Wacey Hamilton (above) scored late in the second period and the goalie Joacim Eriksson came up big late as the Utica Comets scored a 2-1 American Hockey League victory.
Cal O’ Reilly who leads the American Hockey League in assists, switched gears early in the first period by finding the puck in the slot after a quick feed from Dustin Jeffrey. At 3:41 O’Reilly wristed a shot past Flames goaltender Joni Ortio for his second goal of the season and the Comets first of the game to give them the early 1-0 lead.
The Comets found the game-winner with 2:40 left in the second period. After a shot from the point from Henrik Tommernes and a tip from New Hartford native Mike Zalewski, the puck bounced off of Ortio directly to Hamilton who was able to bury the re-bound for a final score of 2-1.
Trevor Linden, the Vancouver Canucks President of Operations stopped in to catch tonight’s win over the Flames. “It was a real special experience tonight,” Linden said. “We couldn’t be happier with things here in Utica.”
The Comets are right back at it again tomorrow night, except this time they will be at the Times Union Center to face the Albany Devils at 5 p.m. Last season, the Comets dropped all four meetings to the Devils, however their red and white opponents have lost eight out of their last 10 match-ups
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have recalled forward Nicklas Jensen from the AHL Utica Comets.
Jensen, 21, has collected 11 points (6-5-11) in 15 games with the Comets this season. He currently ranks tied for fourth on Utica in scoring. The Herning, Denmark native has appeared in 22 career NHL games, recording six points (3-3-6) and 10 penalty minutes.
The 6’3”, 202 pound forward was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 29th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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