of the net once, but man their shots on goal just haven’t been of the same caliber that Rochester has been pumping out. Will be unfortunate if the Comets lose this one in overtime as Kulbakov has been absolutely lights out tonight despite the 2 goals against

 

Overtime Period

 

The Score at the end of the regulation: 2-2 Tie

 

After 65 minutes of regulation time, we head to the shootout to settle this one…Kulbakov with an astonishing 51 save performance. If they lose here I really don’t think the record will do justice to the game Kulbakov has had tonight…absolute brickwall in overtime while his team tripped over their own feet for the bulk of the time and only managing 2 shots (Gaudettes breakaway and MacEwens slapper). Hopefully some of Kulbys teammates can at the very least score in the shootout for him cause he definitely earned the two points for his team

 

 

Final Score: 3-2 Rochester Americans via the shootout

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Utica Reid Boucher Tanner Kero 5v5
3rd Rochester Danny O’Regan Brandon Hickey 5v5
3rd Utica Reid Boucher Tanner Kero 5v5
3rd Rochester Matt Tennyson C.J. Smith Victor Olofsson 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • Oh man I don’t even know where to begin, the team looked good in the first, but once again they crumble after generating a tonne of sustained pressure for themselves and look lost afterwards. I feel truly awful for Kulbakov cause man he absolutely kept his team in this throughout the entire game, and all he needed was his coach to play someone who can actually score in the clutch moment of the shootout…but he instead picks their captain…despite the fact he can’t score for shit instead of you know…Zack MacEwen who’s having a breakout year as a goalscorer…or Tanner Kero who’s been absolutely lights out at center driving to the net and scoring….or even Kole Lind who’s looked his most dangerous on breakaways to the net… good call dude lol
  • Luke Schenn with an impressive game in his debut for the Comets…lot of plays broken up, big body that actually uses it, broke up a tonne of plays on his own, and while he looked good with Brisebois, I can’t help but think that Schenn looks like he should be playing in the NHL instead of the AHL… I feel like his level of play elevated Brisebois….or by that same token, Schenn’s ability made up for Brisebois mistakes and shortcomings, because Schenn was everywhere on the ice tonight and looked solid in both the offensive and defensive zones
  • Glad to see Boucher get that monkey off his back… two goals from ridiculous angles that were just absolute snipes…hopefully he picks up where he left off before the drought began and stops overthinking his shot. Guy got 9 shots on net tonight which is the kind of number he was putting up before the drought began on a regular basis
  • Solid games from Gaudette, MacEwen and Arseneau as well. I don’t think anyone had an outright BAD night, just looked like the team in general looked a little tired after that sustained brutality in the second and just struggled to find their timing as a group to get anything going.
  • Negativity aside, the Comets end their January with a pretty stellar 6-2-1-1 record. With guys like Chatfield and Ashton Sautner returning to the lineup over this all-star break, we could be seeing some more changes to this lineup in the coming weeks as they fine tune things leading up to the final stretch before the Calder Cup playoffs.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Kulbakov
  2. Reid Boucher
  3. Tanner Kero

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets take another break until February 1st where they visit the Syracuse Crunch in a battle to secure 2nd place in the North Division. With tonight’s shootout loss, the Comets secured themselves 51 points, and are only edge by Syracuse by virtue of games in hand. The Crunch are on a 4 game winning streak and are crusiing through the North Division with a 63.8% points earned percentage and lead the league with the lowest goals against in the entire league. The team will have to come back from this allstar break well rested and prepared if they want to try and secure themselves that top 3 position for the Calder Playoffs

 

 

Anyways that’s it for the Farmies for this week, I’ll see you all next Friday for another recap and review. As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/19/19 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators

THE FARMIES

 

Cheers folks, Farmies coming at you hot and heavy with the double header action this weekend! Tonight should be a doozy, the Comets are streaking hard and look to extend their January record to 8-1-1-0 today against the Belleville Senators.

Quick note: I’m probably going to call them the Binghamton Senators, the Belleville Devils etc… those bloody back to back B’s are gonna bust my balls

 

Back to reality! The Comets are currently losing the head-to-head season record (1w-1l-0-1soL), but the scoring line is close having been outscored 10-9 across those 3 contests. The Comets have been lights out at home this January and against this slumping Senators team I expect nothing different than their past couple of efforts at home. We’ve been getting absolutely great games from our Rookies who’ve really started to come into their own in this latter half of the season, and I’m excited to see them carry that momentum into today’s game!

 

Looks like recent PTO pick up Michael Leighton will be making his debut for the Comets today as well which will come as a welcome relief to starter Ivan Kulbakov who’s been absolutely lights out in this January stretch but I doubt he wants to do another double header weekend again. With all that lets get into todays afternoon matchup!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Gaudette Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Bancks Darcy Lind
Gadjovich Woods MacMaster
LD RD
Brisebois Blujus
McEneny Sifers
Graham Saucerman
G
Michael Leighton

 

Looks like the only changes since yesterday are MacMaster and Gadjovich switching wings…I’m pretty sure they were playing this way last game, so that might’ve just been a typo on my part.

 

Benched
Watson
3

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bachman Chatfield Hamilton Jasek Juolevi Sautner
Undisclosed Out for the Season foot Undisclosed Sick Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee

 

No changes since last night.

 

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 a green/black alternate tonight

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 2-2 Tie

 

Period kind of got away from the Comets there for the second half of the first…looked to have struggled to find any meaningful offense in the Senators zone. Pretty bad penalty from Dahlen that lost the lead for the Comets, but it appeared to be a pretty soft call so I don’t think he’ll face any kind of “poor performance benching’s” from Cull. They definitely need to shore their game up though for the second to avoid letting this game get away from them

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-2 Belleville

 

Forgettable period of hockey, Comets looked lethargic, lazy and just looked like they had nothing in the tank to even attempt sustained pressure in the Senators zone… outshot 11 to 6 in the second, 21 to 15 so far. Not sure if the team playing right now has enough in the tank to try and overcome this 2 goal deficit…they certainly showed nothing in the 2nd period that warranted positive feelings haha

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-2 Belleville Senators

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Evan McEneny Adam Gaudette Reid Boucher PPG
1st Utica Zack MacEwen 5v5
1st Belleville Morgan Klimchuk Drake Batherson Stuart Percy 5v5
1st Belleville Morgan Kilmchuk Drake Batherson Stefan Elliott PPG
2nd Belleville Darren Archibald Chase Blisy Adam Tambellini 5v5
2nd Belleville Cody Goloubef Jack Rodewald Darren Archibald PPG
3rd Belleville Max McCormick Jack Rodewald EN

 

