The Utica Comets might have stolen one.
Outskated much of the night and outshot by a wide margin, the Comets got a huge game from goalie Joacim Eriksson and another great effort on the penalty kill to score a 5-2 American Hockey League victory over the San Antonio Rampage Friday before a sold-out crowd at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
“Good teams find a way to win,” said forward Brandon DeFazio, who wasn’t sure stolen was the right word. “It’s not the effort we wanted, but it’s a good sign to win that kind of game that we might not have won last year.”
Eriksson, part of the Comets’ Swedish Connection with Jacob Markstrom that has allowed just seven goals in six games to help the Comets jump out to a 4-1-1-0 start and into first place in the North Division, made 39 stops to frustrate the Rampage.
“It’s a game that easily could have gone the other way,” said Comets coach Travis Green. “I thought we were a little soft on the puck … I thought our goalie kept us in it at times.”