Comets Rewind - Apr. 14, 2014
It has been an exciting turnaround for the Utica Comets (33-31-5-4) the last half of the season, but after a loss on Sunday they will need to win all three of their remaining games, and get help, to make it to the post-season.
Thursday, April 10: Utica Comets 3 – Lake Erie Monsters 2 (OT)
-Pascal Pelletier (19) scored the game-winner just 24 seconds into overtime to lift the Comets to a 3-2 win over the Monsters on Thursday.
-Brandon DeFazio (17) and Jeremy Welsh (6) also tallied for the Comets, who went 1-for-3 on the power play.
-Cal O’Reilly picked up two assists in the game, while Alex Friesen, Patrick Kennedy, Kellan Lain and Henrik Tommernes all finished with one helper.
-Joacim Eriksson turned aside 19 of the 21 shots he faced in goal for the Comets.
-Utica outshot Lake Erie by a count of 32-21, including 9-3 in the opening 20 minutes.
-Alex Mallet took on Monsters forward Mitchell Heard in a second period scrap.
-DeFazio led the way for the Comets in the shots department with six on the night, while Pelletier and Yann Sauve both had four.
Friday, April 11: Utica Comets 3 – Lake Erie Monsters 2 (SO)
-Alex Friesen’s first shootout attempt of the season proved to be successful, lifting the Comets to a thrilling 3-2 come from behind win on Friday.
-Cal O’Reilly (6) and Jeremy Welsh (7) provided the offence for the Comets, who trailed 2-0 in the later stages of the third period.
-With just 18 seconds left on the clock, the Comets were whistled for Too Many Men, even though it appeared they only had three skaters on the ice at the time the call was made.
-Joe Cannata made 28 saves between the barber poles for the Comets.
-After overtime solved nothing, Friesen opened the shootout with a goal, while Cannata stopped all four shooters he faced.
-Friesen led all Comets skaters with six shots on goal, while also picking up one assist on the night.
-DeFazio, Kent Huskins and Patrick Kennedy also had helpers in the game.
-Utica outshot Lake Erie 37-30 on the night, including 11-6 in the middle stanza.
Sunday, April 13: Adirondack Phantoms 2 – Utica Comets 1
-Pascal Pelletier (20) opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period but that was all the offence the Comets could muster, falling 2-1 to the Phantoms on Sunday.
-Brandon DeFazio and Cal O’Reilly had the assists on the Pelletier goal, which was his 20th of the season, the first Comet to do so this season.
-Joacim Eriksson made 31 saves in goal for the Comets.
-DeFazio and Alex Friesen both finished with a team-high five shots on goal.
Comet of the Week
Brandon DeFazio has been a model of consistency for the Comets since the beginning of February, having not gone two consecutive games without a point, and this week was no different as the Oakville, Ontario product posted three points (1-2-3) and 15 shots on goal in three games. DeFazio has 34 points (17-17-34) and a team-high plus-7 rating along with 92 penalty-minutes in 73 games this season. Despite his point production, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has not registered a single multi-point game all season.
The Comets will close out the regular season with three home games this coming week starting on Wednesday against the Rochester Americans (35-27-6-5). The Toronto Marlies (43-24-2-4) come to town on Friday night before the Comets close out the season on Saturday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (42-24-3-5).