Takeaways

  • Well ya cant win em all, and despited a 2 goal lead early today, the Comets just didn’t have anything in the tank to prevent the Senators momentum. Decent games from all, but hard to say anyone stood out due to the exhaustion that clearly affected this team from the get-go.
  • Hard to really evaluate our rookies and players overall for this one because it genuinely seemed like this team was just fighting fatigue more than anything. Just didn’t have the energy for sustained pressure…that 2nd and 3rd period were a slog to watch as they just didn’t get anything substantial going. Didn’t seem like they even remotely had a chance to regain the lead or even tie the game.
  • That being said, the Sens were coming off a back-to-back against the Syracuse Crunch coming into today’s game, so can’t just write it off due to exhaustion because the Sens could also make that excuse, but they showed up big and rattled off 5 unanswered goals straight to put this one away…so conditioning needs to be worked on from our team given that the back half of this schedule is a lot more 3 games in 4 nights, including two triple-headers to end their season in April.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Evan McEneny
  2. Zack MacEwen
  3. the fans for having to sit through this game during an ongoing ice storm, godspeed to those loyal fans

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets are taking a much needed rest after 3 games in 4 days, they will go into next weeks AHL All-Star break only having played once next week, which will be an away game next Friday, when they visit their counterparts for first in the North Division, the Rochester Americans. Rochester plays twice before they meet Friday, so chances are that Rochester can gain a significant lead on first, and Utica drops to 3rd or lower. Regardless, the Comets are currently losing the season head-to-head record against the Amurks 2w-3L-0-0, and are getting blown out in the scoring too 22 to 12. Their last game against them was a very competitive match where the Comets won 4-3, however that WAS with Thatcher Demko in net, and as much as I love Kulbakov’s impressive stretch this January, he’s going to need to play the game of his life if he wants to try and even out the head-to-head record against the eastern conferences second best team.

 

 

Anyways that’s it for the Farmies for today, I’ll see you all next Friday for another recap and review. As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/18/19 – Utica Comets vs. Binghamton Devils

TGIF my fellow Canuck brethren! Tonight we have a hotly contested matchup between the Utica Comets and the Binghamton Devils as they battle for supremacy over the North Division! The Comets last two games against the Devils was the beginning of a rough stretch, culminating in a 10-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch. Since that rough stretch though, for January at least, the Comets have run up a 5w-2L record securing themselves firmly in a tie for 1st place in the North Division, and tied for 3rd in the eastern conference.

 

The Binghamton Devils run a VERY brutal, physical style of hockey as we’ve seen in our numerous encounters this season…losing Sautner long term and Dahlen for an extended period of time with a broken face and concussion respectively. The team has struggled pretty hard with the Devils physical gameplay…ironically despite having the league worst penalty kill, the Devils seemingly perform at a 20% better clip against the Comets than any other team.

 

Team will be receiving Brendan Woods back into the lineup after being gone with a lower body injury since December 7th…There aren’t too many physical players on the Comets team, but Woods is one of them, we’ll see if he’ll be able to turn it up against this tough Devils team in his first game back. I’m not really holding my breath though…

Anyways shitton of injuries and illnesses rattling this team, and with Tanner Kero up in the big leagues, the team sees some major shakeups to its forward lineups so with that, lets get into tonight’s game!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Gaudette Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Bancks Darcy Lind
MacMaster Woods Gadjovich
LD RD
Brisebois Blujus
McEneny Sifers
Graham Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Looks like Gaudette’s impressive play in last game won him the right to center that top line in the wake of Kero’s absence… he had great chemistry with Pyatt in the last game so it’ll be interesting to see how this line works with a bonafide finisher in Boucher working with them.

 

Benched
Watson
2

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bachman Chatfield Hamilton Jasek Juolevi Sautner
Undisclosed Out for the Season foot Undisclosed Sick Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee

 

Woods comes off IR for the first time since December 7th and at a perfect time too otherwise we’d probably be seeing Graham at right wing while MacEwen or MacMaster slid to center to cover their absence.

 

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 a green/black alternate tonight

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 2-2 Tie

 

Really solid competitive 1st period against a team the Comets have struggled with hard as of late…I want to say that brutal hit from Woods kind of woke the team up. Heads are on a swivel and players aren’t getting caught flat footed, lots of motion which is rewarding to see! Utica just barely held the edge in shots on goal, leading 12 to 11 over Binghamton.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-2 Comets

 

Bit of a slower period in terms of action, but nonetheless the Comets outshoot the Devils 13 to 10 and they gain their first lead of the game off a nasty pass zone entry and pass from MacEwen. Hopefully they learned from their exhausting 3rd period in Wednesday’s game and they’ve paced themselves accordingly… much more disciplined 2nd period from the team this game round, so hopefully we get a well-rested and composed Utica Comets for the third period where they can try and put this one away. Think it was obvious based on the number of streamables, but Jonah Gadjovich has really been impressing me with his play along the boards…really solid calm passes under pressure and while engaged in hard battles…isn’t just throwing plays away…he lost possession on one offensive drive but that was probably the only glaring error I saw in his game so far tonight. Hope he can find the back of the net with his line because he’s been dynamite for them.

