Utica Comets 0 Overcome By Adirondack Flames 4

It only took the Adirondack Flames 10 tries to finally defeat the Utica Comets 4-0 at The Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday evening. The Comets record over the Flames sits at 9-1.

Unlucky bounces and a plenty of saves happen to be the story of the game as Brad Thiessen blocked everything the Comets fired at him. Thiessen, who has only played against Utica two times prior to tonight stopped 30 shots for his second shutout of the season.

After a first period riddled with fights, no goals were scored until the teams hit the ice for the second period. The Flames found two goals within the first six minutes, one of which came off of a rebound from Ken Agostino. Once the puck was ready for the taking, Bryce Van Brabant sniped the puck past Joacim Eriksson’s glove hand to take the early one-goal lead at 1:56. Sena Acolatse was credited with the secondary assist.

At 6:06 the Flames found their second goal of the game after both Brandon DeFazio and Mike Zalewski slid into the crease to try and keep the fervent puck out of the net. With Eriksson diving to cover-up the puck, it was poked loose and knocked out of the air by John Ramage to make it 2-0. Turner Elson and Van Brabant both received assists on the play.

The Flames continued their dominance of the Comets after Bobby Sanguinetti and Dustin Jeffrey took penalties at the end of the second, which left them with a 5-on-3 penalty kill for 1:23. Adirondack took care of business on their end after Mark Cundari buried a slapshot from the point just 30 seconds later to strengthen their lead to three.

It didn’t end there for the Flames as they capitalized on the power play once more after a high-sticking call on Nicklas Jensen at 3:30. With 18 seconds left on the power play, Drew Shore netted a rebound that came off of a shot from Dustin Stevenson. Brian McGratten took credit for the secondary assist on the Flames second power-play goal and fourth of the game.

There were a combined total of 78 penalty minutes taken, which included three fights. The Comets weren’t able to capitalize on the seven power-play chances awarded to them over the course of the night.

The Comets will head to Syracuse, N.Y. tomorrow night to take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena for the fourth time this season.


The MBTA’s Real Map

TRANSLATION — Joke maps of the MBTA, like this one that has been making its way around Twitter this week, might elicit some frustrated chuckles now. But as delays get worse and patience runs out, politicians are scrambling to make sure they aren’t blamed for the T’s performance this winter. First and foremost is Governor Charlie Baker. On Wednesday he demanded that Keolis, the French company that operates the commuter rail, shape up in time for Monday, when school vacation ends. He took a similarly strong tone with transit officials last week. It’s clear the MBTA has become a political hot potato, and Baker doesn’t want to be left holding it.

Locally Installed Software Is Dead


If you haven’t noticed yet, there’s less actual software installed on local computers and more being accessed through online connections to remote computers, or at least to remote storage systems. This transition makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and those of us in the supply chain are likely to be prime beneficiaries of the trend.

Picking an email system like gmail or even Yahoo mail is an obvious choice because of the nature of email – the content moves from one computer to another over the Internet. When online connections were more temporary, expensive, and less reliable it made sense to use a local application like Microsoft Outlook to handle the sending and receiving of the mail as well as editing the messages. But those limitations are long gone for most of us.

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Utica Comets 5 Over Hamilton Bulldogs 2

The Utica Comets (32-15-5-1) got back to their winning ways Tuesday night after they trampled over the Hamilton Bulldogs (26-21-7-0) 5-2 at The Utica Memorial Auditorium. With the win the Comets widened their division lead over the Bulldogs to 11 points.

Will Acton (2-0-2) (pictured above) applied his scoring touch in his second two-goal night of the season for the Comets and was awarded the first star of the game. Brandon DeFazio (1-2-3) led the way with three points en route to second star honors. Joacim Eriksson put on a performance in his first start since allowing six goals vs. the Bulldogs on Feb. 16. The Swedish netminder stopped 30 of the 32 shots the Bulldogs had taken on him.

