Utica Comets Have Another Overtime Loss: Syracuse Crunch This Time

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.

Travis Green
Travis Green

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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Utica Comets Downed By Toronto Marlies in OT

  • The Utica Comets led 3-1 late in the third period, outshot the Toronto Marlies 49-18 for the game — 49 shots is a team record — yet somehow lost a 4-3 overtime decision in their American Hockey League game Friday at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Nicklas Jensen
Nicklas Jensen

Bobby Sanguinetti (1-1-2) and Nicklas Jensen (2-0-2) both recorded two points for the Comets. Even with the Comets’ new all-time franchise record for shots on goal (49), the Utica club couldn’t beat the third star of the night, Toronto’s goaltender Antoine Bibeau. The Quebec native stopped 46 of the Comets 49 shots on net.

Even though the Comets controlled most of the game through two periods, the Marlies were the first ones to find a goal in the second stanza at 12:40. Andrew MacWilliam found the puck at the right point and after what looked like a harmless shot, the puck trickled in past Joacim Eriksson for the 1-0 lead.

Just 12 seconds before the period ended, the Comets took advantage of their second power play opportunity of the night. After a Cal O’Reilly feed from the boards, Jensen took control of the puck and snapped it towards net to bury it to the far side of Bibeau for the power-play goal and the 1-1 equalizer. Dustin Jeffrey was credited with the secondary assist. Up until this point, Bibeau had stopped all 28 shots the Comets had unloaded on him through two periods.

The Comets took the lead immediately upon entering the third period at 2:15. After the puck had been dumped into the offensive zone, Alex Friesen outskated the Marlies defenseman to retrieve the puck behind the net to set up the play. After some board play, Friesen fed the puck over to Wacey Hamilton who then quickly gave it to Sanguinetti for the point blank shot directly in front of Bibeau. Sanguinetti smacked it into the mesh for 2-1 lead and his fourth goal in three games.

A one-goal lead wasn’t enough because the Comets struck again nearly four minutes later. Sanguinetti found himself in on another play as he ripped off a slapshot from the left point. The puck found its way to the front of the net and with the help of Jensen, Brendan Gaunce found his second goal of the season to make it a two-goal lead for a score of 3-1.

The Marlies began to mount a comeback with their second goal of the game at 13:29. After a quick entrance into the Comets zone, Ryan Rupert set up Byron Froese who had just snuck past Comets defenseman Henrik Tommernes. Froese chipped it past Eriksson’s left side for his first of the year to make it a 3-2 game.

With just under four minutes remaining in the third period, the Marlies tied it up once again. After a quick shot that popped off of Eriksson’s left leg, Rupert found the puck and immediately buried the re-bound on Eriksson’s blocker side to tie the game at 3-3 and push it to extra time. Spencer Abbot was credited with the only assist on the play.

The Marlies found the game winner at 4:07 into the overtime period just after the teams flipped to 3-on-3 hockey for the remainder of the period. After some confusion in front of Eriksson, Connor Brown delivered the puck to Sam Carrick who snuck the puck past Eriksson’s right side to win the game for a final score of 4-3. Viktor Loov tallied the secondary assist on the overtime goal.

Even with the Comets loss tonight, they still lead the entire American Hockey League with 38 points on the season.

The Comets will return to The AUD in less than 24 hours to face the Syracuse Crunch for the third time this year. The Saturday night match-up will be celebrating the Utica Zoo’s 100th anniversary and will also give fans an opportunity to bid on some of the game-worn jerseys used in the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic. Autographed pucks will be available for purchase and among those who do will also be entered in a raffle to win a team-autographed jersey. Also, the first 1,500 fans to arrive at The AUD will receive a car air freshener courtesy of Honda.


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December 10th Births in Monaco: Monaco joy as twins are born

After great anticipation and excitement the royal twins  in Monaco have arrived, with Princess Gabriella born at 5:04 PM on December 10, quickly followed two minutes later by her brother Jacques, who is now first in line to the throne, with his sister second. The Princely palace were pleased to announce that the twins and Princess Charlene are all doing well. The births took place at the maternity unit of the Princess Grace Hospital Monaco. The Prince Jacques, Honoré, Rainier, to give him his full name, is the Crown Prince. In accordance with the historic custom established by the treaty of Péronne in 1641, he shall receive the title of Marquis of Baux. The Princess Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie, second child in the line of succession, shall receive the title of Countess of Carladès. Cannons were fired, yacht horns sounded, cathedral bells rang, and people celebrated outside the palace as the news was announced.

