Adirondack Phantoms tough on Utica Comets; Playoff Spot looks TOUGH



Utica Comets are not happy campers, even if Pascal Pelletier did a great job

The Adirondack Phantoms have been pure poison for the Utica Comets.

They were again Sunday, downing the Comets for the fourth time in as many games this season and punching a huge hole in their American Hockey League Calder Cup playoff hopes, edging them 2-1 in Glens Falls.

The loss left the Comets stuck at 75 points (33-31-5-4) with three games to play and trailing Rochester (81 points), Oklahoma City (79), Charlotte (77) and Rockford (77). They have a game in hand on both Charlotte and Rockford while being even with the other two. The Comets cannot pass the Amerks, and need to win all of their games to have a chance to qualify for the post season while Oklahoma City is limited to one point in its final three games and Charlotte and Rockford each are limited to no more than three. The Checkers and Bulldogs play each other in the final game of the season. The Comets do not own a tie-breaker against any of the teams.

Brandon Alderson scored both goals Sunday for the Phantoms (28-37-1-6), who edged the Comets 3-1, 3-2, and 4-3 in their three previous meetings. The Comets had taken a 1-0 lead on Pascal Pelletier’s 20th goal and 60th point of the season on the power play at 11:22 of the first period. Brandon DeFazio and Cal O’Reilly assisted.

That was the last time the Comets put anything past Carsen Chubak, a former Niagara University star Hobey Baker Award finalist who was playing just his ninth AHL game. Alderson got the Phantoms even t 10:47 of the second, and collected the winner at 9:36 of the third. Joacim Eriksson made 31 saves for the Comets.

It was the next to last game ever at the Glens Falls Civic Center for the Phantoms, who are affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers and will move to Allentown, Pa. next season.

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