Joacim Eriksson
Joacim Eriksson

The Comets kicked off the game’s scoring just over a minute into the second period. Dustin Jeffrey made it all happen for the Comets after winning the offensive zone face-off at the right dot. Once the puck wash pushed off to John Negrin, the Utica defensemen fed it over to Travis Ehrhardt at the point who in turn demolished the puck and buried it past the glove hand of Bulldogs’ Mike Condon to give the Comets the first goal of the game at 1:58.

The face-off strategy continued to work for the Comets as they drove the puck towards the net right off the dot. At 8:13 Alexandre Grenier obtained possession of the puck off another offensive zone face-off, but this time at the left dot. With a quick pass across the blue paint, Jensen found it on the opposite side and banged it in for the two-goal lead.

Just under two minutes later the Bulldogs scored from the top of the slot off of what looked like a routine shot from Daniel Carr. Nevertheless, the puck went past Eriksson’s glove hand to make it a 2-1 game. Morgan Ellis was credited with the only assist on the Bulldogs firs goal of the game.

. Brandon DeFazi
. Brandon DeFazi

The Comets regained their two-goal lead back when Acton and DeFazio found themselves rushing into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 at 15:44. DeFazio decided to make a saucer pass over the stick of a sprawling Bulldog defensemen, which gave Acton the chance to bury the one-timer past Condon’s glove hand for the 3-1 lead and his first goal of the game. Darren Archibald tallied the secondary assist.

As they headed into the third period, the goals continued to roll in including Acton’s second of the game at 13:01. The short but sweet play began with a shot from DeFazio, which put it in front of Condon’s legs. Acton, who was sitting patiently in the crease saw it through and poked the rubber into the open hole to give the Comets a three-goal edge.

Hamilton continued to search for opportunities towards the end of the third and one finally panned out for them as Drayson Bowman snuck around the Comets defense to lay on the backhander in to the Comets net to make it 5-2.

The score was settled at 18:11 after the Bulldogs pulled their netminder for the extra attacker. From center ice, DeFazio flicked it down the ice and into the empty net for a final score of 5-2.

The boys in blue will try to continue their dominance over the Adirondack Flames this Friday for the fifth and final game of their homestand at 7 p.m. Through their previous nine meetings this season the Comets are undefeated against the Calgary Flames American Hockey League affiliate.

PGA Tour as of February 22, 2015

Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA

Winning Share: $1,206,000 FedExCup Points: 500

James Hahn, right, celebrates his breakthrough victory at the Northern Trust Open
James Hahn, right, celebrates his breakthrough victory at the Northern Trust Open

Welcome to the Monday Finish, where we were convinced both Sergio Garcia and “Boyhood” would walk away with more hardware yesterday.

James Hahn claimed his first PGA TOUR victory Sunday at the Northern Trust Open, defeating Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a three-hole playoff at Riviera Country Club.




So What Does SNAPCHAT Bring To The Table?


Just as the World turns, we keep getting exposed to newer and better “Social Media Sites”. Depending on where you are sitting, some could be helpful to your business activities. Others could be helpful to your social life. Others can help politicians, religious leaders, just name it. Some might help your bank account. Where I sit, I need to at least understand them and use them when my “mission” requires.

Along comes another one: SNAPCHAT

Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, then Stanford University students. Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of April 2014, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds),after…

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Utica Comets 1, Albany Devils 2

The Utica Comets were downed by the Albany Devils 2-1 Saturday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Brandon DeFazio found the Comets only goal of the game, which matched his season career high for goals with a total of 17. Devils netminder Scott Clemmensen, the first star of the game, made it difficult for the Comets all night as he stopped 30 of the 31 shots the Comets threw towards the drapes.

DeFazio opened up the scoring halfway into the first stanza after he received a pass from the left corner courtesy of Dustin Jeffrey. With the puck in the center slot DeFazio spiked it to the far side of the net right past Clemmensen’s leg for the 1-0 lead at 9:15.

Towards the end of the second period a screen in front of Jacob Markstrom is finally what caused the Comets to give up their one-goal lead. Brandon Burlon unintentionally set up Ben Thomson after a slapshot that re-bounded off Markstrom’s right pad. With Hunter Shinkaruk and Graham Black fighting for a position in front of the net, the screen was too thick for Markstrom to see through and Thomson raced in to pop it in for the equalizer at 17:19. Chris McKlevie was credited with the secondary assist.

