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CanucksArmy Utica Comets Post-Game: Comets Soil The Sheets, Give Up Four Unanswered Goals In 5-3 Loss

Utica Comets Post-Game Report

Game #22

Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific


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Scratched Today For Utica

  1. Olli Juolevi: LD – Lower-body ailment, no timeframe. NHL deal.
  2. Wacey Hamilton: C/W – Upper-body injury, week-to-week. AHL deal.
  3. Richard Bachman: G – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  4. Jalen Chatfield: RD – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  5. Dylan Blujus: BD – Undisclosed injury, no timeframe. AHL deal.
  6. Vincent Arseneau: LW/RW – Upper-body injury, day-to-day. AHL deal.
  7. Justin Taylor: C/W – Healthy scratch. PTO.

Comets Starting Lines

(First line/defence pair listed started the game. The remainder are in no particular order)

21 Jonah Gadjovich – 9 Lukas Jasek – 95 Justin Bailey

27 Francis Perron – 19 Carter Camper – 13 Kole Lind

47 Sven Baertschi – 17 Seamus Malone – 24 Reid Boucher (A)

74 Tanner Sorenson – 34 Carter Bancks (C) – 26 Dyson Stevenson

3 Stefan LeBlanc – 6 Ashton Sautner (A)

55 Guillaume Brisebois – 25 Brogan Rafferty

4 Josh Teves – 52 Mitch Eliot

64 Mikey DiPietro

31 Zane McIntyre (backing up)

First Period

Okay, folks… full disclosure, AHLTV sucked today. We had no audio and the video quality/camera work was less than stellar as well. As such, this will be a somewhat abbreviated post-game with less detail than I normally like to provide.

Mikey DiPietro was making his second straight start and today he was up against Kasimir Kaskisuo at the other end.

DiPietro picked up where he left off yesterday and shut down an early chance before the Comets went the other way.

Josh Teves has been a healthy scratch more than he’d probably like this year but he was back in the lineup today and looking to make an impression with a solid hit at the offensive blue line.

Guillaume Brisebois was dinged for tripping at the 3:31 mark and the Comets were off to the kill. Jasek, Bancks, Sautner, and LeBlanc got things started. DiPietro flashed the leather for an early save on Jeremy Bracco before Boucher and Bailey took over up front. LeBlanc and Sautner were unable to change up before Adam Brooks tipped in a cross-ice feed from Bracco for his third goal of the season. Bracco grabbed his 15th helper of the year on the play, while Pontius Aberg earned his 14th.

Matt Read followed up with a nifty how’s she goin’ to get around his man before getting his shot away. DiPietro came up with a big stop.

Jonah Gadjovich continued his strong play and answered back for the Comets at the 7:32 mark when he and Justin Bailey set up camp in the Marlies net-front and were left unattended long enough to knot the game at one. The goal was the fourth of the season for Jonah, while Bailey grabbed his seventh helper of the year on the play and Lukas Jasek earned his third.

We had some back and forth before DiPietro came up with another game-saver on Adam Brooks before Sautner and Malone had chances denied by Kaskisuo at the other end. Boucher came back looking for a goal with a shot off the left side that Kaskisuo gloved down before he swallowed up the Carter Camper chance that followed.

Baertschi and Boucher tried to hook up for a chance off the rush but Kaskisuo was ready with another save. Matt Read went the other way for a two-on-one with Hudson Elynuik but DiPietro shut his chance down.

Reid Boucher was sent off for a high-stick at the 15:09 mark and the Comets were off to the kill.

Bancks, Jasek, LeBlanc, and Sautner started things off again before Bailey and Perron took over up front while Brisebois and Rafferty joined them. DiPietro came up with a save through traffic before Bancks and Jasek went the other way and Carter Bancks did… well, he did this to set up Jasek for his fourth goal of the season. The shorthanded marker earned Bancks his fourth helper of the year while Brogan Rafferty earned his 13th.

They won’t come much easier than that for Lukas.