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-3 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Binghamton Eric Gryba 5v5
1st Utica Kole Lind 5v5
1st Binghamton Nathan Bastian Colton White Michael McLeod 5v5
1st Utica Evan McEneny Reid Boucher Adam Gaudette 5v5
2nd Utica Brendan Gaunce Zack MacEwen Guillaume Brisebois 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Woods Jonah Gadjovich Evan McEneny 5v5
3rd Utica Carter Bancks Evan McEneny Cam Darcy 5v5
3rd Binghamton Nick Saracino Brandon Baddock Josh Jacobs 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • The Comets 5v5 couldn’t have looked better tonight, with great games from Woods, Gaudette, Gadjovich, McEneny, Dahlen and MacEwen. I wish the AHL did ANY kind of advanced stat tracking because the Comets takeaways tonight were through the roof…so many times possession was kept off great stick work in the Devils zone that lead to some golden scoring opportunities and goals for the Comets. Really impressed by their effort tonight…plus they didn’t blow their wad having to defend against a shit ton of stupid penalties.
  • Gadjovich is lowkey picking up his game piece by piece in his past 6 starts…hard along the boards, finishing his checks no matter what, great pressure that disrupted a lot of Devils exit attempts, had some great passes to MacMaster tonight that (I mean this politely) if sent to a better player probably end up as goals for. The re-direct to Woods for his goal in his return game was absolutely nasty though…yes I know his skating needs work, but the guy hustles in his skates to aggressively forecheck and work along the boards…give this kid the same kind of skating coach that Bo Horvat had and oh man we might have a sleeper player here…great calm plays along the boards…many times you see guys get crowded by 2 or 3 dudes from the enemy team and the player being pressured will just pass it to no mans land…but Gadj has lowkey great awareness…you can see it whenever he goes along the boards or to battle he takes a quick glance around the ice to get a feel for where everyone is. I really like his game, and I’m glad it paid off with a primary assist for him. I would think that with Jasek due to return after being sick for the past couple games, that Gadjovich will have earned his spot and MacMaster’s will be the one to replace.
  • Gaudette’s speed…oh boy just look at those controlled zone entries, the guy is just blowing past everyone on the ice…another reason why I wish there were advanced stats in the AHL because this kid was just a possession and entry machine tonight. Showed he could absolutely handle a 1st line center role at the AHL level with ease.
  • Florida Panthers were in house to scout the Farm tonight…genuinely wondering now if we do see a trade for Gudbranson
  • Have to give a quick credit to Ivan Kulbakov who had his 7th straight start for the Comets and looked sharp once again. His ability to come in clutch for the Comets this stretch and the earlier stretch back in October and November might have bumped up his stock a bit and pending what happens with Bachman, might be making a case for himself as a bonafide starter in the AHL. I don’t know if Michael DiPietro plans to move to the AHL (or if he’s even technically allowed to) but barring any other trades, I’ll be paying close attention to Kulbakov’s progression and game for the final 23 games of the season to see if he can make a case as the Comets starter for next season in the event that Bachman’s injury is worse than we think
  • I’ve been saying it around here and on the Canucks discord, but Evan McEneny is asserting himself as the Comets most reliable defender this season. Last season he had a brutal leg injury that cut his season at just 11 games. This season he’s come in with something to prove, extremely reliable on the powerplay along the blue line, calm under pressure in his own zone, crisp passing, rarely takes dumb penalties…shit the guy could get called up tomorrow and replace Pouliot or Gudbranson and I can confidently say he’d be more sound defensively…the guy is playing his best hockey right now…its actually kind of crazy to me that in a night where he gets a goal, 2 assists and ends as a +3 and he’s only the second star of the night haha
  • Reid Boucher ended the night with 1 assist and 8 shots registered on goal and ended a -1. I know this guy lit it up in the early parts of the season, but I think we’re now seeing the repercussions of running so hot so early, players know he’s the Comets triggerman and are quick to block his paths to the net, so he needs to adapt a bit more to being a playmaker/assist machine in the wake of being the known triggerman for the Comets. Countless times he takes the selfish attempt on goal but it leads to nothing…if he ever wants that shot in the NHL he’s gotta diversify…. Don’t get me wrong he was dangerous as fuck tonight…I mean 8 shots is 8 shots, but his plays he did set up were pretty dangerous, but I can tell he just has that desire to be a one man goal scorer, when he can definitely be much more.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Evan McEneny
  2. Adam Gaudette
  3. Jonah Gadjovich

Honorable Mentions: MacEwen, Kulbakov, Reid Boucher

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets are back at it again tomorrow when the Belleville Senators visit the Comets to end off their 5 game road trip. The Senators are currently on a 3 game losing streak, with their last loss coming against the Syracuse Crunch. This will be the first encounter the Comets will have had with Darren Archibald since he was traded to the Ottawa system in exchange for Mike McKenna and Tom Pyatt. Since joining the Senators Archibald has only got 1 assist in 4 games played and has a +/- of -3…that’s after having run up 16 points in 23 games played with Utica this season… knowing how hockey stories go, he’ll probably get a hatty or some shit.

 

Regardless, with both Utica and Syracuse winning their games Friday night, the Comets hold firm in 2nd place in the North division and remain tied for 3rd in the East. Despite all the shit Cull has been given for his deployment of the rookies, but man its hard to deny that whatever he’s doing IS working.

…granted…

Most of those wins have come when he’s played the Rookies in the lineup but hey…Im not a coach…im just a guy…sitting at a computer….meticulously rewinding a game….and recording highlights…for all you beautiful people out there who read this whenever its posted! Bless you fine readers of the Farmies, without you’re kind words and support, I don’t know what I’d do!

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/16/19 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Hello all, Farmies back at it again after what feels like FOREVER. Tonight is apparently a “big game” for the Canucks so I doubt tonight’s Farmies will generate too much traction so I’ll try to keep it short and simple!

 

The Comets are facing off against the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa’s Farm) for their 2nd matchup in 5 nights…little about the Crunch, they’re on an AHL worst, 5 game winless streak and in their last 2 matchups against the Comets have been outscored 7 to 4 (don’t look up the overall series scoring though…that 10-1 game really makes it look AWFUL haha).

 

Both teams come into tonights matchup, well rested and quite familiar with one another. Having surely gone over Sundays game tape thoroughly with their coaches, tonights game ought to be a much tighter contest than Sundays.

Looking over tonight’s lineup, it looks like we won’t have Jesse Graham slotting in as the final winger, so notch that into the + column for Trent Cull…but once again Lukas Jasek sits…again after having some of the best efforts from the Comets this season. So lets just get into it shall we….

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Bancks Gaudette Lind
MacMaster Darcy Gadjovich
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Blujus
Graham Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Thank god, the Watson/Sauce pairing got broken up. Gaudette returning to the lineup means we could see some decent possession and offense from the Comets tonight…however…that being said, it looks like Cull has opted to continue benching Jasek and in the wake of injuries to Arseneau, Woods and now Wacey Hamilton… slots Tanner MacMaster back into the lineup who’d been benched for the last 7 games straight. Apparently Jasek has been ill and that’s why isn’t playing tonight…so good opportunity for MacMaster here to earn a spot

Also starting for the 6th straight game is Ivan Kulbakov… I wouldn’t think its concerning because he’s actually performed pretty well after numerous consecutive starts, and you’d have to think that with Michael Leighton being picked up on a PTO, that he’ll get some nights off eventually.

 

Benched
Watson
1

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bachman Chatfield Hamilton Jasek Juolevi Sautner Woods
Undisclosed Out for the Season foot Undisclosed Sick Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee lower body

 

Sautner and Chatfield both skated together at practice together wearing red no-contact jerseys so theres signs of recovery coming, expecting them back later this month or February.

 

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 a green/black alternate tonight

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 2-0 Comets

 

Damn this was pure domination from the Comets, barring a couple dispossession’s and odd-man rushes…the Comets were sound defensively breaking up nearly every Crunch chance in their own end. Comets outshot the Crunch 13 to 5

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 5-2 Comets

 

Absolutely nutty second period after the Crunch get some early momentum going off some weird goals…the Comets rally to show the same dominance they had in the first period and absolutely pummel the Crunch with shots, outshooting the Crunch 14 to 13… I genuinely wonder if exhaustion will start settling in after some seriously poor discipline from the Comets led to 4 penalty kills from players who are some of their best at even strength…we’ll see how the third plays out!