Monaco’s Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality’s future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco’s laws of succession.

The royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier born to Charlene, 36, and Prince Albert II, 56  are heirs to the centuries-old Grimaldi dynasty that rules the wealthy principality.

Monaco is a two-square kilometer (0.8 square mile) enclave of ritzy apartments and luxury shops on the French Riviera with a population of around 30,000.

Albert, son of the late and famous American actress Princess Grace (Grace Kelly) , had some subjects worried by his long bachelorhood and his lack of an heir since his two previous children were born out of wedlock and are not eligible for the throne. Then the prince married Charlene Wittstock, a Zimbabwe-born, South Africa-raised former Olympic swimmer, in 2011.

Now the tiny royal state on the Riviera has two reasons to rejoice.

“This is going to create an immense joy. Immense!” said Monaco resident Isabelle Roux. “They are awaited like the messiah. … Everyone is talking only about that.”

“Two babies for the price of one. I think it’s very good for the image,” said Adelaide de Clermont-Tonnerre, editor-in-chief of the celebrity weekly Point de Vue. “With twins, there’s always an extra interest.”

Only one woman has ever reigned over Monaco, Princess Louise-Hippolyte, but she died months after assuming the throne in 1731.

In 2002, with no heirs in sight, Monaco’s parliament quietly changed its constitution to allow royal power to pass from a reigning prince with no descendants to his siblings ? potentially Albert’s two sisters. That ensured the continuation of the Grimaldi dynasty, one of the oldest royal houses in Europe, even if Albert never produced an heir.



Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco

By palace decree 42 cannon shots were fired to announce Wednesday’s births, instead of the 21 that would boom for a single baby.



Charlene’s pregnancy was announced on May 30, and it was later revealed in September that she was expecting not one, but two new heirs to the crown.

Though these are the princely couple’s first children, Albert has had several children with different women out of wedlock. He has publicly recognized two other children.

The gender of the twins had been kept a secret – even from their father – during Charlene’s pregnancy.

But Prince Albert – whose late mother was the Hollywood superstar Grace Kelly – had earlier said that if the twin were a boy and a girl, it would be the boy who would succeed him.

Prince Albert succeeded his father, Prince Rainier, in 2005.

He had a daughter, Jazmin, 22, after a fling with former waitress Tamara Rotolo. He denied being her father for years before DNA tests proved otherwise when she was a teenager.

The prince also has a younger son, Alexandre Coste, 11, from an affair with Nicole Coste, a former Air France hostess.

Under Monaco’s inheritance laws, neither of them have any claim to royal titles or to be considered as heirs to Prince Albert because they were born outside of marriage.

They do however have legal rights to a share of his huge personal fortune, estimated by Forbes magazine to exceed $1 billion.
The Grimaldi Family once had an even larger presence in the French Riviera. Their “empire” once extended even more: West to Antibes, East to Menton, where they operated “toll booths” between what is now France and Italy, North into the Mercantour. But the “ROCK” of Monaco has survived to this day.

Utica Comets Over Rochester Americans 3-1 At AUD

The Utica Comets have extended their win streak to three after beating the Rochester Americans 3-1 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Wednesday evening. After returning home from a four-game road trip, the Comets have secured a total seven points in the last five games.

A pair of defensemen, Bobby Sanguinetti (2-0-2) and Kane Lafranchise (1-1-2), scored all three of the Comets goals. Joacim Eriksson put on yet another stellar performance for the club stopping 26 of the Amerks 27 shots.

Very few pucks found their way to the net in the first period, however the Comets were still able to bury one at the tail end of the period. After failing to control the puck in the neutral zone, the Americans turned the puck over as Lafranchise swatted the puck down along the boards towards Sanguinetti who immediately rushed it up on the left wing. With one quick wrist shot, Sanguinetti scored just over the extended left leg pad of Andrey Makarov to give the Comets the 1-0 lead at 18:21.

