Old pros Pascal Pelletier and Colin Stuart scored the goals and Joe Cannata made 22 saves as the Utica Comets kept their slim American Hockey League playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Comets now have 63 points, six points out of the final playoff spot with 13 games to play.
Pelletier scored a power play goal – and picked up his 50th point of the season – at 12:28 of the second period, with Alexandre Grenier and Brandon DeFazio assisting, to give the Comets the first lead. The Penguins (35-21-3-5, 78 points) got that back quickly, with Chuck Kobasew scoring, also on the power play, at 15:23.
The score remained deadlocked until Stuart, who is in his 10th professional season, as is Pelletier, fired home his 17th goal at 8:01 of the third. Cal O’Reilly had an assist – his 30th in 39 games – and Alex Friesen had the other.
Tony’s AUDelicious Deli and Sports Bar across from the Utica Memorial Auditorium will open at noon Sunday. Frank Cristiano, who runs the tricked-out Tony’s Pizzeria in Washington Mills, said the property on Whitesboro Street was originally supposed to be a bakery, but with talk of an American Hockey League team started, he wanted to branch out.
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