Darren Archibald scored his second and third goals of the season, including the game winner with 4:12 to play, and also had an assist as the Utica Comets outbattled the Syracuse Crunch 5-4 in an American Hockey League game before a sellout crowd of 3,815 Wednesday at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Brandon DeFazio had a goal, assist and fight to help lead the way for the Comets (13-4-2-0, 28 points, first in North Division), who had lost their previous two games, including a 2-1 loss to the Crunch in Saturday’s historic Frozen Dome Classic. Newcomer Will Acton, who played with Archibald and DeFazio had two assists as that line rolled up seven points in their first-ever game togehter.
The Utica hockey club will have one day of rest before they return to The AUD this Friday to take on the Adirondack Flames for the third time this season. Previously the Comets slipped by the Flames in a 5-4 decision at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Nov. 1. Since then, the Flames have not lost a game and have won nine in a row.
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