3/7/2020 – Utica Comets vs. Charlotte Checkers

Good afternoon Canucks Nation, it’s time for another catch-up with the Farm!

Full disclosure, I am incredibly hungover. Last night I met up with a cousin of mine, whom I had not seen in over four years!

Like the genius I am, I didn’t eat anything prior to meeting up, and then I went on to have seven or eight High Life IPA’s thanks to my good friends at the Brewhall in Vancouver!

So yeah, expect run-on sentences, grammatical inconsistencies, and spelling errors? you bet! 

Last night the Utica Comets eked out a 2-1 regulation victory over the Checkers, even after doing their usual second-period collapse where they got outshot 12-to-5.

Fortunately, stalwart rookie netminder, Michael Di Pietro, put up an impressive 33-save performance, posting a 0.971 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.

Tonight, it looks like Cull will be giving Mikey a bit of a break, as Jake Kielly looks to get his first AHL start of the season.

One of the more notable things to note from the Comets win last night was Justin Bailey getting crushed along the end-boards by Cavan Fitzgerald. Last night’s Game highlights, including the hit on Bailey, and Lind stepping up to “fight” Fitzgerald..

Although this is far from the same team that won the Calder Cup last season, the Checkers are a much tougher team than their record would indicate. Comets coming away with four points off this double-header weekend will do wonders for their playoff push.

The Comets record in the second game of back-to-backs remains at seven wins, nine losses, and one shootout loss.

Slightly under a 0.500 points-earned-percentage

 

THE STARTING LINEUP

LW C RW
Baertschi (#47) Camper (#19) Boucher (#24)
Bailey (#95) Hamilton (#36) Lind (#13)
LeBlanc (#3) Stevens (#16) Perron (#27)
Stevenson (#26) Graovac (#44) Jasek (#9)
LD RD
Sautner (#6) Rafferty (#25)
Petgrave (#22) Chatfield (#5)
Teves (#4) Eliot (#52)
G
Jake Kielly

 

INJURY REPORT
Dylan Blujus David Pope (concussion) Vinny Arseneau (done for the season) Jonah Gadjovich (ill) Carter Bancks (lower body) Olli Juolevi (hip soreness)

 

Healthy Scratches
Guillaume Brisebois (technically) Nikolay Goldobin (vet) Seamus Malone

 

Goldobin gets the veteran-scratch for a third consecutive game. Have to feel for the guy, but hard to ignore how ineffectual he has been at 5-on-5.

With Blujus out with injury, Sautner slides back in with Rafferty as the team’s top pair. He took a dirty hit in the first period from last night’s action and is feeling the effects today. That opens the door, again, for Josh Teves and Mitch Eliot to come into the lineup to try and impress the bench boss for more ice-time.

 

1st period

[Comets in White]

 

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

Not sure I like Graovac on the first powerplay unit, the guy simply doesn’t have the legs to chase down pucks along the wall.

Overall, it was a bit of a hot-and-cold period of play from the Comets. To start, the team was giving up some high-danger scoring opportunities, but by periods-end, they managed to reel the Checkers back.

Both teams are doing well at holding each other to the outside perimeter for shots.

Have to feel for Kielly, a bit, on that opening-goal as there was literally nothing he could do to stop that one. Penalty-killers have to do better at clearing space around Kielly’s net, so he has clear sight-lines on the puck.

The dreaded enemy of the Comets, the second-period, could mean a comeback opportunity, or a full collapse. Fingers crossed its the former. Points are critical these days as two teams behind them in the standings, the Binghamton Devils and Laval Rocket, are both on decent win streaks to put them in contention for playoff spots. The Comets already got two points off this conference-foe, but another point or two could be all the difference between getting in or falling out.

 

2nd Period

 

The score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-1 Checkers

So tilting, realizing I didn’t have sound captured through the first twenty minutes of play.

Despite how dull the period was, the Comets did well to generate shots on goal, as they held the Checkers to just five total. One of those being a goal, but, HEY! Can’t save ’em all!

Concerning that, Baertschi went down the tunnel with the athletic trainer seemingly unprovoked. Fingers crossed that this isn’t concussion-related.

Kole Lind and Justin Bailey have had really impressive games so far, but have been unable to capitalize on any of the multiple scoring chances they’ve created.

 

3rd period

 

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

Fantastic battle from the Comets to even things up at two apiece

I originally had a point in my second-period musings that said the Comets shouldn’t bank on getting another powerplay to try and even things up. But sure enough, that’s exactly what it took, and Reid Boucher, once again, proves the COmets hero.

Loved the compete level from Kole Lind that entire third period. It genuinely felt like he was on the ice for 90% of the time — an impressive game from him to turn this game on its head for Utica.

 

Overtime

  • Rafferty, Jasek, Graovac the first trio for Utica
  • Not sure I’d pick the guy with one-eye, a guy coming off IR, and another guy coming off IR as my first trio to roll out in OT
  • 2 minutes into OT and the Checkers have held the puck for the entire time
  • Justin Bailey caught out on an incredibly long shift after going end to end to out-race an icing. Jake Kielly gloves down the puck at the side of the net, mercifully allowing Bailey to change
  • 1:30 left and Kole Lind finally out for OT
  • GOAL – UTICA – 3-2 Comets: Brogan Rafferty (#25) goes full god-mode as he dangles around two Checkers defencemen before drop-passing to Kole Lind (#13) for the game-winner! I audibly yelled, “what the fuck” at Raff’s absolutely disgusting display of dangles to weave the puck through the feet of the Checkers’ defencemen. Stoked to see Lind, finally, wind up on the scoresheet as he had nothing to show for an incredible game-played up until that point.

 

Final Score: 3-2 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st CHA Ryan Bourque Joey Keane Gustav Forsling PPG
2nd CHA Mark Cooper Clark Bishop Jacob Pritchard 5v5
2nd UTI Reid Boucher Brogan Rafferty Carter Camper PPG
3rd UTI Reid Boucher Tyler Graovac Carter Camper PPG
OT UTI Kole Lind Brogan Rafferty 3v3

 

Takeaways

 

  • Lmao, Rafferty got the first star of the evening, but after having as many giveaways as he did, I don’t know if I’d be willing to give him that much. That overtime play was certainly something though.
  • Fantastic comeback win from the Comets to earn a crucial four-points on the road. Comets finish their night getting outshot 27-to-26, but the resilience they showed in the final twenty minutes of play was really quite something. Despite their best efforts at 5-on-5, the bounces just were not going their way. Checkers’ fans can’t even argue that the Comets were gifted a powerplay to even things up, as there was a blatant non-call on Lind mere seconds before Steven Lorentz’ slashing penalty
  • I said it a few times tonight, but Kole Lind had himself a statement game. The stat-lines won’t do justice to the kind of work that Lind was putting along the end-boards that resulted in numerous scoring opportunities for the Comets. Linds OT winner was his 14th of the season, which now has him sixth on the team, with 0.54 primary-points-per-game. Reid Boucher sits first with an astonishing 1.10 primary-points-per-game.
  • Carter Camper recorded two assists tonight, which has him leading all centermen with 32 assists on the year. Should Carter Bancks return, the team is going to have to sit one more veteran. Earlier this season, I chided Trent Cull for his decision to scratch Camper in favour of having both Carter Bancks and Wacey Hamilton on the starting lineup. Please write your local MP, should Camper get taken out of the lineup, because he has been integral to the Comets goal-scoring this season.
  • Lukas Jasek looked ok in his first game back since injury/illness. He started strong, but later in the game, he looked slow, which makes me wonder if he’s entirely over whatever it was that had him sidelined?
  • Poor Sven Baertschi, I genuinely hope him leaving the game has nothing to do with head-trauma. He looked solid in the opening goings of the first period, but after that shakeup along the endboards, he became less noticeable.
  • Brogan Rafferty had a game that fully encompassed why it is tough to project how he fits in an NHL lineup. He has tremendous skating and puck handling through traffic, with the offensive flair of a power-forward and the passing skills of an NHL defensemen. Unfortunately, he also has some of the worst egregious giveaways among Comets defensemen. Everyone is understandably excited at this management group finding another NCAA free-agent d-man, who’s tearing up the AHL. Those same people have pencilled Rafferty into next-years starting Canucks lineup. However, can you imagine what Travis Green would do after seeing a tape-to-tape giveaway in the D-zone like the one Raff had tonight? Food for thought
  • Jake Kielly, too, had a really impressive showing for the Comets! 25 saves on 27 shots for a 0.926 save percentage and a 1.88 goals-against-average. Not bad at all for someone making their first AHL start! Kielly truly did set the tone for the Comets after he made those huge stops early to prevent Charlotte from generating a lead. I’m sure Trent Cull and co. are relieved to see they have a backup who may be more reliable than they had expected.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Kole Lind
  • Reid Boucher
  • Jake Kielly

HM: Carter Camper

 

The Comets Trajectory?