As they entered the third period, the Devils figured out that screening Markstrom was their best chance at beating one of the top goaltending leaders in the American Hockey League. At 4:07 Reece Scarlett pounded one in from the point and zipped through for the 2-1 lead as Markstrom was entertaining the handful of Devils that were setting up camp in front of his crease.

Despite pulling Markstrom and having a 6-on-5 advantage for the remaining 1:18 in the third, the Comets couldn’t find the equalizer to push the game to extra time.

The Comets will play their fourth game of their five-game homestand this Tuesday against the Hamilton Bulldogs for the fourth time this season. In their last meeting, the Bulldogs downed the Comets 7-5.

Utica Comets over the Toronto Marlies 5-2 Friday evening at The Utica Memorial Auditorium

Two power-play goals rocketed the Utica Comets over the Toronto Marlies 5-2 Friday evening at The Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Comets have scored two power-play goals in back-to-back games and have won seven of their last nine games.

Alexandre Grenier (1-2-3), Cal O’Reilly (1-1-2), Dustin Jeffrey (1-1-2), Alex Friesen (1-1-2) all helped the Comets win their 31st game of the year with multi-point games, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 of the 30 shots taken on him by the Marlies.

Things began to ramp up towards the end of period once O’Reilly netted the first goal for the Comets. Grenier saw the play unfold before his eyes as he circled around the back of Antoine Bibeau’s net. Once Grenier made it to the right circle, the Canadian winger released a quick pass that met O’Reilly just above the center slot. Without giving Bibeau the chance to react, O’Reilly sniped it through Bibeau’s right side for the 1-0 lead at 15:02. Nicklas Jensen received the secondary assist on the play.

The Comets waited almost twenty minutes but they scored another one for the two-goal lead at 14:11. It all started with Hunter Shinkaruk who popped off a pass to Jeffrey just before they crossed the blue line. Jeffrey streaked down the left wing and saw Friesen motioning his arm for the pass to the right wing. Jeffrey fed a saucer pass to Friesen who unloaded on the puck to put it straight past Bibeau to make it 2-0.

The third stanza was a bit more eventful for both sides of the ice with a total of five goals combined.

Jeffrey found the Comets third goal of the game and his 17th of the season after a dish to the right dot from Grenier in the opening minute of the third. Bibeau who was on the wrong side of the crease was distracted as the puck slid out to Jeffrey and right back to the open side of the net for the three-goal lead and the power-play goal.

The game wasn’t out of reach for the Marlies just yet as they scored two quick ones to make it a one-goal game.

Ryan Rupert found the net for Toronto’s first goal as the Comets were trying to kill off a slashing penalty taken by Brendan Gaunce. Rupert received a pass just inside the slot from Connor Brown and buried it past Markstrom’s glove to make it 3-1.

Brendan Leipsic, who was just dealt to the Marlies from the Milwaukee Admirals scored in his first game for his new club to shorten the Comets lead to one. The play developed much like their first goal as Leipsic was traveling to the right of the net. He received a pass from Sam Carrick which enabled him to knock the puck past Markstrom’s glove side for the second time.

The Comets took back their two-goal lead on yet another power-play attempt at 11:31. Grenier received the a pass at the point from O’Reilly and fired a shot that would not miss the back of the net to give the Comets a 4-2 lea. Jeremie Blain, who was recently called up from the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings, was also credited with his first assist on the season for the Comets fourth goal.

Just prior to the three-minute mark, Friesen took slashing penalty, which brought the face-off into the Comets zone at 16:49. In turn, the Marlies took advantage of the opportunity and pulled Bibeau out of net for a fighting chance. Luckily for the Comets, Acton intercepted the puck and directed it into the open net for the shorthanded goal and the 5-2 final decision.

The Comets have now scored five goals in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.