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-4 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Tom Pyatt Reid Boucher 5v5
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Tanner Kero Reid Boucher PPG
2nd Utica Adam Gaudette Carter Bancks Zack MacEwen 5v5
2nd Syracuse Alex Barre-Boulet Carter Verhaege 5v5
2nd Syracuse Gabriel Dumont Boris Katchouk Taylor Raddysh 5v5
2nd Utica Jonathan Dahlen Brendan Gaunce Zack MacEwen 5v5
2nd Utica Kole Lind Adam Gaudette Dylan Blujus 5v5
3rd Syracuse Gabriel Dumont Taylor Raddysh Nolan Valleau 5v5
3rd Syracuse Alexander Volkov Cal Foote Dennis Yan PPG

 

Takeaways

  • Once again exhaustion hit the Comets like a fucking sack of hammers….just 2 shots in the third period to the Crunch’ 16….3 penalties….0 shots on the powerplay….I mean holy moly they won tonight, but they were seemingly on the verge of losing until the Dahlen/Lind goals and then again after the Volkov goal to put the Crunch within 1.
  • Per the above, Cull needs to start trusting his rookies some more and putting them into penalty kill situations…you can’t expect guys like MacEwen and Gaunce to shoulder your 1st unit penalty kill and 1st unit powerplay when it’s a game where discipline is blatantly a huge issue. Get Gadjovich out there for a shift, Gaudette I mean why the fuck not…your team suffered huge because of how much special team time was spent on just a few guys.
  • Lind and Gaudette, discipline aside, had VERY impressive games…I wish the AHL had advanced stat tracking, because oh man their ability to enter the zone is far and away the best on the team. Great vision from Lind on his first career AHL goal, great pass to Blujus to start the whole thing in motion too.
  • Ivan Kulbakov once again gets kind of a raw deal tonight aftera bullshit first goal, and then his team just leaving him out to dry on a few of those other ones. A few bad defensive reads from Blujus tonight lead to a couple goals against…but otherwise…30 saves on 34 shots is really impressive, and honestly he had some clutch saves late in the third to make sure this wasn’t an embarrassing loss where the Comets give up a 3 goal advantage (the worst lead in sports) to lose. Really been impressed with this guy, given the workload he’s received once again as a call up to the Comets
  • MacMaster….man I was hoping he’d kind of prove why he should be in the lineup tonight, but yikes…guy was pretty invisible tonight…which is a shame because his linemate Jonah Gadjovich was leading the team in zone entries, dump-ins…Not a good look if your just the odd man out on a line. IMO whatever reasons that specifically kept him benched for 7 games….werent exactly proven wrong tonight… I would hope Lukas Jasek slots himself back in Mac’s place because everywhere MacMaster fell short tonight are areas where Jasek has constantly looked good…playmaking, passing, puck control, vision, board work… I think time with the Kalamazoo Wings is in order for the struggling winger.
  • Dahlen had a great first two periods, but third period was totally invisible. Then again, could say the same about Kero, Boucher, MacMaster, Pyatt…every player really. But there were times when I was certain Dahlen was being benched for the third until that final powerplay which generated no shots, and probably the most embarrassing team streamable I think I’ve ever created.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Ivan Kulbakov
  2. Kole Lind
  3. Gadjovich

 

What’s Next?

 

Next up on the agenda is a back-to-back series, Friday and Saturday, where the Comets face the Binghamton Devils followed by the Belleville Senators…I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m going to struggle with avoiding referring to Belleville as the Devils, or Binghamton as the Senators…bloody B’s…

 

The Devils are 4-0-1-0 for the month of January and come into Saturdays game winning the season head-to-head record 4w-2L and having outscored the Comets 20 to 18 in that time…The Devils play a very heavy and physical game and practically every outing has seen some brutal hits that lead to injury against the Comets…the Comets outside of Vinny Arseneau (who’s been out with injury numerous times this season) don’t have much “toughness” to their core…so the size differential always seems to fuck them up pretty hard. So they have to utilize their speed and effectiveness to get away from the boards as fast as possible if they don’t want to get annihilated physically or on the scoreboard.

That prep aside, the Comets actually find themselves tied for 1st in the North Division, edged only by the Rochester Americans who have the same amount of points with 5 less games played. Again schedule in the AHL is pretty nutty haha.

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/12/19 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Good Saturday mid-afternoon, early-dinner time to you all! The Comets are back at it again for a double header; this time the Comets face off tonight at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s farm team, the Syracuse Crunch. The Comets and Crunch play their 5th of a 12 game series against the Crunch this season (AHL schedules amirite guys!?), the series is currently tied at 2 apiece, but the Crunch edge the Comets in scoring 19 to 9

 

Tonight’s starting lineup should be a doozy…despite having strong performances on the 3rd pairing, Jagger Dirk was returned to the Kalamazoo Wings, while the team kept PTO Cliff Watson…contractually this is baffling as Dirk IS an AHL contract … not sure why they’d keep a PTO who has performed worse in the same role over him… As I said in the last Farmies, Watson and Saucerman have no chemistry on a line together, in fact, whereas Dirk and Sauce played physical enough to negate any kind of speed disadvantages, Watson has looked completely out of his depth in passing, skating, everything, and Saucerman isn’t good enough to compensate for his failings…so while Watson drags down that third pairings reliability…its also dragging down Saucerman’s effectiveness as well… again…to service a PTO instead of utilizing a contracted guy in Dirk….

 

Looking at tonights lineup, Cull has opted to drop Jasek from the lineup, despite having strong puck possession ability and playmaking skills from along the boards the past several weeks….who is slotting in that spot you ask? Why its none other than DEFENSEMAN, Jesse Graham!

 

Again…please do tell me why its wrong to critique or judge our Farm teams handling of rookies…Jasek is not listed as injured…so that means instead of slotting in MacMaster OR Jasek on the fourth line, he opted to slot in Graham who’s defensive liability has seen him as a healthy scratch 15 times this season as well as being a healthy scratch in LAST nights game against Bridgeport…

 

If he’s sending a message to Jasek…I don’t know what that message is…and this could play into the whole Palmu “lack of communication” thing…because I legit have no clue why Jasek would be a healthy scratch as of late as he has been more effective on the ice than even Dahlen as of late….oh well…we’ll see how tonight plays out so lets get into it.

