Utica Comets 4-3 OT Win Over Texas Stars

The Utica Comets rallied from down 3-1 in the third period to defeat the Texas Stars 4-3 in overtime at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Wednesday night.

Bobby Sanguinetti’s (1-2-3) and Cal O’Reilly (1-1-2) propelled the Comets third period comeback, while Joacim Eriksson’s 38 saves earned the Comets their 15th win of the year.

Bobby Sanguinetti’
Bobby Sanguinetti’

It did not take long for the Stars to open up the game’s scoring. Just 4:28 into the first period Brett Ritchie received a pass from Dowling and proceeded to fire a shot that squeaked through Joacim Eriksson’s leg pads, and just barely crossed the goal line. Scott Glennie picked up the secondary assist.

Just five minutes later the Stars doubled their lead. Maxime Fortunus ripped a slapshot from the point. Dowling deflected the shot straight down, and quickly chipped a backhand shot past Eriksson to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.

 Joacim Eriksson
Joacim Eriksson

The Comets cut the deficit to one just two and a half minutes after the Stars second goal. After he danced through defenders, and got to the slot. Will Acton put a shot on net. A mad scramble ensued in the crease, and somehow Alex Friesen dug the puck out and broke the Stars’ shutout bid. Brandon DeFazio was credited with an assist after feeding it to Acton.

 

12:39 into the second period, the Stars cashed in on the power play. A failed clearing attempt resulted in a turnover. A couple of quick passes found reigning MVP Travis Morin with the puck all alone at the right circle. Morin fired off a wrist shot over the glove of Eriksson for the Stars’ third goal of the night. Dowling and Ritchie collected the assists.

The Comets once again cut the lead to one at 16:51 of the third period. Will Acton started the goal-scoring play after he rang a shot off the post. With the Stars scrambling, a pinching Bobby Sanguinetti scooped up the puck, and passed it over to Acton on the backdoor for the Comets second goal of the night. Brendan Gaunce picked up the secondary assist.

The Comets cut the deficit to one just two and a half minutes after the Stars second goal. After he danced through defenders, and got to the slot. Will Acton put a shot on net. A mad scramble ensued in the crease, and somehow Alex Friesen dug the puck out and broke the Stars’ shutout bid. Brandon DeFazio was credited with an assist after feeding it to Acton.   12:39 into the second period, the Stars cashed in on the power play. A failed clearing attempt resulted in a turnover. A couple of quick passes found reigning MVP Travis Morin with the puck all alone at the right circle. Morin fired off a wrist shot over the glove of Eriksson for the Stars’ third goal of the night. Dowling and Ritchie collected the assists. The Comets once again cut the lead to one at 16:51 of the third period. Will Acton started the goal-scoring play after he rang a shot off the post. With the Stars scrambling, a pinching Bobby Sanguinetti scooped up the puck, and passed it over to Acton on the backdoor for the Comets second goal of the night. Brendan Gaunce picked up the secondary assist. Under 90 seconds later the Comets finally knotted the game back up. With Utica set-up on the power play, and working it around the Stars’ zone, Sanguinetti ripped a shot past Campbell to tie the game at three. Cal O’Reilly and Kane Lafranchise recorded assists on the game-tying goal. Sixty minutes was not enough to settle this one, with the game headed to overtime knotted at three. 2:37 into overtime the Comets captain landed his team their first overtime victory of the year. Dustin Jeffrey took a pass from defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. After looking he around, he slipped Cal O’Reilly a pass across the crease, for the game-winning goal. With the overtime victory, the Comets now have 33 points and now have the most points in the American Hockey League.
The Comets cut the deficit to one just two and a half minutes after the Stars second goal. After he danced through defenders, and got to the slot. Will Acton put a shot on net. A mad scramble ensued in the crease, and somehow Alex Friesen dug the puck out and broke the Stars’ shutout bid. Brandon DeFazio was credited with an assist after feeding it to Acton.
12:39 into the second period, the Stars cashed in on the power play. A failed clearing attempt resulted in a turnover. A couple of quick passes found reigning MVP Travis Morin with the puck all alone at the right circle. Morin fired off a wrist shot over the glove of Eriksson for the Stars’ third goal of the night. Dowling and Ritchie collected the assists.
The Comets once again cut the lead to one at 16:51 of the third period. Will Acton started the goal-scoring play after he rang a shot off the post. With the Stars scrambling, a pinching Bobby Sanguinetti scooped up the puck, and passed it over to Acton on the backdoor for the Comets second goal of the night. Brendan Gaunce picked up the secondary assist.
Under 90 seconds later the Comets finally knotted the game back up. With Utica set-up on the power play, and working it around the Stars’ zone, Sanguinetti ripped a shot past Campbell to tie the game at three. Cal O’Reilly and Kane Lafranchise recorded assists on the game-tying goal.
Sixty minutes was not enough to settle this one, with the game headed to overtime knotted at three.
2:37 into overtime the Comets captain landed his team their first overtime victory of the year. Dustin Jeffrey took a pass from defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. After looking he around, he slipped Cal O’Reilly a pass across the crease, for the game-winning goal.
With the overtime victory, the Comets now have 33 points and now have the most points in the American Hockey League.

