The Utica Comets lost in overtime for the second night in a row in a 2-1 final in front of a sold out crowd at The Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday evening. In a total of eight sold-out games this season, the Comets still boast a record of 6-0-2-0.
Brandon DeFazio scored the only goal tonight for the Comets bringing his point total to 15 on the season. Despite letting in two goals, Joacim Eriksson still stopped 29 of the Crunch’s 31 shots.
The first goal of the game wasn’t found until just after the fifteen-minute mark in the third period when the Comets won a face-off in the attacking zone. DeFazio ripped one home directly off of a feed from Henrik Tommernes for the 1-0 lead and his ninth goal of the season. Bobby Sanguinetti has recorded a point in five consecutive games with an assist on the play.
Syracuse found the equalizer just over two minutes left in the third period after a rush towards the Comets crease. Syracuse’s captain Mike Angelidis popped the puck in off the blade of his skate for the 1-1 equalizer that pushed the game to extra time. Henri Ikonen and Joey Mormina both tallied assists on the play.
Even with the defensive efforts and Eriksson’s spectacular performance, the Crunch’s forwards found a way to net the game-winner with one minute left in the overtime period. In what looked like a tic-tac-toe play started by Momina, Tanner Richard found the puck to the right side of Eriksson. After Eriksson slid across the crease, the puck was then fed to the opposite side where Yanni Gourde waited to eventually crack it in the net for 2-1 game-winner.
Green was would have preferred to win, of course, but was not upset with his team, which has picked up at least one point in each of its last six games, winning three and losing three others in ovetime.
“We played a real good game,” he said. “I was happy with our effort. We’d like to get two points, but …”
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