Starting Lineup

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Bancks Hamilton Lind
Gadjovich Darcy Graham
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Blujus
Watson Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Benched
Jasek MacMaster
1 7

 

RE: Benching’s

MacMaster unable to crack the 4th line spot after Jasek gets pulled out…and has been scratched 7 games straight…send him down to the ECHL for Christ sakes if you’re going to slide in an ineffective defensemen into the 4th line role.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Arseneau Bachman Chatfield Juolevi Sautner Woods
Undisclosed Out for the Season foot Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee lower body

 

Sautner apparently skated for the first time on January 3rd…and while he’s rejoined the team technically at practices, he’s still at least out until the end of the month. Chatfield remains as a “possibly returning end of January or February latest”

 

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 their green & white jerseys

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 1-0 Comets

 

Some good sustained pressure from the Comets at times in the offensive zone…some fairly bad gaffes in the defensive though from our veterans, and the one from Gadj/Breezy but otherwise a pretty competent period from the team. They were outshot, but only by a small margin, 10 to 8. Pretty good period overall against the team that once blew them out 10-1 with the same goaltender; speaking of which, Kulbakov has looked really solid tonight and last night in spite of the 4 goals against…really solid play from the man who’s started 5 straight.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Saucerman with a fucking hilarious between period interview. I do think back to Ryan Johnsons’ comment in one of Saucermans earlier interviews where he was like, “ask him a hockey question” because its like…we get it…he has a big beard…lets move on how bout lol

 

Solid second period from the team despite once again some awful discipline. 2 unneccesarry penalties puts the comets at 4 on the night and that puts them at 28 penalties in 6 games…really unhealthy numbers…their opposition has only scored 5 times in those 28 tries, which puts their PK% at 82% in January, but the exhaustion of constantly rolling out the same 6 guys over and over for the PK isn’t healthy and is probably a contributor to the exhaustion we see from the team in the third period. Once again the Comets were outshot 9 to 8 in the 2nd…so as I said hopefully that 2nd period of constant penalty killing doesn’t hamper their ability to maintain the lead

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 3-2 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Tanner Kero Zack MacEwen PPG
2nd Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Tom Pyatt 5v5
3rd Syracuse Andy Andreoff Cameron Gaunce 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Gaunce Wacey Hamilton Carter Bancks 5v5
3rd Syracuse Cory Conacher Nolan Valleau Cameron Gaunce 5v5

 

Takeaways

  • Despite exhaustion setting in hard on this Comets team, they looked pretty OK against a tough Syracuse Crunch team. Comets had impressive games from MacEwen, Gaunce, Dahlen and Blujus tonight.
  • Fix that Zamboni door…it’s only a matter of time before it cause some wonky ricochet that costs the Comets a game, if it hasn’t happened already
  • Kulbakov once again gives up his usual 1 saveable shot of the night but also gets robbed with an incredibly unlucky high-stick deflection that SOMEHOW went without a call…baffling stuff…but an impressive 28 save performance kept his team in this one. ESPECIALLY in that brutal third period where it felt like a 20 minute long powerplay.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Ivan Kulbakov
  2. Brendan Gaunce – once again, absolutely clutch tonight…1 goal, 4 shots, tonnes of time on the penalty kill and super aggressive forechecking all night… its too bad the Canucks called him up after a lengthy stay on IR…because he’s more than earned a call up with his play in the past several weeks than he had prior to the call up
  3. Zack MacEwen – constantly a threat whenever he’s on the ice…his 200 ft game is incredible, the speed and strides he shows are unmatched on his team, wicked shot, and playmaking ability…him and Gadjo on that breakaway by all hockey conventions SHOULD not work, but they pulled it off and almost scored off it!

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets re-solidify themselves as 2nd in the North Division and now get a nice break before they return on Wednesday for another home game, ALSO against the Syracuse Crunch…That’s a lot of time for both teams to go over what worked and what didn’t so I expect a pretty competitive game next week. Hopefully we’ll see what the deal was with the whole Jasek benching and Graham playing as a forward thing…because while they did win tonight, I can’t say Graham was nearly as effective as a forward than Jasek.

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/11/19 – Utica Comets vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Goooooood evening Canucks fans its time for another edition of the Farmies! Last night we drank ourselves into oblivion as we watched a Petterson-less Canucks team struggle against fucking…ARIZONA…a team that is missing literally every good player off their team right now with injury…yes, THAT Arizona. So like you we gather here today to catch up on our Farm teams progress as they chug through the season towards a possible Calder Playoffs run!

 

Yup, as pointed out in the last Farmies, their little stretch of wins was enough to keep the Comets in third of the North Division (yes I’m aware how many more games they’ve played than everyone else).

 

But tonight they face the Atlantic Divisions Bridgeport Sound Tigers, a team they will only meet once more before the season done, so we come into tonight’s game with no experience facing the Islanders Farm squad….based on how the all-rookie lineup went on Wednesday, and given all the eyes that were sent the Farms way post-Palmu comments we’re looking at another game where every rookie gets a shot in the lineup with the exception of Tanner MacMaster…

 

Given all the talk about earning ice time and having to show hard effort night-in night-out…I find it hard to believe that a 6-3 loss where your top 2 lines were invisible would lead to a repeat of t he same. I hate to say it…but I feel like we’re getting another super-rookie lineup tonight to quell the backlash from the Palmu comments and to avert some of the eyes from Vancouver media that are actively questioning the farm’s decisions..

 

Regardless, its fuckin’ Friday,

The kids are playing,

I don’t really care what the motives are at this point,

I just want to see some memorable hockey after that dreadful Star Wars Night from the Canucks which was more Attack of the Clones than it was the Empire Strikes Back.

Lets get into it boys and girls!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Lind Hamilton Bancks
Gadjovich Darcy Jasek
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Blujus
Watson Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Benched
Arseneau Dirk Graham MacMaster
2 4 1 6

 

RE: Benching’s

MacMaster sits for his 6th straight. Dirk is also on his 4th straight despite having VERY impressive games in late December and early January…Legitimately don’t understand how Watson or Wyszomirski were earning a spot in the starting lineup over him, ESPECIALLY after Watson got absolutely torched by Carcone on Wednesday … Watson especially has looked slow, ineffective and in just one game got burned by a forward more than I’d seen from Dirk or Saucerman combined….