The Comets win tonight moves them into second place, as they edge the Rochester Americans on regulation-wins. The Comets will look to maintain that place in the standings when they return home this upcoming Wednesday, as they take on division-rival, the Syracuse Crunch.

3/4/2020 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

The Utica Comets are inside the final 20 games of the season, and holy guacamole, do they have a month in store for them!

Two 3-in-4’s to start the month, then a Tuesday game that immediately follows a double-header weekend. Afterwards, it’s a triple header, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, mid-month, concluding with two more 3-in-4’s at the close of March and start of April.

Did I mention that only nine of those thirteen games are against divisional opponents? Meaning, the Comets can’t afford to slip up anywhere this month. A losing streak at any point this month could mean a freefall out of a Calder Playoff spot.

Hot off the heels of a disappointing drubbing by the Laval Rocket, the Comets will start this month against the North Divisions, second-place, Rochester Americans, an all too familiar foe of the farms.

The Comets’ last game against the Amerks was an interesting one. Despite getting thoroughly out-attempted at 5-on-5, the Comets managed to earn two big points via the shootout.

There is an asterisk on the game, in that, the Comets arguably should have won in regulation. The referees missed a blatant trip against Sven Baertschi as he drove with the puck towards the empty-net. The non-call denied the Comets an automatic empty-netter goal-for, and on the ensuing 6v5, the Amerks managed to score in the final 28 seconds to force extra-time.

By no means did the Comets play a clean game against the Amerks. Getting out-attempted more than two-to-one across all-strength-situations means the team was basically in survival mode all game.

Out-attempted two-to-one is the common thread between all of the Comets/Amerks matchups this season.

Out of their seven-game head-to-head this season, the Comets have out-attempted the Amerks at 5-on-5, wait for it,

…once

No surprise, the only thing that has been separating wins from losses in this seven-game series, is goaltending.

The Comets are already seeing what can happen if they ride their goalie too hard. Mikey Di Pietro was making his ninth straight start for the Comets against Laval, pairing that with a blatantly lethargic Comets team in front of him, was a breeding ground for disaster.

Perhaps the past few days off has allowed the Comets to refill the stamina bars. Well, at least we hope they have because with two teams nipping at their heels for the third and fourth-place playoff spot, they can’t afford any more performances like they had against Laval. Its Crunch time. But not literally Crunch time, because it’s actually Amerk time …you know what, you get the idea! Let’s get into tonight’s matchup!

 

THE STARTING LINEUP

LW C RW
Baertschi (#47) Camper (#19) Boucher (#24)
Lind (#13) Hamilton (#36) Bailey (#95)
LeBlanc (#3 Stevens (#16) Perron (#27)
Malone (#17) Graovac (#44) Stevenson (#26)
LD RD
Petgrave (#22) Rafferty (#25)
Sautner (#6) Blujus (#8)
Teves (#4) Eliot (#52)
G
Michael Di Pietro

 

INJURY REPORT
Vinny Arseneau (done for the season) David Pope (concussion) Lukas Jasek (lower-body) Carter Bancks (lower-body) Olli Juolevi (hip soreness) Jonah Gadjovich (illness)

 

Healthy Scratches
Nikolay Goldobin (veteran)

 

So Stefan LeBlanc gets to slide back into the lineup, and impressively, moves into the top-9 alongside Stevens and Goldobin. Like the makeup of the line, a strong forechecking presence from LeBlanc could be a great compliment.

Goldobin gets the veteran scratch, which, I’m sure, is delightful for him.

Pretty surprised that Eliot and Teves can barely crack a healthy Comets roster, but when the Comets are down two d-men, they get paired together. It makes me question if its a matter of trust with Trent Cull, or if its a matter of skill. Both Teves and Eliot have looked perfectly adequate in the AHL this season. Obviously, when they are healthy, the Comets’ third pair is a tough spot in the lineup to crack. It makes me wonder why Eliot and Teves weren’t sent down to Kalamazoo to play out the entire season to get ample ice-time.

Have to feel for Olli Juolevi, man, injuries have just completely fucked up this kids’ career path. Hip soreness for the second/third time this season is a bad look.

1st period

Comets in their Away whites

 

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

 

That was a really fast-paced period of hockey, with zero penalties issued and only a few couple timeouts.

Comets still struggle mightily against the speed and size of the Amerks squad. The Comets do try to match the physicality brought by the Amerks, but, as you could see in a couple of those streamables, Amerks play a heavy game that even the veterans and toughest Comets players can’t match.

Comets still electing to play that heavy four-deep in the o-zone style that gives opponents a jarring number of odd-man rushes-against.

 

2nd Period

 

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

 

Yikes, that was a rough period of hockey displayed by the Comets. After 40-minutes of action, the Comets find themselves getting outshot 30 to 17. Rochester is a volume team, who uses their speed and size to open up space for shots on goal. Utica is an opportunistic team, who uses their speed and vision to capitalize on errors for scoring chances. Unfortunately, Utica’s approach to generating offense requires them to actually be in the offensive zone. Rewatch that streamable of the Comets standing still as the Amerks generate shots towards the net. The Comets fade the second they don’t regain the puck in their zone.

 

3rd period

 

 

Final Score: 3-1 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st UTI Stefan LeBlanc John Stevens 5v5
2nd ROC Taylor Leier Jean-Sebastien Dea Jacob Bryson PPG
3rd UTI Sven Baertschi Carter Camper Ashton Sautner 5v5
3rd UTI Tyler Graovac Justin Bailey Brogan Rafferty EN

 

Takeaways

 

  • Comets pull the classic rope-a-dope, as they withstand 40-minutes of relentless Amerks offense to earn the win with some late-game heroics from the first line. Can’t understate enough how important Di Pietro was to the Comets in this game. Amazingly, Di Pietro was only the 2nd star of the night, while Sven Baertschi got the first-star for his game-winner.
    • Di Pietro finished the game with a 0.973 save-percentage and a 1.00 goals-against-average. *larry-david-pretty-pretty-pretty-good.gif*
  • Not a pretty game shot-attempt wise, but the Comets did admirably at moving the puck up-ice when they were able to gain possession of the puck. Against this fast Amerk team, however, they weren’t afforded many opportunities to strip the puck off their opponents. Don’t think the Comets want to end up in a playoff series against Rochester, because the Amerks clearly play a style of hockey that will dominate come playoff time.
  • Underrated game for Dylan Blujus, who recorded a team-high of five shots on goal. I think he and Sautner looked, possibly, their best all season, and it might have to do with the fact that both were playing on their strong-side for a change.
  • Speaking of shots on goal, Boucher looked fantastic in his first game back after an undisclosed illness. Dynamite on the penalty-kill as usual, he had moments of standing around waiting for the puck to happen upon him. However, that asterisk can get applied to every single Comets player tonight. Love his ability to steal the puck off opponents and create chances out of thin air. He wasn’t able to land on the scoresheet, but he still remains the team’s most potent threat in the o-zone with the puck on his stick.
  • CTRL C+V my comments about Stefan LeBlanc’s play from a few games ago. Great effort, hustle, and forechecking presence that earned him the games first-goal of the night. With the Comets hamstrung by the veteran limit, and Brisebois/Chatfield up with the Canucks, I doubt Teves/Eliot’s positions are in jeopardy. A position that sucks for LeBlanc who’s opportunity has been thrown a wrench by having to play off-role. That being said, LeBlanc has performed above expectations in my eyes. Have ti imagine his performance of late has earned himself a full-time spot on the roster, whether that’s as a forward, or as a D-man.
  • Still a bit concerned that the Comets have yet to figure out a gameplan to combat the Amerks. They’ve played eight games against each other now, and I don’t know if I’m confident that the next game won’t see the Comets getting caved-in for two of the three periods. The rope-a-dope worked tonight, but in a five-game playoff series, I don’t know if that’s something a team like this should bank on
  • Graovac got the empty-netter, but boy, his skating sure does look rough still. I said after his last game that I wouldn’t harp on it. But he looked like he was skating in mud through much of tonight’s action. Probably just a reps thing where he’ll look more like himself, the more game-time he gets in.
  • Francis Perron had an underrated performance playing alongside LeBlanc and Stevens. Perron’s had a tough season, what with the eye injury that forced him out of eleven games, then he took a puck to the head in practice that took him out of another five. Perron has speed, tenacity while displaying some decent offensive chops, but he’s only managed two goals and one assist in his last 20 games played. Perron’s contract expires at the end of this season, but sadly for him, I don’t know if his streaky production has been enough to warrant another look next year.
  • Not on the Canucks, but Casey Mittelstadt is a really fun player to watch — had a couple of goofs behind the net in the Amerks zone, but his speed makes him such a massive threat whenever he blitzes into the o-zone. I don’t watch a lot of Sabres games, but I can’t imagine why his skills don’t translate into the NHL.
  • I already said it, but I genuinely just feel bad that Olli Juolevi is, once again, dealing with lingering injuries. Alongside Brogan Rafferty, Juolevi posted the best shot-attempt differential at 5-on-5 in the Comets games against Rochester and Toronto last week. Reminding you that one of those games was another against Rochester, in which the Comets were out-attempt two-to-on at 5-on-5. Godspeed to the fragile Finn in his recovery.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Michael Di Pietro
  • Stefan LeBlanc
  • Dylan Blujus

 

The Comets Trajectory?