Under 90 seconds later the Comets finally knotted the game back up. With Utica set-up on the power play, and working it around the Stars’ zone, Sanguinetti ripped a shot past Campbell to tie the game at three. Cal O’Reilly and Kane Lafranchise recorded assists on the game-tying goal.

Sixty minutes was not enough to settle this one, with the game headed to overtime knotted at three.

2:37 into overtime the Comets captain landed his team their first overtime victory of the year. Dustin Jeffrey took a pass from defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. After looking he around, he slipped Cal O’Reilly a pass across the crease, for the game-winning goal.

With the overtime victory, the Comets now have 33 points and now have the most points in the American Hockey League.

The Comets will get a day of much-needed rest before they head to San Antonio to take on the Rampage at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Comets have out-scored the Rampage 8-2 in their previous two meetings this season and are 2-0-0-0 vs them. Following their match-up with the Rampage, Utica will return home for a four-game home stand starting on Wednesday, Dec. 10 vs. Rochester Americans.

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Utica Comets Fall to Oklahoma City Barons In OT

Regulation couldn’t decide a winner between the Utica Comets and Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

The teams almost got through the overtime period, too, but the Barons came away with a 1-0 win on Jason Williams’ goal with less than 30 seconds to play.

The Comets dropped to 14-5-3-0, and the Barons improved to 12-4-2-2.

The score was knotted at zero after the first and second periods, with Oklahoma City holding a 23-20 shots-on-goal advantage, and with both teams coming up empty on a pair of power plays.

The Barons extended their winning streak to six games. The Comets have scored a total of three goals in their last three games.

Oklahoma almost was awarded a key penalty late in the third period, when an errant pass landed in the Comets’ bench. The referee initially called a delay-of-game penalty on Utica, but it was called off after a short conference with the linesmen.

Utica killed two power plays in regulation, and Oklahoma City killed off three.

The Comets are back at it tonight. They’re taking a 6-hour bus ride to Cedar Park, Texas, to take on the defending Calder Cup champion Stars. Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Texas is 7-6-6-0 on the season, and it has lost eight of its last nine games.

The Comets move on to San Antonio on Friday to play the Rampage (also at 8:30).

Barons 1, Comets 0 (OT)

Utica 0 0 0 0 – 0

Oklahoma City 0 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Jeffrey Uti (tripping), 13:56.

2nd Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Ford Okc (slashing), 4:17; Shinkaruk Uti (holding), 10:38; Lander Okc (kneeing), 17:17.

3rd Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Gaunce Uti (fighting), 7:16; Musil Okc (tripping, fighting), 7:16

OT Period-1, Oklahoma City, Williams 8 (C. Hamilton), 4:33. Penalties-No Penalties.

Shots on Goal-Utica 9-11-13-1-34. Oklahoma City 12-11-6-6-35.

Power Play Opportunities-Utica 0 / 3; Oklahoma City 0 / 2.