Saucerman slides back in the lineup which is good, but really I don’t think he’ll be as effective trying to bail out Watson if the above scenario happens again. I genuinely wonder if Dirk is just injured but they haven’t declared it because I don’t know what he’s done to deserve being benched.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Chatfield Juolevi Sautner Woods
Out for the Season foot Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee lower body

 

Chatfield was reported as POSSIBLY returning towards the end of the month, as was Sautner…Brendan Woods who’s been out for ages skated in a no-contact jersey as early as the 7th of January but no word on if he’s anywhere near ready to return. Dylan Blujus slots back in after missing most of early January with injury. Subbed out is Jesse Graham despite his 2 goals and 1 assist this month…hard to argue that one, as despite his tenacious speed and offensive game, his D game still is a huge hole for the blue-liners, wheras Blujus offers a bit more of a well-rounded game, similar to Evan McEneny and thus make them a very solid top D pairing for the Comets both offensively and defensively.

 

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 Tigers

 

Lot of chances for the Comets in the first period….Gadjovich with a tonne of chances tonight and has looked good so far. The Comets outshot Bridgeport 11 to 7 but went 0 for 2 on the powerplay despite numerous chances…Going to have to be slicker on their set-ups if they want to get it past Smith

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Lot of penalties to the Comets, but god damn their penalty killing units are so good; I still wish they threw Gadjovich out there once or twice to learn from Hamilton and Bancks… If they want Gadjovich to learn to adapt his style of play that was successful in the minors to the big leagues, I feel like playing alongside those two in pressure situations like on the PK would be great for his development. Despite the penalties being taken I’d still say the Comets had a succesful period…it won’t go down as a shorthanded goal but that entire game-tying sequence happened while the PK was still going on and man….call Gaunce up and get Schaller out of there…the guys been so clutch for Utica its crazy.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 3-3 Tie

 

Comets outshot Bridgeport 10 to 7 in the third period, but boy they just could not get shots past the bodies clogging up the middle. Being unable to capitalize on 3 powerplays, ESPECIALLY the 5 on 3 to round out the period is quite tragic… could’ve ended it there but Boucher’s need to be the triggerman on the powerplay probably cost them there. Too many telegraphed one timers from the 1st powerplay unit.

 

Overtime

 

Final Score: Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4, Comets 3

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Bridgeport Chris Casto Josh Ho-Sang Travis St. Denis 5v5
2nd Utica Wacey Hamilton SHG
2nd Bridgeport Tanner Fritz Mitchell Vande Sompel Chris Bourque PPG
2nd Utica Tom Pyatt Brendan Gaunce 5v5
3rd Utica Zack MacEwen Jonathan Dahlen Evan McEneny PPG
3rd Bridgeport Yannick Rathgeb Josh Ho-Sang Steve Bernier PPG
OT Bridgeport Parker Wotherspoon Tanner Fritz 3V3

 

Takeaways

  • Why are we not trying Lind or Gadj in OT? Lind thrives with time and space, so put him out there with Dahlen and let them work some magic…I mean fuck…just like the Arizona game…the team had no business getting to overtime with their undisciplined play and would most likely lose anyway so why not give the kids the experience? This is where I’m of the whole, Cull is rolling out all the rookies to quell rookie prep talk amongst Vancouver media, but the reluctance to roll anyone other than MacEwen, Gaunce, Boucher or Kero out for the last 2 minutes of the third or at all in overtime is pretty weak.
  • Powerplay still needs some work…the Boucher triggerman is super telegraphed….most teams know he isn’t likely to pass to anyone else for a one timer even if they’re completely wide open. I know he has a lethal shot but he’s cooled off quite a bit since his early season run and only has 1 goal in his past 6 games…maybe try someone else in his spot…aint nothing wrong with variety…especially when your team is going 1 for 6 on the powerplay and one of those was a 5 on 3.
  • Still not really sure why Watson is playing over Dirk…he just looks beat to the punch most of the night…and Saucerman has good speed, but he doesn’t have the speed to compensate for both he AND someone else getting burned. Dirk/Sauce or Wiz/Sauce please…Watson just doesn’t look effective enough to warrant icetime over Dirk… again that is IF Dirk is actually being healthy scratched and isn’t injured.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Ivan Kulbakov – dude once again gets some awful puck luck… 2 brutal tips that he had no chance on…completely screened on the game tying goal….and the only goal that was really on him loses the game for the team… the stats will make it look like this was on him but dude was clutch tonight just super fucking unlucky….didn’t help that his team puts him against 7 Bridgeport powerplays to boot
  2. Brendan Gaunce – dudes been so fucking clutch for this team man…shorthanded this guy is just a beast, toss out Schaller and get Gaunce up in his spot….Gaunce originally looked pretty shaky after returning to center, but he was absolutely lights out tonight. This has to be a huge confidence boosting season because he looks like a completely different player than the one that gets put on an incredibly short leash while up in Vancouver
  3. I want to give the 3rd Comets star to Wacey Hamilton….but oh boy that double minor for highsticking, plut the roughing AND interference penalties all in one game….I know the guy plays hard every shift and he really is a difference maker on the ice but boy those penalties essentially lost the game for the Comets tonight…too bad too because besides those penalties he was having a killer game.

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets have now dropped two in a row but they return tomorrow for their 2nd of 5 straight home games when they face the North Divisions 2nd place Syracuse Crunch…the season series against the Crunch has been interesting…after dropping a 10-1 game to them in their last outing, the Comets beat them in an incredibly competitive 4-2 win. Now the real question is, do they start their backups backups backups backups Alex Sakellaropoulos? The last time Kulbakov started against the Crunch and he got absolutely lit the fuck up, course that was in the middle of a triple header, but the guy will have started 5 straight if he plays again tomorrow…and that can’t lead to good things off the heels of a brutal overtime loss tonight to Bridgeport…Should be an interesting one though and you can catch that game tomorrow for free on theahl’s game service (I think that’s where at least?) OR you can give me a follow and keep your eyes peeled for the Farmies tomorrow!

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/9/19 – Utica Comets vs. Toronto Marlies

Whatsssss up R/Canucks its ya boi THRILL coming at you hot and heavy with another edition of the Farmies! The past couple days haven’t been very busy for the Comets, and have been relatively QUIET on the news front tooTRUSTTHEPROCESS with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to be concerned about TRUSTTHEPROCESS when it comes to our rookies down on the farm! TRUSTTHEPROCESS PaidforbyUtica

 

But in all seriousness, there’s obviously going to be major cause for concern when a former rookie leaves your team to go back to playing for a team that will utilize him for his strengths (instead of you know….asking him to overhaul his gameplay) and THEN says there was a lack of communication between himself and the coaching staff/management….I don’t want to call this scenario “Oilers-like” as some may have pointed out because, in truth, the Oilers at least PLAYED their rookies, when maybe they shouldn’t have….whereas the Comets are kind of in an opposite-ville where we DON’T play our rookies when maybe we should?