Comets return this weekend for a double-header road trip against David Ayers’ Charlotte Checkers, I won’t be on recap duty for the Friday game, however, as I’ll be meeting up with family whom I haven’t seen in over four years! So expect another Comets Harvest, for Saturday’s game only!

3/29/19 – Utica Comets vs. Toronto Marlies

Good evening night owls, the Farmies back at it again with the ultra-late edition! I unfortunately got my official notice of my tenancy being ended yesterday, so its absolute crunch time for me to try and find a place to live!

 

Speaking of crunch time! The Comets, despite an abysmal 1-8-1-0 record in their last 10 are SOMEHOW still in a tight playoff race with the Belleville Senators and the surging Cleveland Monsters. With 7 games remaining in the schedule and only 4 points separating 4 teams for that final Calder playoff spot, it seems crazy to say it but…there’s…STILL, a chance! Granted they have their work cut out for them…tonight it’s the 3rd place Toronto Marlies, and Saturday it’s against the North Division leading Syracuse Crunch.

 

It certainly would be in the Comets best interest to get a win or 2 this weekend, because the schedule does them zero favors in April to wrap up their season, as they rattle off two triple-headers in back to back weekends…their first triple header of the season, the comets went 1-2-0-0, their second one they went 2-0-1-0. And that was when they had pretty well their best players available…with the bulk of the D-core either with the Canucks or on IR, it’s pretty unlikely they find points that easy in the months of April, so fingers crossed they can earn some points tonight!

 

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Gaunce Darcy MacEwen
Malone Woods Jasek
Bancks Gardiner Stevenson
LD RD
Saucerman Blujus
Petgrave Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Gadjovich Arseneau Chatfield Lind
Out for the Season Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Upper Body Injury DTD DTD DTD

 

Healthy Scratches
Anselmini Thomas
1 4

 

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 the Green/White Alternates

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 0-0 Tie

 

Decent period from Utica…bit undisciplined in the penalty department that COULD cost them if they don’t straight out…but they spent a majority of the 1st in the Marlies zone pressuring, just didn’t get too many high danger scoring chances. Need to stop shooting pucks in form the blue line and hoping for the tip play to work.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Comets once again absolutely dominate the Marlies with pressure and shots, outshooting the Marlies so far 24 to 14. If they can’t maintain their stick discipline though and keep putting the team on the penalty kill, then they’re not going to get anything going. They desperately need someone to just rifle a shot past Hutchinson…the goalscoring droughts need to end!

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 5-2 Toronto Marlies

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Toronto Jermey Bracco Calle Rossen Dmytro Timashov PPG
3rd Toronto Colt Conrad Rasmus Sandin Frankie Corrado 5v5
3rd Toronto Michael Carcone Pierre Engvall 5v5
3rd Utica Seamus Malone Brendan Woods Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Toronto Nicholas Baptiste EN
3rd Utica Matt Petgrave Dylan Blujus PPG
3rd Toronto Dmytro Timashov Andreas Borgman Michael Hutchinson EN

 

Takeaways

 

  • Once again the Comets BADLY outshoot their opponent, 39 to 23, but simply cannot find the back of the net. Shit ton of breakaway opportunities early but the team just bombed on every real chance they had.
  • Like the Cull recognizes the success that Jasek/Woods and Malone were having together and chose to use them to close out the game.
  • First line of Pyatt Kero and Boucher ended the night as a team worst -3 on the night
  • Brendan Gaunce ended the game with 9 shots on goal and a -1 rating…after a 12 point December, a 9 point January and a 7 point february. Gaunce has 2 assists in all of March. I cant even say its just him though, the whole team is snakebitten, and ya a bulk of that has to do with the d-core built around this team…its simply not good enough, there isn’t enough depth to the organization to cover having 50% of their D-core playing up with the Canucks, while another 50% are on LTIR and thus being replaced by ECHL PTO’s. it’s a huge ask of the teams top “nhl caliber” players to be the sole providers of offense, but also be above-and-beyond the call of duty for backchecking and defensive play to compensate for the lack of awareness and speed of the current d-core.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Lukas Jasek/Seamus Malone/Brendan Woods in any order

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets will head into tomorrows matchup against the division leading Syracuse Crunch on another brutal losing streak with now even LESS available players than the last time these two teams met…with Chatfield/Lind AND Gadjovich all out with injury. Barring some quick recovery of course. Hopefully I’ll be able to cover this game at the latest by Sunday…going to be more house viewings, open houses and a friends birthday party so time might not be of the essence for me! To be completely honest I think I’m okay waiting to review the next Comets game…its getting a little tough to watch really interesting promising players just be completely ineffective due to the team they are surrounded with constantly blundering it up.

 

3/23/19 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

Good evening r/Canucks.

Welcome to the Farmies.

Issue#58.

Subject: the Utica Comets visit the Syracuse Crunch.

RE: Comets attempt to build on last nights victory against the Laval Rocket to maintain some semblance of a chance at a Calder Playoff run.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Boucher
Gaunce Darcy Jasek
Malone Woods MacEwen
Bancks Gardiner Stevenson
LD RD
Anselmini Blujus
LeBlanc Sifers
Petgrave Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Gadjovich Arseneau Chatfield Lind
Out for the Season Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Upper Body Injury DTD DTD DTD

 

Healthy Scratches
Saucerman Thomas
2 3

 

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 Syracuse

 

Somehow shots favored Utica 14 ot 10…maybe because I kept having to turn away from the sequel to Cloverfield (shakey cam joke), but it genuinely felt like the shots on net were pretty weak and nowhere near that high. Hopefully Utica gets it together, with Boucher back in the lineup there shouldn’t be any excuses why they can’t get decent shots on net…

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

¯_(ツ)_/¯

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 6-2 Syracuse Crunch

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Syracuse Cory Conacher Andy Andreoff PPG
1st Syracuse Cory Conacher Gabriel Dumont Alexander Volkov 5v5
1st Utica Reid Boucher Stefan LeBlanc Tanner Kero 5v5
1st Syracuse Alexander Volkov Cory Conacher Hubert Labrie 5v5
2nd Syracuse Ben Thomas Gabriel Dumont Boris Katchouk SHG
2nd Syracuse Alex Barre-Boulet Taylor Raddysh Cal Foote PPG
2nd Utica Tanner Kero Jesse Graham Reid Boucher 5v5
3rd Syracuse Alexander Volkov SHG

 

Takeaways

 

  • Comets once again outshoot their opponent by a significant margin, but are unable to find the back of the net…this time they outshoot Syracuse 34 to 23. They managed to hold Syracuse to only 3 shots in the third period, so its pretty unfortunate that even with 5 powerplays to Syracuse’ 3, they were unable to capitalize on anything. ESPECIALLY, with Reid Boucher back in the lineup.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Reid Boucher – two point night, team high 4 shots
  • Tanner Kero – two point night, 3 shots
  • Zack MacEwen – 2 shots and actually tried tonight.

 

What’s Next?

 

Comets get a bit of a break from the monotony of getting shitpumped every night, and return next Friday against the Toronto Marlies for their final match of the season. The Marlies are 6-3-0-1 through the month of March with their most recent result being a loss to the North Division’s 2nd place Rochester Americans, by a score of 5-2. The Marlies will play Rochester again this Sunday to wrap up that season series as well, so both the Comets AND Marlies will be heading into that Friday match up well rested and prepared (I hope). Unfortunately for the Comets, both the Cleveland Monsters AND Laval Rocket won their games Saturday night meaning the Comets (assuming they’re still TRYING to make playoffs) are in an incredibly tight 4 team race for the final playoff spot. Fortunately for Cleveland, Utica AND Laval, the Belleville Senators have now lost 2 straight, opening the door for the bottom 5th-7th place teams to have a shot.

 

Until next Friday though (or possibly Saturday depending on if I have house viewings or some other shit throughout the week that exhausts me) I will see you all then! Go Canucks Go, god bless Canada, and oh yeah, Fuck Messier! Good night folks! (or morning, most likely)

3/22/19 – Utica Comets vs. Laval Rocket

Sorry for the lateness on this one my Vancutica Camuckets fans; Unfortunately for me, my landlord has given me the option of accepting an illegal rent increase, or move out so its been a lot of frantic house-searching and viewings immediately after work. So the Farmies schedule might not be too on-point in the coming weeks sadly as my schedule is rapidly getting filled; but alas I’ll do my best, work the late night hours, burn the midnight oil, everything I can to give this subreddit the Prospect content they deserve!

 

It’s a pretty busy night in the AHL; With 4th place Belleville taking on Providence, 1st place Rochester taking on 5th place Cleveland, and 8th place Binghamton taking on Springfield. With the 6th place Comets taking on the 7th place Rocket…now would be a good time to earn some points to even remotely have a shot at Calder playoffs. Fortunately Belleville is losing 1-0 to Providence…a loss would still keep Utica kind of in the hunt….a win for Belleville and another loss for Utica would be disastrous though.