It’s another game night at The AUD tomorrow night as the Comets take on the Albany Devils for a 7 p.m. matcH-up to continue their season-high five-game homestand.

Three Stars: 1. UTI Dustin Jeffrey (1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points) 2. UTI Cal O’Reilly (1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points) 3. UTI Alex Friesen (1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points)


Remember When: Honorary citizen of StAugustine, Florida, 1938: Col. Fulgencio Batista,

Because we follow Florida East Coast Railway and All Aboard Florida so closely, we run into some other amazing stories about Florida/ This one came from the St. Augustine WebSite StAugustine.com

The connection of Florida and Cuba was around for a long time before the Castro “problem”, which we hope is on a way to a solution.



Contributed by James Banta Col. Fulgencio Batista, Cuban army chief, became an honorary citizen of St. Augustine on Nov. 21, 1938. Mayor Walter B. Fraser presented Batista with an inscribed scroll during the ceremony which took place during a brief stop of the Florida East Coast Railway train he was on. Pictured from left to right is Jim Banta, Mrs. Collins, General Collins, Fraser, Batista and Mary Louise Ponce. Every Monday we are running a photo to remind readers of what St. Augustine was like in the past. If you have photos like this send them to photos@staugustine.com or bring them to The Record building at One News Place. To see past images, go to staugustine.com.

Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a Cuban army officer who rose to the presidency on two occasions, from 1940-1944 and 1952-1958. He also held a great deal of national influence from 1933 to 1940, although he did not at that time hold any elected office. He is perhaps best remembered as the Cuban president who was overthrown by Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution of 1953-1959.

Collapse of the Machado Government

Batista was a young sergeant in the army when the repressive government of General Gerardo Machado fell apart in 1933. The charismatic Batista organized the so-called “Sergeant’s Rebellion” of non-commissioned officers and seized control of the armed forces. By making alliances with student groups and unions, Batista was able to put himself in a position where he was effectively ruling the country. He eventually broke with the student groups, including the Revolutionary Directorate (a student activist group) and they became his implacable enemies.

First Presidential Term, 1940-1944

In 1938, Batista ordered a new constitution and ran for president. In 1940 he was elected president in a somewhat crooked election, and his party won a majority in Congress. During his term, Cuba formally entered World War Two on the side of the Allies. Although he presided over a relatively stable time and the economy was good, he was defeated in the 1944 elections by Dr. Ramón Grau.

Return to the Presidency

Batista moved to Daytona Beach in the United States for a while before deciding to re-enter Cuban politics. He was elected senator in 1948 and returned to Cuba. He established the Unitary Action Party and ran for president in 1952, assuming that most Cubans had missed him during his years away. Soon, it became apparent that he would lose: he was running a distant third to Roberto Agramonte of the Ortodoxo Party and Dr. Carlos Hevia of the Auténtico party. Fearful of losing entirely his weakening grip on power, Batista and his allies in the military decided to take control of the government by force.



The 1952 Coup

Batista had a great deal of support. Many of his former cronies in the military had been weeded out or passed over for promotion in the years since Batista had left: it is suspected that many of these officers may have gone ahead with the takeover even if they had not convinced Batista to go along with it. In the early hours of March 10, 1952, about three months before the election was scheduled, the plotters silently took control of the Camp Columbia military compound and the fort of La Cabaña. Strategic spots such as railways, radio stations and utilities were all occupied. President Carlos Prío, learning too late of the coup, tried to organize a resistance but could not: he ended up seeking asylum in the Mexican embassy.

Back in Power

Batista quickly reasserted himself, placing his old cronies back in positions of power. He publicly justified the takeover by saying that President Prío had intended to stage his own coup in order to remain in power. Young firebrand lawyer Fidel Castro tried to bring Batista to court to answer for the illegal takeover, but was thwarted: he decided that legal means of removing Batista would not work. Many Latin American countries quickly recognized the Batista government and on May 27 the United States also extended formal recognition.