 

Obviously it goes without saying that MacEwen is a great prospect, as is Dahlen and as is Lind, and Jasek, and YES…they are getting ice time…But I can’t in good conscious say I agree with Gadjovich getting stuck in the nosebleeds watching his team play because he “takes time to develop” …you know what helps development? Ice time….game experience….you know…stuff that helps players open there eyes to what they could be doing better and working on but letting them put their effort to practice instead of literally JUST practicing and hoping to test your improvements once every 2 weeks…. Because as I said in the Farmies past, Gadjovich was playing his BEST hockey when playing with Wacey Hamilton and Carter Bancks…and you know what I think Gadjer stands to learn a LOT from how those two play….super effective penalty killers, possession machines, good speed and drives to the net, aggressive on the boards…only Gadjovich can probably score better if given the opportunity to. I don’t know what our rookies like Gadjer or Jasek stand to learn from sitting in the press box watching career AHL’ers not improve, or show any kind of development that would earn them a call-up to the Canucks.

 

Now all that being said, I urge anyone to read my previous comments regarding how the Farm prepped for this season, because I feel like whenever I have an opinion piece to start the Farmies, people hop on to say I shouldn’t have an opinion because people don’t go to reddit for opinions or open discussions…or something…I DUNNO whatever…tonight should be a sick game….Comets vs. the Marlies…and it looks like Cull and co. maybe felt the heat of the prospect development discussion because every single one of them is in the lineup haha

I’M SURE if they get blown out or lose…the first thing they’re going to say is “well I told you so!”

But hey…that’s not why we’re here is it guys!

We’re here to watch some of the bright stars of tomorrow adapt themselves to be the best they can be so that one day we may see them in the blue green and blue! That being said lets get into it!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce Pyatt
Bancks Hamilton MacEwen
Gadjovich Darcy Lind
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Graham
Wyszomirski Watson
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Benched
Arseneau Dirk MacMaster Saucerman
1 3 5 1

 

RE: Benching’s

MacMaster sits for the 5th straight game and joining him is fucking Colton Sacuerman DESPITE his fucking +4 , 1 assist game he had on Sunday or the 1 assist +3 game he had on Saturday. *eye roll*

I’m irritated because guys like Dirk and Saucerman have actually been incredibly reliable on our blueline with all the injuries and are actually producing points, which outside of Graham and McEneny is pretty hard to come by.

THE REAL IRRITATION IS though I didn’t account for a new guy, Cliff Watson, who completely fucks up my macroboard and thus ability to speedily write up the Farmies! Oh well, maybe he’ll be completely invisible and I won’t have to write his name down much haha

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Chatfield Juolevi Sautner
Out for the Season undisclosed foot Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee

 

Ryan Johnson did say that Chatfield and Sautner could POSSIBLY return towards the end of this month.

 

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: 3-1 Marlies

 

Pretty brutal period in terms of offense…Comets outshot 9-3 and their one goal was quite flukey…will definitely need to up their playmaking in the Marlies zone if they want to make this game competitive.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-2 Marlies

 

Again not a lot of chances for the Comets tonight in the Marlies end…shots were even however (10/10)…Marlies just a whole lot better defensively and are doing a way better job at breaking up the Comets offensive drives…that being said, Jasek, Lind, Darcy and Gadjovich are looking EXTRA dangerous every time they are on the ice.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 6-3 Marlies

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Toronto Colin Greening Dmytro Timashov Vincent LoVerde 5v5
1st Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Lukas Jasek 5v5
1st Toronto Calle Rosen Josh Jooris Jeremy Bracco 5v5
1st Toronto Pierre Engvall Vincent LoVerde Jeremy Bracco 5v5
2nd Toronto Trevor Moore Mason Marchment Sam Jardine 5v5
2nd Utica Tanner Kero Jesse Graham Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Gaunce Jamie Sifers 5v5
3rd Toronto Calle Rosen Jeremy Bracco Chris Mueller 5v5
3rd Toronto Carl Grundstrom Vincent LoVerde EN

 

Takeaways

  • Well an unlucky first period full of bounces/redirects gave the Marlies the lead and that was more than enough to seal this one for them. Also helping them was their ability to outshoot the Comets, ending the game having outshot the Comets 29 to 19. The Comets only registered 5 shots on goal in the third, and that was with a key powerplay towards the end of the game with Kulbakov pulled for a two man advantage…not really a great look for their powerplay units this game
  • As CanucksArmy Contributor Darryl Keeping say, if you’re going to put Lind on the #2 PP unit, move him to Brisebois (Boeser) spot and off the bumper…most of his success in Kelowna came from running the powerplay in that position
  • Really impressive shift work from Lind/Darcy and Gadjovich tonight that no doubt will get 1 of the 3 benched in their next outing. Pretty physically aggressive stuff along the boards from Darcy and Gadjer, and just sooo much good puck control and distribution from Lind….the goals WILL come eventually if they just keep this line together but I truly doubt it… given that this game was broadcast on tsn2…I feel like this was Cull trying to appeal to the MANY Vancouver media eyes who were NOT occupied with the Canucks today and had time to kill by watching the farm… hopefully im wrong though…the two kids looked good and despite 6 goals against, ended the night with a +/- of 0 for all three. I know its kind of a generic stat but I mean still stands to reason they weren’t allowing any chances against anytime they were on the ice
  • The Dahlen invisibility cloak continues to rear its ugly head…no points, no shots, -1 rating…looked slow to the puck in many instances…I really have to wonder if that concussion had a longer lasting effect than we realize… Hasn’t been the same player since…His work on the powerplay hasn’t been that impressive either….crisp passing has become a bit more aggressive, stiff…less soft on his passes which is unusual, as the silky mitts on the powerplay was one of his hallmarks in the earlier parts of the season
  • Boucher sort of regressing a bit into the “if im not scoring then im doing nothing” type of gameplay…he was absolutely smothered by the Marlies defense tonight, and any time he had chances to PASS…he’d opt for the slapshot that would 99.9% of the time deflect off a stick into nowhereland….followed by an annoyed look to the heavens or shake of the head, and then a slow skate back to the bench….Carcone was ditched because of his perceived me vs. the world playstyle….Boucher is following some dangerous footsteps as of late with his near non-existent passing game
  • Why isn’t Gagner with our farm? Better yet, why have we not just TRADED HIM to the Leafs for literally anything? The guy was a threat tonight, powerplay time, shots on net, was on the ice for 2 goals for… it seems absolutely insane to me that we’re paying him millions to teach the Toronto Marlies rookies how to succeed in hockey to earn a shot in the NHL…its baffling to me….absolutely baffling

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Lind/Gadjovich/Darcy – every shift of theirs was interesting and dynamic, the definition of high danger chances were generated from these three.
  2. Lukas Jasek – two assists, great puck control, the usual, still the Comets most underrated player at the moment
  3. Brendan Gaunce – another goal to bring his total points on the season to 21 in 24 games. Guy is just clutch lately and that early 3rd period goal really gave the Comets some life…if only the team could capitalize on the little momentum they got

 

What’s Next?