 

Don’t think anyone new joined the injury list nor did anyone come off it so its probably going to be a repeat of Wednesdays lineup…barring some crazy line shakeups…..annnnnnd they’re being shaken up. Let’s get into it boys and girls, should be a weird one!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero Gaunce
Malone Woods Jasek
Bancks Darcy MacEwen
Arseneau Gardiner Lind
LD RD
Blujus Chatfield
LeBlanc Sifers
Petgrave Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

Not sure how to feel about this one… I liked Lind/Woods together and was hoping Malone would get a shot up with maybe MacEwen and Jasek…but now we’re moving him to the wing…interesting…Moving Macdaddy to the wing worked wonders so I trust Cull on this one!

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Gadjovich
Out for the Season hand Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Upper Body Injury

 

Healthy Scratches
Anselmini Saucerman Stevenson Thomas
2 1 2 2

 

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 Rocket

 

Despite the goal, the Comets looked pretty decent in the opening frame – outshot the Rocket 12 to 9 and had quite a few good looks on the powerplay and in the Rocket zone. Holy fuck, by the way, Dylan Blujus has got a NASTY scar on his neck…I hope that wasn’t from a skate cause jesus Christ that thing is fucking nasty huge.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Comets outshot the Rocket 14 to 2…. Lmao jesus Christ…that’s how you get bag skated the next day… Outshooting the Rocket so far 26 to 11 after 2 periods….the intermission interview with Pyatt essentially covers this brutal string of puck luck for the Comets where they’ve managed to outshoot nearly all off their past 8 opponents only to lose. MAYBE the puck luck comes up in their favor in the 3rd…FINGERS CROSSED!

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 1-1 Tie

 

Well the Comets certainly have momentum on their side…lets fucking pray to god they don’t blow it like they did the last time they got into overtime…maybe just bench Brendan Gaunce for the next 5 minutes? Comets outshot the Rocket at the end of three periods, 32-12…Laval had a single shot in the 3rd…

 

Overtime

 

The Score at the end of Overtime: 1-1 Tie

 

The Comets didn’t choke in OT! How awesome! We’re off to the shootout! Let’s goooooo

 

Shootout

 

 

Final Score: 2-1 Utica Comets

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Laval Brett Lernout Daniel Audette Alex Grenier 5v5
3rd Utica Tanner Kero Tom Pyatt Jalen Chatfield 5v5
S/O Laval Alex Belzile so
S/O Utica Seamus Malone so
S/O Utica Lukas Jasek so

 

Takeaways

 

  • THE STREAK IS DEAD THANK GOD…Belleville loses too, so the playoff dreams are still alive! Now only 4 points back of Belleville (but sadly tied in points with Cleveland whom have the same amount of points with 2 less games played…so we’ll see how this plays out). I won’t call it a comeback or get my hopes up…but god damn does it feel good to review a game where the Comets are putting in a great effort in the shot column and getting rewarded with the W in the end.
  • Really digging the game of Seamus Malone, has some really solid skating in and around the net, a good play maker and for the most part knows when to take his shot. I liked him on the wing, but I do like the combination possibilities of having him centering guys like Jasek and MacEwen. Really great game from him tonight.
  • Practically everyone tonight had 2 or more shots on goal, with the exceptions being Stefan LeBlanc, Dylan Blujus and Vincent Arseneau.
  • Oh boy though, that 14 shot production from Laval…Burr…what you doing over there bud? Hope he bag skates the Laval boys for that one cause holy shit they left Connor LaCouvee out to dry with that effort.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Lukas Jasek
  • Jalen Chatfield
  • Seamus Malone

HM: Tom Pyatt for his 5 shot night with time on the powerplay and a pretty good run in OT

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back in action tomorrow night against the North Divisions #1 team (by a fucking WIDE margin) the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay’s affiliate, take notes JB on how to draft and build your farm team). FORTUNATELY, for the Comets, the Crunch are on a 1 game losing streak…granted its only there 3rd loss in their last 10 games…but STILL…maybe the Comets ride the momentum of getting the losing monkey off their back and they play their hearts out tomorrow on the road!

 

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies; I’m at doctors appointments, open houses and then spending time with family for the bulk of Saturday so Farmies might get delayed til Sunday or possibly LATE Saturday evening…but until then guys I hope you all have a great start to the weekend and as always, any suggestions to improve or expand on future Farmies editions, drop a line in the comments cause I’m always around to chat Utica hockey!

3/20/19 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators

Whats up Canucks fans, Farmies back at it again with another no-holds barred adrenaline fueled thrill ride! The Comets take on the Belleville Senators, a team that put together one of the leagues best point streaks to usurp the 4th and final Calder playoff spot from the Comets…granted…any team could usurp the Comets place in the standings these days as they have just struggled immensely to have things go their way. They’ve currently dropped a season worst seven straight games and have several of their best players riding quite lengthy pointless/goalless droughts.

 

Weirdly enough I think this is one of the few times this season where both the NHL club AND the AHL club are facing both the NHL-AHL tandem on the same night.

 

The team has a few guys returning to the lineup for the first time in what seems like ages; Dylan Blujus returns to the lineup after picking up a hand injury on February 1st, Tom Pyatt also slides back into the lineup after being out with a concussion during a March 9th game. Granted that’s not the heavy hitters we were hoping for like Reid Boucher or you know…any of the core guys currently with the Canucks…but hey it’s a start!

So you know what, im going to downplay the negativity and just hop straight into tonight’s lineup and maybe that’ll will some good puck karma from the Cosmos for the Comets.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Gaunce Kero Jasek
Pyatt Darcy MacEwen
Bancks Woods Lind
Arseneau Malone Gardiner
LD RD
Blujus Chatfield
LeBlanc Sifers
Graham Saucerman
G
Michael Leighton

 

Not sure I’m a fan of splitting up Jasek and MacEwen, they had some great passing and play setups between them last game…Gaunce isn’t exactly a finisher, so that first/second line of Gaunce/Kero/Jasek will probably be odd as that’s 3 playmakers, not finishers on a line together. If Anything I would’ve liked to see, Jasek-Darcy-MacEwen, as Jasek and Darcy had great chemistry a few games ago, and most recently Jasek/MacEwen did… but what do I Know!

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Gadjovich
Out for the Season hand Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Upper Body Injury

 

Healthy Scratches
Anselmini Petgrave Stevenson Thomas
1 1 1 1

I’m actually pretty shocked Anselmini got scratched, but not really surprising given the teams roster decisions this season…he’d looked like a better powerplay QB than any of our other 2nd unit QB’s and played quite physical and did a great job in his own end. That being said, I’m fucking glad its Saucerman who gets a shift back in…he brought such a better rounded game than Petgrave OR Anselmini so hopefully he’s able to pick up where he left off .

 

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 Tie

 

Pretty solid period of hockey, end to end play! Really enjoying Seamus Malone’s play, he’s looking way more comfortable on the ice out there…plays very similar to an Adam Gaudette or Zack MacEwen…wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him slide up the lineup for a look…guy has got the speed to matchup with guys like Darcy/MacEwen etc. Comets outshot by the smallest of margins, 10 to 9.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 3-1 Belleville Senators

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Belleville Jack Rodewald Filip Chlapik Vitaly Abramov 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Woods Jalen Chatfield Dylan Blujus 5v5
3rd Belleville Justin Falk Drake Batherson Nick Paul 5v5
3rd Belleville Darren Archibald Erik Burgdoerfer Justin Falk EN

 

Takeaways

 

  • 8 straight, 6 points back of Belleville for the final playoff spot and only 10 games remaining. Its been a peach for the Farmies guys, but barring some crazy run, I think there wont be playoff coverage for the Farmies this season….twas a good run though!

 

Droughts:

 

Player
Lukas Jasek 1 assist in last 14 games
Tanner Kero 1g 2 a in last 7 games
Cam Darcy 1g 3a in last 12 games
Kole Lind 1g 2a in last 10 games
Zack MacEwen last goal march 6th, 1 assist in 6 games since
Brendan Gaunce last goal Feb 17th, 2 asssists in 12 games since
Vincent Arseneau 1g in 9 games
Tom Pyatt last goal Feb 17th, 1 assist in 9 games since

 

Since Evan McEneny and Reid Boucher went down with injuries, the Comets have scored only 8 goals in 6 games and been shut out twice in that time. So really only 8 goals in 4 games. Can’t expect much from this team when your powerplay quarterback and your best shooter both go down at the same time…nor when your entire D-core gets called up to be the Canucks D-core…

I know it must just suck to be in these close contests and be on the cusp of winning, only to have it slip away in the worst ways possible. Heartbreaker after heartbreaker.