Although no goals were scored in the second period, it didn’t take long for both teams to ramp up play in the third.

Just 2:38 into the last period, the Americans found their only goal of the game when Matt Ellis backhanded the puck past Eriksson’s blocker side for the equalizer to make it a 1-1 game. Tim Schaller and former Comets forward Zac Dalpe were both credited with assists on the play.

The Comets regained the lead just 49 seconds later when Kane Lafranchise found his first career regular season American Hockey League goal. After forcing a turnover, Nicklas Jensen fired a pass to the slot from the corner. Lafranchise streaked across the hashmarks and one-timed the puck past the Amerks netminder for the 2-1 lead. Dustin Jeffrey was credited with the secondary assist for his fifth assist in three games.

Four minutes later, the Comets doubled down on their lead. After some play along the boards behind Markarov’s net, Cal O’Reilly pushed the puck out to Alex Friesen who then quickly fed it over to Sanguinetti who sat directly between the center hashmarks in front of Rochester’s net. Sanguinetti one-timed a slapshot past Makarov for his second goal.

Tonight’s victory marks the Comets third straight win and keeps them atop the entire American Hockey League with 37 points.

The Comets will have one day of rest before they play back-to-back games at The AUD starting on Friday. The club will play the Toronto Marlies for the fourth time this year with a puck drop slated for 7 p.m.

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Long Island RR will Close East River Tunnels For New Signals

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will close two of four East River tunnels  to install a new signal system as part of the East Side Access project, LIRR officials announced..

The two tunnels connect Queens to Manhattan and Penn Station in New York City. The LIRR will install a portion of a new computerized signal system that will control train travel through an area in Sunnyside, Queens, known as the Harold Interlocking. Harold is the nation’s busiest commuter-rail intersection used every day by the LIRR, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, according to an LIRR press release. The Amtrak-owned East River Tunnels (the only LIRR-used trackage not owned by the LIRR) are reached from the LIRR Main Line in Long Island City.

 The LIRR is the only commuter passenger railroad in the United States to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with significant off peak, weekend, and holiday service.  Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is the oldest U.S. railroad still operating under its original name and charter. There are 124 stations, and more than 700 miles  of track,on its two lines to the two forks of the island and eight major branches, with the passenger railroad system totaling 319 miles.


The work is the first in a series of “cutovers” to the improved technology that will occur over the next several years, LIRR officials said. When completed, the East Side Access will speed up travel for Long Islanders by transporting them to Grand Central Terminal and the East Side of Manhattan for the first time.

$86M to be spent on East River train tunnels



Sen. Charles Schumer announced in November, 2014 that Amtrak will use the funds to improve four East River tunnels that carry Long Island Rail Road customers.

Clinton Comets Night Set for December 13

The Utica Comets are proud to announce that the club will celebrate this year’s Clinton Comets Appreciation Night on Friday, Dec. 13 prior to the Comets game against the Syracuse Crunch.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a special pregame celebration that will begin at 6:45 p.m. Former Comets players Bill Bannerman, Howie Dietrich and Pat Kelly will be honored during the ceremony. All three players will have their jersey numbers displayed at The AUD alongside the eight players that were honored last season.

The player that were honored last year were: Dave Armstrong, Archie Burton, Tim Hook, Jack Kane, Tom Mitchell, Borden Smith, Pete Prevost, and the late Ian Anderson.


Kelly was player, head coach and general manager of the Clinton Comets during his tenure with the club. An Eastern Hockey League all-star nine times as a defenseman and three times as head coach, Kelly led the Comets to three straight Walker Cups (EHL championships). He went on to coach in the AHL, WHA and NHL as well as serving as the first commissioner of the ECHL.

Bannerman played his entire professional career with the Comets, starting in 1965. He was the right wing on the most prolific scoring line in EHL history with center Kane and left wing Smith. He ranks second all-time in assists (395), third in goals (279) and points (674). He was an EHL Northern Division All-Star in 1968-69 and 1969-70.

