After trailing the Texas Stars 2-0, the Utica Comets scored three unanswered goals to win 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at The Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Bobby Sanguinetti (1-0-1) (pictured above) , Brendan Gaunce (1-0-1), and Dustin Jeffrey (1-0-1) were the goal-scorers for the Comets in front of the sold-out Utica Memorial Auditorium. Along with being credited with the first star of the game, Sanguinetti now has eight goals on the season and leads the rest of the defensemen on the team in goals, assists and points. Joacim Eriksson received the third star of the game after stopping 23 of the 25 shots on net he faces from the Stars.
The Comets started biting back roughly three minutes into the second period after a couple of passes exchanged between Frank Corrado and Brandon DeFazio above the right dot. After some great puck handling to confuse a Texas defender, DeFazio saw Jeffrey waiting to the left of Jussi Rynnas’ blocker side. With a quick cross-ice pass, Jeffrey received and delivered for his seventh goal of the season, which brought the Comets within one.
After entering the third period, the Comets continued to search for the equalizer and that’s exactly what they got at 6:39. Andrey Pedan followed through with the give-and-go play and entered the attacking zone with Wacey Hamilton and Gaunce. With little hesitation, back-to-back passes dropped the puck into Gaunce’s possession and with a flick of the stick, the rookie netted his second of the year to tie the game and dismantle the Stars lead.
Just over one minute into the overtime period, the Comets put an end to the night after a quick rush down the right side by two defensemen. Kane Lafranchise popped up on the scorer’s sheet one again after promptly popping the puck up to Sanguinetti on the right wing. What looked like a harmless wrist shot from Sanguinetti, was exactly the opposite for Rynnas who was unable to stop the shot which went clear over his shoulder for the game-winner and overtime goal.
The Comets play at the Adirondack Flames tonight, then are off until next Friday when the Flames visit the Aud. The Flames lost 3-2 to Rochester Friday when former Comet Zac Dalpe scored the only goal of an eight-round shootout. Adirondack is 18-10-1-1 for 38 points, just behind the Comets in the North Division and third overall in the Western Conference.
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