  • Tonight’s game it seemed like each player had a great period but then they’d no-show the others…pretty unfortunate really. Chatfield, Gaunce, Woods and MacEwen were solid throughout all 3 periods though.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Michael Leighton
  • Brendan Woods
  • Jalen Chatfield

HM: Brendan Gaunce for TRYING his damndest to get shit going

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back in action Friday night when they face off against the Laval Rocket at home. The last time they met, the Comets got off to a pretty great lead early only to see them give up 5 straight unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to lose in regulation. No expectations, no regerts, we’ll see what happens…

 

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here Friday and as always 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!

3/17/19 – Utica Comets vs. Hartford Wolf Pack

Good afternoon my r/canuck brothers and sisters…your hungover buddy THRILLHOIAF is running it back with a recap of last night’s game against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Currently the Wolf Pack sit dead last in the AHL’s Atlantic Division, despite maintaining 65 points (3 shy of the Comets 68 points). The Comets have been playing lately like a dead last team, although I can’t really fault them too hard…its literally like an ECHL team featuring AHL lifers and rookies with a few standout NHL caliber guys bearing the brunt of the heavy lifting.

 

Like this lineup shouldn’t technically exist in the AHL but it does due to terrible injury luck on the Canucks and the Comets, as well as pretty laughably bad asset management.

 

Position Player Status
#1 goalie Thatcher Demko Injured beginning of the season for 18 games, dressed for 19, then NHL for good
#2 Goalie/defacto number 1 after Demko Richard Bachman dressed for 23 games then out for the season with injury
#2 Center Adam Gaudette played 14 games, rest of season with Canucks due to Sutter/Beagle injuries
1st pairing Dman and powerplay qb Olli Juolevi Played 18 games then out for season with knee injury
Defacto 1st pairing Dman and powerplay QB Evan McEneny 58 games played, career best points, out for season with knee injury
1st pairing Dman Ashton Sautner 31 starts then misses 23 games due to injury, then called up to the Canucks
1st pairing Dman Luke Schenn Impact Dman with Sautner for 7 games before being permanently called up to Canucks
1st/2nd line Left Winger Jonathan Dahlen 50 starts then traded for a high potential bust prospect instead of a piece that helps the Comets now
1st/2nd line winger Darren Archibald Comets cornerstone piece traded for Tom Pyatt and a goalie they lost to on waivers to get Demko in the NHL
1st line Winger Michael Carcone 17 pts in 20 games, still top 10 in Utica scoring, traded to division rival for an NHL piece
Rookie winger Tanner MacMaster 11 pts in 29 games, 4th amongst rookie group, traded to division rival again for a Dman due to injuries/callups
Rookie winger Petrus Palmu 12 starts, mostly all on the 4th line with ECHL plugs and 16 healthy scratches; left for Liiga to get more icetime
2nd pairing Dman Jalen Chatfield Missed 31 games due to injury
3rd/4th line rookie winger Kole Lind 44 starts, 15 games lost due to injury; not producing
4th line rookie winger Jonah Gadjovich 37 starts, 20 healthy scratches, 8 games and counting lost due to injury – scored 1 less goal than Kole Lind with arguably weaker linemates and playing time
teams best goal scorer Reid Boucher possibly a broken hand, season might be toast
3rd pairing dman Dylan Blujus 32 starts, 23 games and counting out of the lineup with a broken hand
4th line center Wacey Hamilton 17 starts, 43 games and counting lost due to a concussion to start the season and neck injuries now

 

I mean shiiiiiit, some of those guys I listed aren’t all-stars or anything, but if you take out you’re constantly overhauling your lines because of the aforementioned injuries/trades/call-ups, you’re never going to have chemistry develop, nor are you going to have anybody play with confidence cause the dynamic is constantly changing.

 

Right now I count, 8 guys on the roster right now who would otherwise be playing full time in the ECHL that are on our starting line on 1st pairing D minutes or on the 3rd line…like I’ll give them credit, THEY’RE HANGING IN THERE…but dude this roster is hurting hard…hence why the Dahlen trade blows my mind, and still the Carcone and MacMaster trades…they got pieces back, but they’re all so reactionary and did legitimately nothing to help this squad out in the short term or even the long term… It’s legit hard being a Canucks and Comets fan at the same time…

 

The big question tonight (last night)..whatever…sorry I’ll be jumping from tenses quite a lot in this Farmies as I’m VERY hungover and trying to keep the narrative will be a bit tough…but the BIG QUESTION…is how the fuck do the Comets rally back from that heartbreaker of a loss in overtime… I mean yeah they’re athletes and they get over shit like that…but how the fuck do you legitimately come back from that? One of your few NHL-quality players hands the opponent the game by fucking up a shot attempt, then hooks the breakaway player giving them the penalty shot and an easy win after they got rolled over in the final period? When I’m playing League of Legends and I get on a bad losing streak, it doesn’t take much to tilt me when in that next game when something goes wrong and it leads to a loss…and that’s a fucking game…this is these dudes livlihoods and careers…I’m still thinking about that shootout loss and am in disbelief…hell I’m still in shock over the 4 unanswered in 10 minutes against Laval….I mean, fingers crossed they can figure their shit out as a group but its like literally every game this month the odds just stack further and further against them…

 

That horribly miserable pre-amble aside, lets get into last nights game!!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero MacEwen
Gaunce Woods Lind
Bancks Darcy Stevenson
Arseneau Gardiner Thomas
LD RD
Petgrave Chatfield
Anselmini Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
G
Marek Mazanec

 

Malone looked decent and scored a goal in his first game…so obviously the natural response is to bench him, slide his ECHL winger Reid Gardiner to center, and then KEEP Kyle Thomas in the lineup… lol I swear Cull/Johnson and co have this ongoing bet of how to make bad roster decisions on a nightly basis to fuck with the fans. Like…I’m sorry but Thomas is just awful, takes a penalty every game, and besides 1 or 2 moments a night where he has a controlled entry that leads to a play being setup, he’s just a liability whenever he’s on the ice. I also still contend that Saucerman being out over Petgrave makes no sense.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Blujus Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Pyatt Gadjovich
Out for the Season hand hand Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Concussion Upper Body Injury

 

Healthy Scratches
Malone Saucerman
1 3

 

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 the green/white alternates

 

 

Score at the end of the first period: 1-1 Tie

 

Kind of a weird one, the Cull once again has his team on a 5 minute powerplay and his guys end up caught out on the ice for too long allowing for a shorthanded goal.. The Comets lead the league in short handed goals against by the way with 15 total shorthanded goals against…not exactly a great stat to lead the league in. Loved the forward pressure from the team though, they managed to outshoot Hartford 11 to 5 and maintained a shit ton of possession in the offensive zone, not allowing Hartford to set up in their end practically at all.

 

2nd Period

 

  • Jasek on the ice for the 2nd period opening draw! Sporting some stitches
  • more of the same from the first period from the Comets for the opening minute, just pressuring hard in Hartfords end
  • GOAL – HARTFORD – 2-1 Wolf Pack: Once again, the Comets are caught out on a long shift, then Matt Petgrave(#38) skates way the fuck out of position to a puck he’s never going to reach that springs the Wolf Pack on another breakaway, and Shawn St. Amant pots Hartfords second straight goal to give the Wolf Pack the lead…this is why I want Saucerman in over Petgrave, no fucking clue what Petgrave expected here
  • Stefan LeBlanc takes a high sticking minor after the goal and the Comets are off to the PK
  • GOAL – HARTFORD – 3-1 Wolf Pack: Hartford makes it 3 straight as Ryan Gropp capitalizes on the powerplay as he rifles a shot glove-side past a screened Mazanec…not sure why the Comets were just letting him get screened so easily but…aight
  • with 3 goals against on 8 shots, Mazanec gets the yank and Michael Leighton comes in…not sure you can really fault him on that powerplay goal, or the two breakaway goals either as all three were awful defensive coverage…not sure what he thinks putting Leighton in will do
  • a hard checking shift from the Comets results in a puck-over-the-glass infranction from the Wolf Pack putting the Comets on the powerplay
  • Comets honor Bancks games played achievement with a video package and I realize now how much he looks like Christian Bale
  • Powerplay has a few moments and shots but nothing comes close to the net
  • Vincent Arseneau takes a boarding penalty and Matt Beleskey drops the gloves to try and fight him but to no avail
  • Gaunce(#16) catches Arseneau(#18) on his way out of the box for a breakaway chance but he puts it right into the body of Hartford goaltender Adam Huska
  • GOAL – HARTFORD – 4-1 Wolf Pack: 4 unanswered tallies, 3 this period…LeBlanc(# 3)goes to play the puck back to Graham(#64) who loses an edge turning to catch the puck and that lets Matt Beleskey take the turnover and feed it to Ville Meskanen who is completely unchecked at the front of the net
  • team is playing like they’re completely tilted off the face of the planet…
  • MacEwen gets a great drive on net but then as the team looks to set up a cycle Brandon Anselmini gets pressured and is forced to reset out at neutral ice

 

The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-1 Hartford

 

*heavy sigh*

Its tough boys…its tough… I’m sure the Utica fam didn’t want to spend their St. Patty’s Day watching an ECHL team get embarrassed at home again. Comets outshot just barely 9 to 8.

