Comets Lose, Set Stage for First Win at Home
Despite a three-goal comeback which tied the score in the third period, the Utica Comets failed to win their first-ever game on Saturday night in Rochester following a 6-4 loss to the Americans. The loss sets the stage for the Comets to earn that first-ever franchise victory in front of a sell-out home opener crowd on Wednesday night.
The Comets out shot Rochester 43 to 26, but it wasn't enough for the visitors who gave up six goals on the night.
Utica Comets Beat Reporter Don Laible Filed this Audio Report:
With 2:08 left to play in regulation with the score tied at four, the Americans would take the lead for good. A 3-on-2 Americans rush ended with a Gauthier-Leduc shot from the face-off circle that deflected off Eriksson's blocker and into the net. An empty net goal from Sulzer with :02 remaining would wrap up the scoring for the night.
The Comets finished the game 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Americans capitalized on three of their six power plays.
The Utica Comets next game is Wednesday night vs. the Albany Devils. The Home Opener has already sold out and Fan Fest is scheduled for before the game.
Lineup Note: During the game the Vancouver Canucks announced that they have re-called Jeremy Welsh from the Comets.
Tickets to all Comets games are on sale now through the Utica Comets front office. Call 315-790-9070 or stop by the Utica Memorial Auditorium.