Dietrich joined the Comets in 1962 and is one of only four Comets players to reach the 60-goal plateau as part of his 118-point season in 1967-68. He spent six seasons with the Comets and was part of two Walker Cup championship teams.

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Lake Placid, December 2014: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Yes, it is an empty train station? The village of Lake Placid is a booming tourist town. There are many sporting events here like a World Cup luge race. So where is the train that could connect to Amtrak in Utica, New York and bring visitors and sports participants to Lake Placid? Yes, it exists; it is called the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. But it needs “permission” from the State of New York in order to run between Thendara and Sarnac Lake.


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Pearl Harbor Day In Florida

Below is a really great guest article by Pete Geiger in the Clay Today Online

Would we make the same mistake today? Chances are we will do so.

Flagler was mesmerized, it would seem, by the impending completion of the Panama Canal in the early 20th Century. He persuaded himself that inter-ocean steamship traffic transiting the new canal would have to stop in Key West to take on coal and to offload shipments bound for the U.S. Southeast.

So Flagler did the impossible. He spent himself nearly dry to push his Florida East Coast Railway from Miami across the Keys in anticipation of new riches to be made in haulage to-and-from the canal traffic.

Now Flagler’s Folly is about to be repeated.

The Panama Canal Authority will open in late 2015 or early 2016 new, larger locks on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. I watched work last week on the northern locks and I thought about good ol’ Henry.

Oh, the locks will allow larger ships to transit the canal, alright. Just as the original Panama Canal, completed 100 years ago this year, spared shipping many days of sailing and dangerous storms around Cape Horn at the tip of South America.

It’s just that, by the time the canal and Flagler’s “overseas railway” were finished, improved efficiency in steamships meant they had no need to stop at Key West to take on coal. It was far more profitable to continue past Florida and up the East Coast to harbors nearer to their markets.

By the time it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1935, Flagler’s railroad was already in receivership.

Now Flagler’s figurative successors in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local Chambers of Commerce are being mesmerized anew by the promise of the Panama Canal’s larger locks. They’re blowing their horns and beating their drums for deepening of the St. Johns River channel from 40 to 47 feet for 13 miles from Mayport to Jacksonville to accommodate the deeper-draft ships transiting the new Panama locks.

The massive cost of such a project – and no one can say how much it would be – will be offset by the increase in shipping through Jacksonville’s railroad connections. The project will mean thousands of new jobs, they say, but no one can say how many thousands nor how long the jobs might last.

Nor can anyone explain why shippers might prefer to unload cargo from low-cost container ships onto higher-cost rail cars for travel to their destinations. The shippers gave their answer to Henry Flagler a century ago – better to sail northward and unload where the rail transport would be cheaper.

It should be noted that the Corps of Engineers seeks no return on investment. It’s mission is to build dams and dig channels.

In order to pursue the channel-deepening scheme, the Corps would employ dynamite to remove the natural rock bed of the St. Johns. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the St. Johns Riverkeeper have both pointed out that such alteration would result in partial draining of the wetlands lying adjacent to the river’s estuary and would impact the area’s fishing industry dramatically. It would also introduce brackish water farther upstream, beyond Clay County.

The massive changes to the river could not be undone if the project proved to be misguided.

In the case of Flagler’s “overseas railway,” the bridges from key to key were repurposed and a highway was built on the old railroad right-of-way. The bridges have since been replaced, but the highway still occupies Flagler’s Folly.

In the case of a deepened but useless St. Johns channel, there would be no repurposing possible. So I went down to Panama to observe the canal’s centenary and I thought about ol’ Henry Flagler. Would he make the same mistake again? Will we?


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Utica Comets 5-4 OT over San Antonio Rampage

Alex Biega scored with 3:43 left in overtime Friday night and the Utica Comets rallied to beat the San Antonio Rampage 5-4 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

It was the third consecutive game to go to overtime for the Comets, who earned five out of 6 possible points during their three-game road trip through the Midwest.

It was the third time this season the Comets beat the Rampage, who lost for only the second time in their last 10 games.

Dustin Jeffrey
Dustin Jeffrey

, who tied the game with 3:20 left in regulation, had three assists for the Comets (16-5-3-0 overall).