Goalies-Utica, Eriksson 7-3-0 (35 shots-34 saves). Oklahoma City, Bachman 6-1-2 (34 shots-34 saves).

Read more: http://www.uticaod.com/article/20141202/Sports/141209822#ixzz3KoOi65ks

Utica Comets Archibald
Utica Comets Archibald

The American Hockey League announced that Utica Comets left wing Darren Archibald has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game at Albany on Nov. 29.

Archibald was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).

Archibald will miss Utica’s games Tuesday (Dec. 2) at Oklahoma City, Wednesday (Dec. 3) at Texas and Friday (Dec. 5) at San Antonio.

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Florida East Coast Railway Runs Inaugural Of New GE Tier 3 ES44C4 locomotives

WOW! Those must be some locomotives

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.,  Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On  Friday, November 21 st, Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) completed the inaugural run of its first two new GE ES44C4 locomotives.  Locomotives FEC 803 and FEC 804 provided state-of-the-art Tier 3 locomotive power to FECR Train 101; the company’s most expedited through-freight train, transporting automotive, carload and intermodal freight from    Jacksonville to Miami.

FECR team members worked to prepare the locomotives for the first run, ensuring smooth operations for the historic inaugural trip.  According to   David Kobryn, FECR Locomotive Superintendent, “Within days of these units arriving in    Jacksonville, our Mechanical Team had completed standard service procedures, equipped the units with WiTonix, and they were ready for service.”

The new locomotives also got positive reviews from the FECR operations team.”The new locomotives are quiet and comfortable in the cab.  Overall I was impressed by the way they handled,” said   Donald Wolff, FECR Locomotive Engineer.

Mark Baker, FECR Conductor, similarly said…

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Keeping The Railroads Running by Karl A Borntrager (1974)

We don’t plan on turning our blogs into a bookstore even if Ancien Hippie is also selling one too.

Ours is not a new release. It was published in 1974. Why are we selling an old book? Because it is just so appropriate to the current situation of American Railroads!

“Keeping the Railroads Running” by Karl Borntrager. The author describes his one-half century on the New York Central Railroad and reviews the then-current railroad situation.

 I was struck by how accurate his observations were regarding the problems that beset the NYC – and other railroads – in the 1950’s, and how every one has been addressed since then.
 Fascinating assessment of the management of the New York Central Railroad by its former Senior Vice President. The author combines the story of his personal climb through the ranks with a dispassionate critique of how those who controlled the NYC as well as those who labored for it managed to destroy a remarkable institution.

“For the industry as a whole I think the following steps should be taken:

1.  Free all roads from passenger service losses.  Largely done by the creation of Amtrak.

2.  Eliminate real estate taxes on railroads or at least reduce them to a level commensurate with other taxpayers.  Perhaps not to where they should be, but for example in NY state the taxation basis for railroads has been amended considerably from former levels.

3.  Repeal all full crew laws.  What would he think of today’s 2-man crews?

4.  Make proper adjustment promptly in freight divisions.  The Staggers Act gave the railroads the rate making freedom they so desperately needed, and what a difference that has made.

5.  Congress should enact legislation restricting the jurisdiction of the ICC over the railroads.  For example, one of the restrictive powers of the ICC is approval or disapproval of freight rates proposed by the roads.  This control should not be exercised when the railroad can show that its proposal can get new business and show a profit.  Again, Staggers and related changes brought the railroads into an era where they can actually compete as a business, and determine their own price structure.”

Mr. Borntrager passed away in 1990 at age 98, but it’s doubtful he lived to see the full extent of his views coming to fruition. We can only wonder how railroads in general, and NYC in particular, would have fared if these changes had been implemented in about 1950. Could a more competitive and efficient rail system have slowed the decline of heavy industry in this nation? No way to say for sure but interesting to debate whether PC would have happened if those changes had come 30 or 40 years earlier. Hats off to KAB for the accuracy of his views.

Here is the link to buy the book

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He lived to see reductions in crew sizes as well as the elimination of the caboose too. That was another huge expense for railroads that isn’t often discussed.

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