 

3rd Period

 

  • Jaime Sifers(#26) with a bomb from the blue line that goes off the post and off the back of Huska and sits loose at the end of his skates
  • GOAL – HARTFORD – 5-1 Wolf Pack: Comets possession gets ended when its cleared up the ice to Steven Fogarty who waits out a sliding Graham(#64) to spinorama around LeBlanc(#3) to set up Ryan Gropp once again uncontested at center ice for the tap-in goal
  • 5 straight unanswered
  • Greg Chase gives Stefan LeBlanc a crosscheck behind the play and Leblanc tries to get in a fight with him but Chase just turtles, frustration coming to a boiling point here for the Comets…LeBlanc picks up a 2 minors, one for cross-checking (somehow) and a second for Unsportsmanlike conduct, so LeBlanc will have company in the box
  • Comets kill the penalties fortunately
  • Also I didn’t mention it but Lind has been bumped down to the 4th line with Arseneau and Gardiner –
  • GOAL – UTICA – 5-2 Wolf Pack: the unanswered streak ends as Graham(#64) gets two shots off from the blue line and the wall, with the second shot being the one that finds its way through. Pretty innocuous shot that got through, figures right.
  • Brendan Woods picks up a slashing minor and the Comets are onto their 6th penalty kill on the night
  • GOAL – UTICA – 5-3 Wolf Pack: The Comets get a shorthanded tally of their own as Gaunce(#16) skates it to the Wolf Pack’s blue line, then turns to pass to a trailing LeBlanc(# 3)who sets up the Captain Carter Bancks(#34) in his record setting game played for the Comets; pretty slick backhand move to cut the Wolf Pack’s lead to 2.
  • MacEwen(#15) literally trying to put the team on his back with this nasty end-to-end play where he fights through practically every Wolf Pack player to get a shot off on goal
  • 2 minutes left in the game and off an offensive zone draw, Lukas Jasek gets dinged for interference and the Comets are off to the PK so that’ll be it for any late heroics
  • Comets pull Leighton to get the 5 on 5
  • MacEwen behind the play tries to engage in a fight with Darren Raddysh and he gets tossed

 

Final Score: 5-3 Hartford Wolf Pack

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Tanner Kero Cam Darcy Jesse Graham PPG
1st Hartford Bobby Butler SHG
2nd Hartford Shawn St. Amant Terrence Wallin Ville Meskanen 5V5
2nd Hartford Ryan Gropp Sean Day Ville Meskanen PPG
2nd Hartford Ville Meskanen Matt Beleskey 5v5
3rd Hartford Ryan Gropp Steven Fogarty Vinni Lettieri 5v5
3rd Utica Jesse Graham Brandon Anselmini Cam Darcy 5v5
3rd Utica Carter Bancks Stefan LeBlanc Brendan Gaunce SHG

 

Takeaways

 

  • wellp the wheels once again fell off after they got even a semblance of a game going tonight…8 penalties to be killed… and once again the team outshoots their opponent in a loss, this time 28 to 20… and again, brutal defensive gaffes cost the Comets a game.
  • that’s 7 straight losses for the Comets, 1-8-1-0 in their last ten…Belleville and Cleveland also picked up points on Saturday night as well, so with that the Comets fall down to 6th in the North Division…that’s probably that for the Comets season to be completely honest…With the injury to Chris Tanev, And Pouliot being Pouliot, I don’t see a scenario in which either Brisebois OR Sautner get sent back down to Utica. I’d like to think the Canucks use one of their remaining call-ups on Zack MacEwen to get a look to close out the season, but IIRC the roster is near max capacity right now.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Brandon Anselmini
  • Zack MacEwen
  • Vincent Arseneau

HM: Jesse Graham for ending the game with 2 points,

 

What’s Next?

 

The Comets are back in action this Wednesday as they face off against the Belleville Senators in what would’ve been an interesting matchup if the Comets had won yesterday and not collapsed again today..but instead it’ll probably be a pretty dull affair where once again I spend three hours crossing my fingers that the Comets do SOMETHING

 

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here Wednesday and as always 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!

3/15/19 – Utica Comets vs. Springfield Thunderbirds

Good evening Vancutica Camockets Fans! Its another night for the Farmies where we tune into to endure watch the Farm team attempt to play some competitive AHL hockey in the most competitive time of the season!

 

I’m obviously being hard on them for comedic effect, in reality, they played quite admirably against the division leading Rochester Americans on Wednesday; Tonight, the Comets face off against the Springfield Thunderbirds, a team that currently sits 7th place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division. The T-Birds have fared a bit better in the month of March, having alternated wins and losses their past 6 games.

 

The Comets have had the T-Birds number all season, winning 3 of their 4 matchups and outscoring them 11 to 6 in those games. Given the brutal depletion of the roster due to injuries and call-ups, plus the general awful puck luck hitting this team right now, I can’t say whether this should be a winnable game or not for the Comets… they ought to have beat Laval as well but blew that one pretty hard in a span of ten minutes…

 

Elsewhere in the AHL, a lot of marquee matchups in the battle for the final Calder Cup playoff spots as the Belleville Senators look to increase there lead on Utica with a game tonight against the Laval Rocket at home. So yeah as I’ve said like a broken record…pretty important games here down the stretch.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero MacEwen
Gaunce Woods Lind
Bancks Darcy Thomas
Arseneau Malone Gardiner
LD RD
Petgrave Chatfield
Anselmini Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

Looks like the new guy Seamus Malone, an ATO from the University of Wisconsin slides into his first pro game tonight on the 4th line with Vinny Arseneau and Reid Gardiner. No idea what to expect from him but Arseneau is a pretty solid buffer against the meatheads of the Springfield Thunderbirds, and Gardiner has a pretty decent shot so we’ll see what he can provide to this struggling Comets forward group.

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Blujus Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Pyatt Gadjovich
Out for the Season hand hand Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Concussion Upper Body Injury

 

Healthy Scratches
Saucerman
2

 

Looks like Boucher’s hand has been in a hand cast for the past week or so…. If his season is done too then oh boy that’s just another notch in the bad injury luck for the Canucks org.

As I wrote in last Wednesday’s Farmies, I’m not a fan of seeing Saucerman on the bench…I think he’s been one of the teams better two way defenders in the wake of call-up/injurygeddon.

 

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: 0-0 Tie

 

Interesting period…Comets look like it’s the first day of camp or something and nobody knows who anybody is…pass timing is completely off from nearly every line…and when they HAVE been able to cycle or get any passing going, they haven’t been able to get any shots on net. Utica was outshot 10 to 7 in the first period, I can’t imagine what the possession numbers were like, but it wasn’t looking too hot for the Comets in the first.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

I mean, aside from a few moments here and there and the late powerplay, the Comets once again just continue to struggle to complete quality passes. They had some good looks this period though and managed to outshoot Springfield 13 to 8, while shutting down 2 Springfield powerplays as well. Man do they miss having snipers on this team though…without Dahlen or Boucher on this team, the only real sniper left is MacEwen but he’s had to resort to being a playmaker in the wake of Dahlen/McEneny and Boucher’s absence…Doesn’t help this team when the only people left in the lineup who can score are also the only guys who are the only playmakers, and the Thunderbirds are doing a great job at shutting down the play creation or attempts to create offense by MacEwen, Jasek and Gaunce.

 

3rd Period

 

 

The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 1-1 Tie

 

Well that was impressive as fuck, Comets absolutel dominating the Thunderbirds with possession and pressure in the o-zone…lots of great looks and chances from MacEwen, Jasek, Kero and Anselmini…OT should be interesting for this squad.

 

Overtime

 

 

Final Score: 2-1 Springfield Thunderbirds

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
2nd Springfield Matt Mangene Ludwig Bystrom Juho Lammikko 5v5
3rd Utica Seamus Malone Zack MacEwen Tanner Kero 5v5
OT Springfield Anthony Greco PS

 

Takeaways

 

  • fuck man…this one hurt…this one legitimately hurt to watch…Comets outshoot Springfield 39 to 25…and lose on a fucking terrible play from Brendan Gaunce in the offensive zone as he fans on the shot, then has to force the penalty shot…after outshooting Springfield 3-0 in OT… just a brutal way for this team to lose…the streak was almost over…
  • Jasek, MacEwen, Kero and Anselmini had fantastic games despite the shitty first period…collectively the team no showed the first two periods really, but there 4 were hustling hard to try and get the momentum in the teams favor. I like Anselmini’s shot from the blueline, despite his size the guy packs a punch. Jasek ended the night with 5 shots on goal, MacEwen with 2, Kero with 3 and Anselmini with 2.
  • Seamus Malone looked pretty decent out there…he didn’t look completely out of his depth, which cant be said about a lot of the PTO’s and ATO’s that the team has tried in this lineup this year…had decent speed and skating, and clearly has a pretty decent shot! Wouldn’t be shocked to see him stick around after the end of this season.