Bobby Sanguinetti
Bobby Sanguinetti

Cal O’Reilly also had three assists for Utica. Bobby Sanguinetti, Ronalds Kenins and Alexandre Grenier also scored for the Comets.

Ronalds Kenins
Ronalds Kenins

Utica jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and had a 3-1 lead in the second before the Rampage (13-6-2-0) scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-3 lead.

Alexandre Grenier
Alexandre Grenier

The Comets scored power play goals in the first and second periods. The Rampage scored a pair of shorthanded goals and on the power play.

The Comets’ Joacim Eriksson finished with 33 saves for his ninth win of the season. San Antonio goalie Dan Ellis had 29 saves.

Eight of the Comets’ next 10 games are at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets begin a four-game homestand at the Aud on Wednesday when they play division foe Rochester at 7 p.m.

They also host the Toronto Marlies on Friday and the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 13.

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New York City’s SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY (Part 1)

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has released new photos of construction on the first phase of New York’s Second Avenue Subway, a more than $4 billion project that will run new tunnels between 63rd Street and 96th Street on the East side and is expected to be complete in 2016.

Although blasting and dust from the construction has ruffled the feathers of many Upper East Side residents, it looks like MTA workers are making some serious headway.

The entire line, which will be built in four phases, will run from 125th Street to the Financial District.

Arup Group
Arup Group
The twin-track line will include sixteen new underground stations
044 Second Ave subway se FINAL.inddIf you have Google Earth© installed on your computer, you can follow the path of this new subway

Second Avenue Subway from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and MTA New York City Transit have begun the final planning and environmental analysis for a full-length Second Avenue Subway, from 125th Street to the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.

The Second Avenue Subway will reduce overcrowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue Line, improving travel for both city and suburban commuters, and improving access to mass transit for residents of the far East Side of Manhattan.

Project History

Subway Alignment

Station Locations

Project Update

Project Team

Documents & Presentations

In 1972, Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsey broke ground for the Second Avenue Subway. Nearly 45 years later, no trains have ever run under Second Avenue.

The line has had at least three groundbreakings.

In 2007, it got another one.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer and a host of dignitaries will descend down a sidewalk hatch at 102nd Street, a block south of the spot where Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mayor John V. Lindsay held a groundbreaking in October 1972. They will go into a never-used section of a three-decade old subway tunnel, stretching from 105th Street to 99th Street. The governor will give a speech, hoist a pickax and take a few cracks at the concrete wall, symbolically beginning the construction where it left off in the 1970s.

Several factors actually suggest that this time the outcome may be different. The financing for the $3.8 billion project appears more certain than in the past, including an anticipated federal commitment to cover about a third of the cost.

The goal of the first phase is to extend the Q line north from 57th Street to 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue. From there the Q will stop on Second Avenue at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets. It is expected to become an integral part of the wider subway system when it is completed, which planners hope will be in 2013. Once further financing is secured, later phases of construction will extend the line north to 125th Street and south to Lower Manhattan.

It was September 1929 when the city formally announced plans to build the Second Avenue subway, extending the length of the East Side and into the Bronx. The cost of digging the Manhattan portion of the tunnel was estimated at $99 million, although there would be additional expenses, including the cost of real estate and equipment. But within a few years, amid the Great Depression, planning for the new line came to a halt.

The plans were revived during World War II. In 1951, voters approved a measure that allowed the city to raise $500 million for transit improvements, with the expectation that most of it would go to build the new line. But the money was used to fix up the existing system. No work was performed on Second Avenue.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority took over the city’s subway system in 1968 and began championing an ambitious range of projects, including the Second Avenue subway, from Whitehall Street to 138th Street in the Bronx.

In July 1974, Mayor Abraham D. Beame attended a groundbreaking at Second Avenue and Second Street. He went at the pavement with a jackhammer. The plan was to build the subway piecemeal, contracting out short, disconnected sections.

A year later the city was near bankruptcy; Mayor Beame called a halt to further construction. The stretch of tunnel he broke ground on was never built, although three other sections were finished and sealed.

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