Utica Comets are still Hanging In There: Comeback Shootout Victory

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Some how, some way, the Utica Comets are still alive.

Down 2-0 with eight minutes to play, the Comets came back on goals by Jeremy Welsh and Cal O’Reilly (pictured above), played through a scoreless overtime, went into a shootout without their top scorer and got four saves from Joe Cannata and goals from Alex Friesen and Brandon DeFazio to down the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2 Friday.

A crowd of 12,386 watched the game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It was the 44th one-goal game for the Comets and 20th that has gone to overtime or beyond.

The Comets, who also defeated the Monsters 3-2 Thursday on Pascal Pelletier’s overtime goal – the teams have met eight times this season and have played seven consecutive 3-2 games, with the Comets winning five of them – stayed alive in the race for the eighth and final American Hockey League Western Conference playoff spot. The Comets are 33-30-5-4 for 75 points and can climb within two points of a berth depending on the outcome of the Oklahoma City at Abbotsford game late Friday.

The Comets, Rochester, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Rockford all remained in the running for the final berth as of late Friday.

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