 

Comets Three Stars

  • Lukas Jasek
  • Zack MacEwen
  • Brandon Anselmini

HM: Seamus Malone for ACTUALLY getting a puck in the net

 

What’s Next?

 

12 games left, the streak continues, but the Comets at least eke out a point, which is good because the Belleville Senators just lost tonight in a shootout, so that 4th and final playoff spot is still 1 win away. The bad news though is the Cleveland Monsters are up on the Chicago Wolves, which if they do win puts THEM 1 point behind Utica…so like I said the games right now couldn’t possibly be more do-or-die…which is why this loss AND the Laval loss were so fucking heartbreaking….they were doing everything so right and then it just takes that little lapse and boom the game blows up in their faces…brutal result.

 

Tomorrow the Comets are back in action against the Atlantic’s last place, Hartford Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack have had a much more successful March than the Comets, having won 4 of their last 7, needing extra time for all 4 of those victories however. The Comets despite their late dominance tonight haven’t had too much puck luck in the latter stages of games this month so they’ll have to beat Hartford early and try to not fuck it up in the final 10 minutes like they did against Laval…hoping nobody left tonight’s game with an injury, because this team desperately needs some chemistry, and while I think at least 2 lines were getting some momentum going tonight, I think another line shakeup might destroy what little momentum this team carried into tonight’s final frames.

 

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here tomorrow (or possibly Sunday, depending on if I get drunk again and completely forget about the game) and as always 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!

3/13/19 – Utica Comets vs. Rochester Americans

Good evening Canuckets fans, it’s the Farmies back at it again with another thrilling recap!

 

The last time we saw the Comets they were 10 minutes away from ending a 3 game road before they gave up 4 unanswered goals to the Laval Rocket; increasing their point-less streak to 4 games, and bringing them to a 1-6-1-0 record in their last 8 games.

Earlier this week the Comets also saw their hold of that 4th and final playoff spot in the AHL’s North Division disappear as the Belleville Senators beat the Toronto Marlies to gain a 2 point lead over the Comets. I’ve said it I think the last 4 games regarding the “must-win, or at the very least earn a point” nature of these games, but I’m not even going to bother at this point…you all know the drill, they know the drill…but if they cant even hold onto a 2 goal lead with ten minutes remaining in a game against the 2nd worst team in the division, then tonight’s game against the 1st place team in the North Division probably wont be too good if they give up a lead or even manage to earn one.

 

Yes , I know I’m being pretty doom and gloom, but its not even how bad the team has looked in the wake of all the call-ups this past couple weeks, but it’s that Evan McEneny was officially declared “done for the season” by Trent Cull; it’s the fact that that the team has no intentions of getting any NCAA prospects to the farm in this final stretch; it’s the fact that the teams most potent goalscorer is out with a hand injury with no established timetable for return; it’s that the teams #1 center has looked lost since his return from injury; it’s Tom Pyatt being out with a concussion after an innocuous collision into the boards; it’s … well it’s everything… everything is just NOT going the Comets way… and I genuinely worry how this is going to effect the remaining young guns we have left on this squad who are still struggling to earn every minute of ice they get.

 

I have no expectations for tonight’s game, frankly, anything other than giving up 4 unanswered in 10 minutes will be seen as a marked improvement on this team’s ability…but again given how close they are to that final playoff spot, it would be great to see this team try and eke out SOMETHING tonight.

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Jasek Kero MacEwen
Gaunce Woods Lind
Bancks Darcy Thomas
Gadjovich Gardiner Arseneau
LD RD
Petgrave Chatfield
Anselmini Sifers
LeBlanc Graham
G
Marek Mazanec

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Blujus Juolevi McEneny Hamilton Pyatt
Out for the Season hand hand Out for the season Out for the season Neck Injury Concussion

 

Healthy Scratches
Saucerman
1

 

Looks like Stefan LeBlanc returns to the lineup after missing the last 3 games with injury. Saucerman slids out of the lineup, which to me is baffling…Petgrave looked alright in his first game with the Comets, but Saucerman has been much more reliable in both ends of the play in every game he’s played in…

 

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 Tie

 

Pretty competitive 1st period from the Comets, outshot marginally 9 to 7; Comets playing a good physical game throughout the period, quite a few good hits from each line, have a feeling Brendan Woods is going to score tonight…he’s had a few good looks tonight already playing with Lind and Gaunce. All things considered, I liked the battle of the team so far and the plays being generated by the play of our rookies.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

A bit of a rougher period for the Comets; penalty killers with their work cut out for them this period, 3 successful kills with extra props to guys like Jaime Sifers and Stefan LeBlanc for double or even triple shifting on those kills. Comets outshoot the Amurks 10 to 7 that period. Once again Brendan Woods with a really strong period, lot of turnovers created by him on the blue line and a couple breakaway chances as well…just needs to work that shot…maybe Elias Pettersson could run shooting drills in the offseason for the entire Canucks organization

 

3rd Period

 

 

Final Score: 3-0 Rochester Americans

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
3rd Rochester CJ Smith Victor Olofsson Rasmus Asplund 5V5
3rd Rochester Taylor Leier Andrew Oglevie 5v5
3rd Rochester Victor Olofsson CJ Smith Wayne Simpson PPG

 

Takeaways

 

¯_(ツ)_/¯

 

I mean all things considered, they were in this game for 2 of 3 periods against the best team in the division…but man when this team unravels they unravel HARD.

 

Comets Three Stars

I don’t even know at this point

 

What’s Next?

 

13 Games left in the season now; a 5 game losing streak; the major players of this squad are invisible or out for the season; or playing for San Jose…pretty crazy how not but one month ago I was applauding this group for their 8 game point streak despite their struggles and the losses in added time…but here we are 5 straight regulation losses; outscored 20 to 7 in that time…I don’t know what this team can do to try and make it happen…but it’s genuinely looking like it just won’t happen.

 

Despite the penalties and giveaways I’ll still contend that Lukas Jasek and Brendan Woods had solid games tonight, Kole Lind had a solid first two periods, but as he usually does, was pretty invisible in the final frame…which could have also done with that fact that team spent 8 of the 20 minutes penalty killing…

 

That first unit powerplay needs an overhaul – I don’t think Graham is a good puck distributor; He has the wheels but the play usually ends with him struggling to find a lane to pass to.

1st unit: Anselmini, Kero, Gaunce, Gardiner, MacEwen

2nd unit: Saucerman, Darcy, Lind, Jasek, Woods,

 

Jasek has had great passing chemistry with Darcy Lind AND Woods in the past few weeks, and Anselmini has looked like a great puck distributor and has a wicked shot from the blue line that can get through traffic, Graham honestly should be slotted as a forward if on a powerplay, but his shot from the blue line requires a lot of time and a lot of space which this team right now, cant appear to create for him.

 

The penalty killing groups have been absolutely fine, but the discipline of this team has been shit lately…of course they’re going to be constantly giving up late goals if they’re taking ¾ penalties in the final frame of every period. That’s a fuck load of extra work on these guys that are ALSO playing 1st/2nd line minutes.

 

The team returns this Friday against the Springfield Thunderbirds, and usually those games are quite spirited affairs so hopefully we get some more highlights out of that one. Anyways, apologies there wasn’t much in tonight’s issue, but I do hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here on Friday and as always 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!

 

3/9/19 – Utica Comets vs. Laval Rocket

Hello my fellow R/Canuckians, I hope you’re all enjoying the meetup. I kind of wished I hopped on board, but the demands of the Farm kept me from being able to commit, maybe next time though!

 

Tonight however the farm are up against it as they desperately need points to stay alive in the Calder Playoff race. With Will Lockwood and Quinn Hughes seasons in the NCAA being done, I truly wonder if we’ll maybe get to see them in Utica. Lord know the Farm could use some young speedy talent on this squad.

 

As for tonight’s lineup looks like the only changes being made is Leighton in for Mazanec as starter, and Pyatt getting swapped to the first line with Kero and MacEwen; the Gaunce/Kero/Mac line just looked to have no chemistry besides being able to gain the zone, but their collective timing as a group was awful. I’m glad he’s keeping Darcy and Jasek together, but I actually wish MacEwen was on that right side…Darcy and Jasek have been playing great hockey the last 5/6 games but have lacked a finisher, wheras MacEwen had been without Kero (the first lines playmaker), so I’d kind of like to see a switch up around the top 6 to try generate some offense….otherwise if nothing changes, I’m just hoping the team can start to gel; they had SOME creative play setups last night but the firepower was seriously lacking. Maybe against this struggling Laval Rocket team they can start to put it together here. Fingers crossed!