This was where the cameraman took a shift off as Kole Lind and Rasmus Sandin threw down soon after, but I couldn’t tell you how the fight went. They were both sent off for fighting and the period wound down with each team showing eight shots for the opening frame.

Your first-period shot map:

Second Period

We had some early back and forth in the middle frame before Carter Camper showed some good hustle to get a shot away that was denied by the Marlies netminder. That chance was the result of another turnover forced by the Comets. The team has been doing solid work on that front of late.

Josh Teves let fly with a long shot through traffic that was swallowed up by Kaskisuo before DiPietro denied a pair of chances from Nicholas Baptiste and Matt Bradley at the other end. The Marlies applied some pressure but the Comets were able to break back out the other way.

Adam Brooks has some serious wheels and he showed them when he got in behind the Comets defence for a chance but he put his offering off the target. At the other end, Baertschi had a chance of his own turned aside before Teemu Kivihalme was sent off for tripping.

It took just over a minute for Justin Bailey to get a piece of a Reid Boucher bomb and the Comets were up 3-1. The goal was Bailey’s sixth of the season, while Boucher grabbed his ninth helper of the year and Brogan Rafferty earned his 14th. A lot of Rafferty’s points have come in the form of secondary helpers, but the man is piling up the points.

Carter Bancks was hit in the numbers by Egor Korshkov soon after and we saw Dyson Stevenson jump in to protect the Captain. Korshkov was given two for roughing and two more for boarding, while Stevenson got two for roughing as well.

Garrett Wilson had a shorthanded chance denied by DiPietro before Boucher had a shot through traffic denied at the other end. The Comets would have a brief two-man advantage as Baptiste was sent off for a slash while Korshkov was still doing time. The Comets ended up coming away empty-handed.

Tanner MacMaster tried his luck with a point shot through traffic and once again the Comets rookie netminder was there with the save. There was a little more back and forth as Mitch Eliot let fly with a shot off the right side that was steered aside by Kaskisuo before Darren Archibald had his shot redirected wide of the net by Brooks.

Wilson was dinged for hooking at the 19:13 mark and the Comets would finish the middle frame up a man. Utica showed a 6-4 advantage on the shot clock for the second period.

Your second-period shot map:

Third Period

The Comets were looking pretty good going into the final frame as they had a 3-1 lead… boy oh boy what a difference a period makes. The Marlies managed to storm back with four unanswered goals as the wheels abandoned the Comets wagon in a big way.

Utica even got to start this period with a power-play as Garrett Wilson was still in the box serving time for his tripping infraction from the final minute of frame two.

Rafferty tried his luck with a shot through traffic that was denied by Kaskisuo, as was the chance that followed and the Comets power play came up empty.

At the other end of the ice, Kivihalme let fly with a point shot that DiPietro kicked aside before Carter Camper and Sven Baertschi found themselves with a chance of their own in the Marlies end. Camper dished to Baertschi for a chance in close but his shot was steered out of play by the Marlies netminder.

Matt Read put the Comets back on the power play at the 4:37 mark when he was dinged for tripping. That man advantage lasted just under 20 seconds as Mitch Eliot was fingered for interference to put the teams to four aside.

It was around this time when the Marlies started to take over as the Comets spent much of the four aside play hemmed in their own end where DiPietro had to be sharp to shut down a Timothy Liljegren offering from in close. The Comets would kill the Eliot minor off.

The Marlies continued to press and Boucher was soon sent off for tripping at the 6:53 mark and it was back to the kill once again for the Comets.

The Comets managed to kill this one off, but the Marlies would score soon after Boucher came out of the box to pull within a goal. It was Hudson Elyniuk doing the damage with his first goal of the season when he redirected a Jordan Schmaltz point shot past DiPietro. Schmaltz picked up his eighth helper of the year on the play, while Tanner MacMaster grabbed his eighth as well.

Less than a minute later, the Marlies had evened the game at three on an Adam Brooks tally. There was a scramble in the Comets crease and Brooks had the puck pop right out to him and he made no mistake for his fourth goal of the season. Egor Korshkov picked up his seventh helper of the year on the play, while Martin Marincin earned his first.

