Comets Win on Winning Tuesday
Joacim Eriksson was back in the net and the Comets were giving free tickets out if the locals pulled off a win on Tuesday night and all ended well.
Utica made it two in a row as they defeated the Chicago Wolves 2-1, in the inaugural meeting between the two franchises. In a battle of familiar faces, with 11 of Utica’s 24 skaters being Wolves last season, the Comets came out on top to earn their first set of back-to-back wins of 2014.
Don Liable’s Report:
Frank Corrado and Benn Ferriero each scored for the Comets, who improved to
13-20-2-3 this season. Joacim Eriksson, in his first start with the Comets
after a spell with Vancouver, made 22 of 23 saves for his ninth victory of
the season. Chicago got a 28-save effort from AHL All-Star Jake Allen, who
kept the Wolves in the game despite a 30-23 shot differential in favor of
Utica posted a dominant 15-5 shots on goal advantage during the first
period, but could not solve Allen. Utica’s best chance of the period came
off a 2-on-1 break between Alexandre Grenier and Darren Archibald, but the
Chicago netminder slid across and made an outstanding glove save on Grenier’
s bid. Eriksson was perfect as well in the period, despite facing just the
Chicago got on the board first, just 1:26 into the second period, courtesy
of a deflected effort from Ty Rattie. The Portland Winterhawks product
picked up his team leading 14th goal of the season as he got his stick on a
point effort from defenseman Taylor Chorney. Dmitrij Jaskin also picked up
an assist on the play.
Utica leveled at the 13:03 mark of the second, as Jensen took a feed from
Cal O’Reilly to beat Allen for the first time. Jensen caught his teammate’s
pass on his backhand, did a full spin and fired a wristshot past Allen’s
blocker for his fifth goal over Utica’s past six games. Benn Ferriero
extended his scoring streak to six games with the secondary assist on the
Corrado gave Utica a lead it would not relinquish with 5:46 left on the
clock in the third period. The defenseman took a drop pass from Ferriero at
the blueline, which he took into the right hand circle and unleashed over
Allen’s blocker hand. The goal, just Corrado’s third of the season, sealed
the victory for the Comets. Ferriero collected his second straight
multi-point game and his sixth of the season with the lone assist.
By defeating the Wolves, Utica moved out of the AHL’s basement as they
passed Hartford in the overall league standings. The Comets now sit on 31
points for the season, 11 points behind the current playoff line. Utica won
for just the fifth time this season when they surrender the first goal and
improved to 5-3-1-1 when tied after the second period.
The Comets are next in action this weekend as they make their second trip to
Western Canada for a two game set with the Abbotsford Heat. The Comets enter
Friday’s action with a 4-1-1-0 record against Abbotsford, their best against
any opponent. Puck drop on both Friday and Saturday night are set for 10:00
p.m. from the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.