The long wait is over.
Veteran Colin Stuart slapped home a goal from the slot at 17:42 of the third period, giving the Utica Comets a 3-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Friday in Cleveland, ending a 10-game winless drought at the start of their first American Hockey League season.
The Comets had lost eight games in regulation, one more in overtime and another in a shootout before finally hitting the win column and earn Travis Green his first victory as a professional coach. They will try to make it two in a row when they play at 3 p.m. Sunday against the Bulldogs in Hamilton, Ontario.
Alex Mallet and Patrick Mullen scored the other goals for the Comets (1-8-1-1), who led 2-1 after the first period. Zach Hamill, Nicklas Jensen, Kellan Lain, Brandon DeFazio, Alexandre Grenier and David Booth all had assists for the Comets, and Joacim Eriksson made 22 saves in posting his first American pro win