Comets blank Flames in Home Opener

Jacob Markstrom pitched another shutout, extending his unscored-upon streak to 172 minutes, 33 seconds.

Rookie Hunter Shinkaruk scored his first professional goal, and the Utica Comets opened their home season with a 3-0 American Hockey League victory over the Adirondack Flames before a sold out crowd of 3,815 Wednesday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Nicklas Jensen and Brandon DeFazio scored other goals for the Comes, 3-1-1-0 in the young season, and Markstrom, who blanked the Rampage in San Antonio last Friday, stopped 29 shots.

The Comets got the jump on the Flames when Shinkaruk scored on a power play late in the first period, beating Joni Ortio from from the right circle. Dustin Jeffrey dug the puck out of the right corner to set up the play, Darren Archibald, although he didn’t get an assist – Travis Ehrhardt did – helped out by camping in the crease.