That was a tough little stretch of hockey for the Comets and the Marlies weren’t taking their foot off the throttle as DiPietro had to stretch out to come up with another big save after the Brooks goal. We had some back and forth before Mikey D came up with another big stop in close but the Marlies kept pressing.

Jesper Lindgren made it a 4-3 game at the 14:45 mark when he beat DiPietro for his first of the season as well. The Comets proved to be the tonic that a couple of these Marlies needed in order to get off the schneid. Brooks picked up his sixth helper of the year on the Lindgren marker, while Jeremy Bracco picked up his 16th.

The Comets tried to get that one back with a small flurry of chances in a net-front scramble, but Kaskisuo was equal to the task.

Adam Brooks salted this one away on a nice two-on-one with Bracco. Brooks grabbed his fifth goal of the year, and his third of the game, while Bracco earned his 17th assist of the season on the play. Former Comets forward Darren Archibald picked up the secondary helper for his second of the season.

The Comets pulled DiPietro with roughly 1:30 remaining but they were unable to make anything happen. Kole Lind and Tanner MacMaster decided to make things interesting in the final minute when they came together for a discussion. Both men were sent for an early shower after being given 10-minute misconducts for their actions.

That was it for this one as the Comets start the month of December with a loss to a division rival.

The Marlies finished the final frame up 10-6 on the shot clock while also holding a 22-shots-to-20 advantage for the game.

Your third-period shot map:

Today’s Official Boxscore

Roster News

Jalen Chatfield was a conspicuous healthy scratch to start this game and it led me to wonder if he had been recalled in the wake of Alex Edler being injured in yesterday’s Canucks game.

After the Comets game ended, we got this tweet from the club.

Comets Goals:

  1. Jonah Gadjovich (4) from Justin Bailey (7) and Lukas Jasek (3).
  2. Lukas Jasek (3) from Carter Bancks (4) and Brogan Rafferty (13). Shorthanded goal.
  3. Justin Bailey (6) from Reid Boucher (9) and Brogan Rafferty (14). Power play goal.

Special Teams:

Power Play: 1/6.

PP1: Boucher, Baertschi, Bailey, Lind, Rafferty.

PP2: Camper, Perron, Gadjovich, Jasek, Eliot.

Penalty Kill: 4/5.

Penalty Killers: Bancks, Jasek, Bailey, Boucher, Perron, Baertschi, Sautner, Brisebois, LeBlanc, Rafferty, Eliot.

The Three Stars in the building today were:

3rd Star: Brogan Rafferty. Two assists.

2nd Star: Jeremy Bracco. Three assists.

1st Star: Adam Brooks. Three goals, one assist.

CanucksArmy’s Three Stars:

3rd Star: Carter Bancks. The Captain is getting this star, based purely on his ridiculous set up on the shorthanded marker by Lukas Jasek. That’s it, that’s all.

2nd Star: Justin Bailey. Bailey picked up a goal and a helper today and is now up to 13 points in 22 games. I’d like to see the speedy winger start to pot a few more goals as he seems to get his share of opportunities in nearly every game, but he is providing some solid secondary scoring while showing well as an effective penalty killer. His speed makes him dangerous when his team is a man down.

1st Star: Brogan Rafferty. The first-year defender picked up another pair of helpers this weekend to give him four points over the two games this weekend. he is now up to 16 points in 22 games and is on pace for a 55 point season. Nine of Brogan’s 14 assists are of the secondary nature, but the fact that he is doing something that no other Canucks defence prospect has done in Utica has to bee seen as a positive. There is still a lot of time left in the season and it is yet to be seen if Rafferty can keep this pace up, but I, for one, am enjoying the ride while he is producing like a top-level defender right now. At the time of this writing, Rafferty is the top-scoring rookie defender in the AHL. Former Canuck Derrick Pouliot, Brennan Menell, Alex Petrovic, and Alexandre Carrier are the only defencemen ahead of Brogan in AHL scoring this season.

Next Game

Game #23

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Utica Comets

Friday, December 6th, 2019

7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific