Utica Comets Calder Cup Postgame: Comets Bounce Back, But Suffer Another OT Loss

Rhys Jessop
June 07 2015 07:17PM

After a disappointing first game, the Utica Comets put together a much better game 2 as they tried to tie their Calder Cup final series against the Manchester Monarchs at one game apiece. While it was a far better effort than Saturday's, Utica simply could not contain the Monarchs for the full 60 minutes or on special teams, and couldn't beat Jean-Francois Berube more than once.

In a similar fashion as last game, the Comets were able to hang on until overtime, but Manchester eventually broke through with an OT winner, giving themselves a 2-0 lead in the series. Join us after the jump for some thoughts on tonight's Comets game.

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Utica Comets Calder Cup Postgame: Comets Drop Game 1 in OT

Rhys Jessop
June 06 2015 08:02PM

We knew going in to tonight that the Manchester Monarchs were the toughest test that the Utica Comets could possibly face this post season. Los Angeles' farm team had breezed through their bracket, dispatching their first two opponents in five games each before sweeping Hartford in the 3rd round. Much like their parent club, they are a dominant possession team that gives up next to nothing in terms of shots or chances.

Unlike the Kings though, Manchester possesses the most dominant offensive trio in the AHL, with Jordan Weal, Brian O'Neill, and Michael Mersch having lit up the playoffs so far. Jacob Markstrom did his best to hold the Comets in the game tonight, but the Monarchs attack was just too much in the end, as they were able to dispose of Utica 3-2 in overtime of game 1.

Join us after the jump to see what went down.

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Bob McKenzie Reveals Consensus Draft Rankings; Who Do the Canucks Pick?

Rhys Jessop
June 05 2015 05:51PM

Twitter was abuzz with some good old fashioned prospecting this morning, as The Godfather himself Bob McKenzie unveiled his consensus top-75 draft rankings for this month's upcoming entry draft (you can click here to view McKenzie's top-75 as well as player profiles from Craig Button). McKenzie's rankings carry a lot of weight because they're not actually his rankings per se, but rather an industry survey of a variety of scouts that work for NHL teams.

McKenzie's rankings are also generally the most accurate prognosticator of the first round, meaning he's usually bang-on in terms of the range of picks a guy will be selected in. With that in mind, let's take a look at the five players who surround Vancouver's 23rd overall selection to see what should be on the board.

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Benning: "Markstrom is ready now to play in the NHL"

Rhys Jessop
June 03 2015 05:36PM

Vancouver Cancuks General Manager Jim Benning joined the Sekeres and Price show on TSN radio this morning to talk about Jacob Markstrom's play down in Utica, among other Comets news and notes. While there wasn't a whole ton in the way of new information, Benning did drop an interesting tidbit in regards to how Vancouver's goaltending situation is going to play out this upcoming summer.

Is Benning's confidence in Markstrom misplaced? What does this mean for Eddie Lack? We'll investigate after the jump.

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Cole Cassels and the Oshawa Generals Win 2015 Memorial Cup

Rhys Jessop
May 31 2015 09:03PM

After a monster regular season and an even better playoff run, Canucks prospect Cole Cassels is now a Memorial Cup champion after his Oshawa Generals beat the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets 2-1 in an overtime thriller. The Generals leaned heavily all tournament long, and although he didn't score in the final, he was tasked with playing heavy minutes and shutting down Edmonton Oilers prospect and tournament MVP Leon Draisaitl in the final game of the CHL's season.

Cassels was one of the OHL's best players for Oshawa's entire playoff run, scoring 10 goals and 21 assists in 21 games to help the Generals punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup, and added one goal and 3 assists in 3 Memorial Cup games.

Congratulations to Cole and the rest of the Generals on a fantastic season!

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