For the fourth time this season, the Utica Comets shutdown the Adirondack Flames, this time with a final score of 4-1 at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday evening.
Jacob Markstrom didn’t disappoint in his first game back with the Comets since Nov. 21, saving 19 out of 20 shots taken by the Flames all while improving his goals-against average to a remarkable 1.69. Four different Comets players scored goals in the victory, including Brendan Gaunce, who scored his second goal in as many nights.
The Comets started with a bang in the opening minutes of the first period after quite the individual effort by Gaunce, the Comets rookie left-winger. After breaking up a pass at the blue line, Gaunce rushed down the boards and lifted a shot right over the glove side of Joni Ortio to net his third of the season for the 1-0 lead at 2:13.
Just 18 seconds later, Hunter Shinkaruk received a stretch pass from one blue line to the next from Henrik Tommernes. Shinkaruk made his way all the way to the left dot before he released a shot towards Ortio. The Finish goaltender made the initial save, however Wacey Hamilton was on the doorstep to promptly backhand in the Comets second goal of the game and his third of the season to make it 2-0.
After Saturday night’s win against the Calgary Flames affiliate, the Utica Comets have gone eight games without losing in regulation and have secured a total of 43 points to keep them a top the American Hockey League standings.
After taking a little break to enjoy the holidays, the Comets will return to The Utica Memorial Auditorium one day after Christmas on Friday, Dec. 26 to once again take on the Adirondack Flames for a 7 p.m. re-match. This will be their fifth meeting of the season.
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