 

After tonight’s loss, the Comets win streak is over but they manage to retain there 3rd place spot in the North Division over the Marlies. They now sit 3 points behind the first place Rochester Americans, and 1 point behind the Syracuse Crunch…so while tonight wasn’t THAT great for the Comets, they are still somehow, barring all the injuries, the ECHL goaltenders, the lack of a true AHL d-core and the near non-existent powerplay, they’re still SOMEHOW contending for the first place spot in the division! (yes I know the Comets have like 3-6 more games played than the 2 teams ahead of them and the Marlies behind them but my point remains!)

 

The Comets return for a 5 game home stand against the New York Islanders farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, great name, GREATER JERSEY,… The Comets only have a 2 game series this season against the Tigers and it will be pretty competitive as the Tigers recently had Josh Ho-Sang return to their lineup…The Tigers have a pretty young lineup leading their team in goals and assists, so MAYBE…the Comets should look to matching youth with youth, and maybe run the same lineup we saw tonight to test our rookies against the Atlantic divisions 2nd best team!

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

1/6/19 – Utica Comets vs. Cleveland Monsters

Afternoon my fellow Canuckers, Farmies back at you with the double header content! I could almost copy and paste what I wrote in preparation for todays game because it looks like Trent Cull liked what he saw from yesterday’s lineup, because no substitutions, no changes, the ol’ CTRL C+V against the Monsters. I can’t say I blame him at all, which kinda blows for guys like Jasek and Gadjovich who’ve in my opinion earned a spot in the lineup. But I hope this lineups iteration proves me wrong and we get another 6-1 game.

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaudette Pyatt
Bancks Hamilton MacEwen
Arseneau Darcy Lind
LD RD
Brisebois Sifers
McEneny Graham
Wyszomirski Saucerman
G
Ivan Kulbakov

 

Benched
Dirk Gadjovich Jasek MacMaster
2 3 2 4

 

RE: Benching’s

I added a new sub-row on the benching’s table to indicate how many games straight a player has been benched

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Blujus Chatfield Juolevi Sautner
Out for the Season undisclosed foot Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee

 

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: 2-0 Comets

 

Well this was a pretty dominant period from the Comets as they outshot the Monsters 10-8, probably helping that was the 5 minute powerplay. Loved the response from the team after that bullshit hit, and loved it even more that they capitalized on the powerplay by edging their lead some more.

 

2nd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-1 Comets

 

Sluggish and undisciplined period from the Comets….4 straight hooking penalties would get you benched for the remainder of the game in the NHL. Otherwise…really clutch goal from Arseneau to re-gain the 2 goal lead. Dude’s been clutch since returning from injury. After starting the season with 0 points on 7 shots in 8 games played then being waylaid with injuries and struggling to earn a spot in the starting lineup, the guy has gotten 5 goals in his past 5 games; So props to him for persevering and coming in CLUTCH the past couple games.

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-1 Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Cam Darcy Kole Lind 5v5
1st Utica Tanner Kero Brendan Gaunce Reid Boucher PPG
2nd Cleveland Zac Dalpe Justin Scott Alex Broadhurst PPG
2nd Utica Vincent Arseneau Tom Pyatt Craid Wyszomirski 5V5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Colton Saucerman 5v5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Evan McEneny EN,SH

 

Takeaways

  • 5v5 Scoring:Once again the Comets 5v5 scoring comes up huge against Cleveland. Great rally after the MacEwen high hit, and a great follow-up goal after Cleveland got themselves within 1.
  • Discipline: I think I talked about this one ages ago, but man do the Comets just throw their sticks out into their opponents faces/sticks/legs way too often…And its not even to make up for a lack of skating, or being beat on a play, but they just get caught hooking and holding so often and its completely needless….6 straight penalties was rough, and honestly maybe I can attribute it to the exhaustion of playing back-to-back hockey, but if you’re going to be caught on hooking, then you gotta have a response and be able to draw some penalties as well.
  • Penalty KillingRegardless the penalty kill was great tonight, 5 of 6 PK’s were successful and really kept them in this game. That blocked shot by Arseneau, holy fuck that looked like it hurt, but he was back on the ice later in the period and contributed that slick pass to Lind that ended the game in style
  • Dahlen on another quiet stretch: Since going down with a concussion on the Comets road series against the Charlotte Checkers, Dahlen has only gotten 1 goal on 16 shots. I’ve read a lot of people from Sweden say that this is pretty typical of Dahlen’s style, a slow-starter who really gets into gear in the latter half of the season…I want to believe that…I have to remind myself he’s jumping to one of the top 3 leagues in the world from the 2nd tier Swedish league and is still Top 5 for team scoring…so I do have to temper my expectations…Hopefully this is just a setback cause by the concussion, fatigue, or whatnot, but with tempered expectations I do still hope that we see more of what he’s capable of before the season is over
  • Honestly this game was pretty weird; the refs dragged this one out…fucking hard …I do wonder if the delays in faceoff draws nearly every single draw fucked with BOTH teams momentum. Quiet games from MacEwen, Dahlen and Gaudette, but big games from Darcy, Lind, Pyatt and Saucerman; MacEwen’s quiet game could also stem from that massive headshot he took early in the game, so obviously he gets a pass…Gaudette also had a massive game yesterday so fatigue could also be reasonable. Like I said in yesterday’s Farmies about Lind…the more simpler of a game he plays the better and more effective he becomes…I know he wants to play a junior hockey/style over simplicity type of game play so he can get the flashy goals…but they are WAY more likely to come playing the kind of game he’s been playing in his last two outings.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Ivan Kulbakov – 40 of 41 shots saved. Clutch tonight
  2. Comets defense – especially Wyszomirski and Saucerman who held the monsters at bay and ended the night collectively +7 in +/-.
  3. Tanner Kero – who picked up his first hat trick of the season after picking up only 2 goals in his last 13 games

 

What’s Next?

 

With the win tonight the Comets find themselves 3rd in the North Division. The Comets return Wednesday night for another road game as they face off against the now, tied for 4th, Toronto Marlies. The Marlies are 3-2 in their last 5 games…weirdly enough having won or lost with 5 goals for/against in each game. The Comets currently lead the season head-to-head record with 2 wins and 1 loss, a loss which came in their opening game of the season.

 

As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!