 

Starting Lineup

 

LW C RW
Pyatt Kero MacEwen
Jasek Darcy Bancks
Gaunce Woods Lind
Arseneau Gardiner Gadjovich
LD RD
Anselmini Sifers
Petgrave Chatfield
Saucerman Graham
G
Michael Leighton

 

RE: INJURY REPORT

 

Injury Report
Bachman Boucher Blujus Juolevi LeBlanc McEneny Hamilton
Out for the Season undisclosed hand Out for the season Undisclosed Lower body injury Undisclosed

 

Healthy Scratches
Thomas
6

 

I have sources that indicate the McEneny injury isn’t looking too good which if true, will be devastating to this teams D-core…Even if Brisebois came back, that void is just not going to be filled…maybe if Quinn Hughes joined them it would be a remarkable improvement, but I doubt JB is going to have his top prospect chill in Utica when they themselves need some firepower on the blue line.

 

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

 

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.

 

1st period

 

Comets in White

 

 

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

 

Really solid period from the boys, they successfully kill the bullk of the Darcy penalty, they outshoot Laval 9 to 7 and score off a great play from Brendan Woods. Darcy and Jasek continue to show great chemistry on the ice, hopefully they can find the back of the net together because they’ve been dominant in their shifts.

 

2nd Period

 

 

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

 

Damn solid period of hockey from the Comets in that one! Outshooting the Rocket 13 to 10, the Comets were pressuring hard, setting up a lot of plays from in tight on the net, relying way more on control entries as opposed to the dump-and-chase game that just doesn’t ever seem to work for them. Glad to see Chatfield get a point on that last play, he was all over the ice fishing the puck and got a great tap-in feed to Arseneau there to regain the lead.

 

3rd Period

 

  • Tom Pyatt not on the bench to start the third; Don’t recall him taking a hard hit or blocking any shots…interesting
  • Lind(#13) with a beauty of a takeaway in the Rocket’s end then a beauty saucer pass to Gaunce(#16 ) on his right side but Lindgren makes the save
  • about 99% sure the Rocket just played the myfreecams donation noise prior to their 50/50 prize draw…not that I know what that is, or have heard it
  • Zack MacEwen gets high-sticked pretty hard and the Comets are off to their 3rd powerplay of the night
  • Without Pyatt on that first Unit it definitely opens the door for someone else to play that spot on the wall, who hopefully can control better
  • First group: Gardiner, Graham, Kero, Darcy, MacEwen
  • MacEwen tries 2 shots in close but the Rocket clears so group 2 comes out: Saucerman, Jasek, Lind, Anselmini, Gaunce
  • GOAL – UTICA – 3-1 Comets: Wow, seconds after the powerplay ends, Jasek(#9) picks up a rebound off Leighton’s pads, rushes to center then gets a great feed on a speeding Woods(#21) who goes top shelf on a stunned Lindgren and the comets are up by 2. Great heads up pass from Jasek
  • Gadjovich out on a line with Kero and MacEwen in the wake of Pyatts absence. And he aggressively forechecks to try and set up Kero but Kero misses the puck…too bad, great aggression from him on that one
  • Daniel Audette takes his second penalty in a row this time interfering with Jesse Graham, so the Comets are on their 4th powerplay of the night
  • 1st Group: Kero, Darcy, MacEwen, Graham, Gardiner
  • Kind of wished they had Darcy behind the net, and MacEwen in the roaming spot in front of the net, Darcy’s passing while playing with Jasek has been quite solid
  • Saucerman(#39) gives a shove to Michael Pezzetta from behind in the Rocket’s end and Pezzetta baits the tripping penalty
  • Game is at a brief 4v4, before a minute or so of penalty killing
  • GOAL – LAVAL – 3-2 Comets: Well I mean you can’t fault the team on this one, a weak penalty call on Saucerman, and an uncontrolled rebound by Leighton lets Alexandre Alain whack the puck in behind the net cutting the Comets lead to 1
  • Arseneau with a few good looks in the Rocket zone, couple great centering feeds
  • Darcy(#11) mishandles the puck leading to a HUGE scoring chance for Alex Grenier as the puck is sitting wide open in Leightons crease as he’s sprawled out on his stomach, Darcy with a good recovery there to plug up the crease and prevent any chances
  • GOAL – LAVAL – 3-3 Tie: Damn tragic, Jasek(#9) makes a clutch block on a shot from the blue line but the pass goes behind the net where the Comets sit and watch as he sets up Alex Grenier for the one-timer. Seriously, 3 Comets sitting in the front of the net with no sticks on their checks
  • GOAL – LAVAL – 4-3 Rocket: holy moly, the Rocket pressuring hard late as a beauty through-the-legs pass from Alex Grenier to Joe Cox who roofs it past Leighton’s glove side…2 goals in 34 seconds…
  • The Comets sit back for just a few minutes and the lead is gone just like that…brutal result
  • Leighton is pulled and its 6 on 5 with less than 2 minutes remaining
  • After that game tying goal I cannot believe Cull didn’t call a time out to let the Comets get their senses back
  • Darcy(#11) with a huge chance late after picking up a rebound off a Reid Gardiner(#14) shot
  • GOAL – LAVAL – 5-3 Rocket: Off the ensuing play, Alexandre Alain plays give and go to Lukas Vejdemo who sinks the empty netter to secure the win for Laval as they rattle off 4 unanswered in the 3rd period to win it in regulation. Brutal.

 

Final Score: 5-3 Laval Rocket

 

Scoresheet

 

Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Kole Lind Brendan Woods Matt Petgrave 5v5
2nd Laval Cale Fleury Lukas Vejdemo PPG
2nd Utica Vincent Arseneau Jalen Chatfield Colton Saucerman 5v5
3rd Utica Brendan Woods Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Laval Alexandre Alain Cale Fleury Alexandre Grenier PPG
3rd Laval Alexandre Grenier Joe Cox Cale Fleury 5v5
3rd Laval Joe Cox Alexandre Grenier Jake Evans 5v5
3rd Laval Lukas Vejdemo Alexandre Alain EN

 

Takeaways

  • What a disappointment…here I was about to be relieved to write something positive for a change… but nope, 4 straight unanswered goals on 12 shots in the third period, unacceptable that this team would be sitting back trying to protect their lead after that powerplay goal…unacceptable that the coach elected to not call a timeout after the tying goal less than 5 minutes later… Comets managed to outshoot Laval 34 to 30, but at the end of the game they just fucked it up defensively. Way too much sitting around and watching the Laval team pass the puck in their (Comets) end for my liking, ESPECIALLY considering they were trying to sit on a lead…how are you just standing idly by watching plays unfold…play the body, stick lift…literally anything other than nothing…
  • I think the most disappointing thing about this game was, Tom Pyatt left the game and that opened the ice for Jasek, Lind and Gadjovich to get more ice time, and they were thriving with it, (Gadjovich and Lind ended the night with a +/- of 1, and Lukas broke even at 0). I’m beginning to think Pyatt is pretty ineffective in his role with this team…stick him on the fourth line and just leave Gadjovich with Kero and MacEwen on the first line…we know what we have in Pyatt and it isn’t anything game changing, Gadjovich is skating hard, finishing checks, fighting hard on every offensive drive, ending 99% of his shifts in the offensive zone after starting in the dzone or at neutral…get Pyatt out of that top line spot and lets start seeing what the young kids can do. Clearly this team isn’t capable of going on a run for the Calder with this lineup. Even with Woods, Jasek, Darcy, Lind, Arseneau and Gadjovich playing great hockey, they still can’t get it done if Tanner Kero is playing his worst hockey or with a d-core that is plucked straight out of the ECHL.

 

Comets Three Stars

  1. Vincent Arseneau
  2. Jonah Gadjovich
  3. Lukas Jasek

HM: Kole Lind, for breaking his drought and the Comets first period no-scoring jinx…and HM to Brendan Woods who wasn’t useless tonight but actually playing to probably what he should be providing on a nightly basis.

 

What’s Next?

 

Well, like Vegas vs Vancouver, this game probably just killed the Comets hopes of securing a Calder spot…4 straight losses in the most pivotal games of the season….McEneny doesn’t look to be coming back, Gaudette, Sautner and Schenn weren’t papered so they’re gone, Quinn Hughes is going to Vancouver if he even decides to turn pro…MAYBE this team gets Will Lockwood? But that’s quite unlikely, the kid has 1 year left of University, so he might as well finish his schooling to prep himself for life after hockey. But yeah…this was a rough one…they had the game in the palm of their hands and blew it.

 

It doesn’t get any easier either, as the next game for the Comets is this upcoming Wednesday when they face off against the North Divisions second best team the Rochester Americans. The Comets LAST beat the Americans on February 9th at home when the team had, Sautner, Schenn, Gaudette, Dahlen and McEneny in the lineup…without those great core players, in their other two games against the Amurks in February, the Comets got outshot 68 to 50, and outscored 7 to 4….I’m not saying its hopeless…but if tonight’s 4 unanswered against the 7th place in the North Laval Rocket is any indicator…it wont be good for the boys on the Farm….that is unless…they commit to just blowing up the lines in the wake of all the call-ups and injuries and start overloading their top 6 with the young-guns and try to kick shit into gear.

 

Until that gear is found though, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, I’ll see you all back here on Wednseady and as always 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!