Castro, who would likely have been elected to Congress had the elections taken place, had learned that there was no way of legally removing Batista and began organizing a revolution. On July 26, 1953 Castro and a handful of rebels attacked the army barracks at Moncada, igniting the Cuban Revolution. The attack failed and Fidel and Raúl Castro were jailed, but it brought them a great deal of attention. Many captured rebels were executed on the spot, resulting in a lot of negative press for the government. In prison, Fidel Castro began organizing the 26th of July movement, named after the date of the Moncada assault.

Batista and Castro

Batista had been aware of Castro’s rising political star for some time, and had once even given Castro a $1,000 wedding present in an attempt to keep him friendly. After Moncada, Castro went to jail, but not before publicly making his own trial about the illegal power grab. In 1955 Batista ordered the release of many political prisoners, including those who had attacked Moncada. The Castro brothers went to Mexico to organize the revolution.

Batista’s Cuba

The Batista era was a golden age of tourism for Cuba. North Americans flocked to the island for relaxation and to stay at the famous hotels and casinos. The American mafia had a strong presence in Havana, and Lucky Luciano lived there for a time. Legendary mobster Meyer Lansky worked with Batista to complete projects, including the Havana Riviera hotel. Batista took a huge cut of all casino takings and amassed millions. Famous celebrities liked to visit and Cuba became synonymous with a good time for vacationers. Acts headlined by celebrities such as Ginger Rogers and Frank Sinatra performed at the hotels. Even American Vice-President Richard Nixon visited.

Outside of Havana, however, things were grim. Poor Cubans saw little benefit from the tourism boom and more and more of them tuned into rebel radio broadcasts. As the rebels in the mountains gained strength and influence, Batista’s police and security forces turned increasingly to torture and murder in an effort to root out the rebellion. The universities, traditional centers of unrest, were closed.

Exit from Power

In Mexico, the Castro brothers found many disillusioned Cubans willing to fight the revolution. The also picked up Argentine doctor Ernesto “Ché” Guevara. In November of 1956 they returned to Cuba on board the yacht Granma. For years they waged a guerrilla war against Batista. The 26th of July movement was joined by others inside Cuba who did their part to destabilize the nation: the Revolutionary Directorate (the student group that Batista had alienated years before) almost assassinated him in March of 1957. Castro and his men controlled huge sections of the country and had their own hospital, schools and radio stations. By late 1958 it was clear that the Cuban Revolution would win, and when Ché Guevara’s column captured the city of Santa Clara, Batista decided it was time to go. On January 1, 1959, he authorized some of his officers to deal with the rebels and fled, allegedly taking millions of dollars with him.

After the Revolution

The wealthy exiled president never returned to politics, even though he was still only in his fifties when he fled Cuba. He eventually settled in Portugal and worked for an insurance company. He also wrote several books and passed away in 1973. He left several children, and one of his grandchildren, Raoul Cantero, became a judge on the Florida Supreme Court.


Batista was corrupt, violent and out of touch with his people (or perhaps he simply didn’t care about them). Still, in comparison with fellow dictators such as the Somozas in Nicaragua, the Duvaliers in Haiti or even Alberto Fujimori of Peru, he was relatively benign. Much of his money was made by taking bribes and payoffs from foreigners, such as his percentage of the haul from the casinos. Therefore, he looted state funds less than other dictators did. He did frequently order the murder of prominent political rivals, but ordinary Cubans had little to fear from him until the revolution began, when his tactics turned increasingly brutal and repressive.

The Cuban Revolution was less the result of Batista’s cruelty, corruption or indifference than it was of Fidel Castro’s ambition. Castro’s charisma, conviction and ambition are singular: he would have clawed his way to the top or died trying. Batista was in Castro’s way, so he removed him.

That’s not to say that Batista did not help Castro greatly. At the time of the revolution, most Cubans despised him, the exceptions being the very wealthy who were sharing in the loot. Had he shared Cuba’s new wealth with his people, organized a return to democracy and improved conditions for the poorest Cubans, Castro’s revolution might never have taken hold. Even Cubans who have fled Castro’s Cuba and constantly rail against him rarely defend Batista: perhaps the only thing they agree on with Castro is that Batista had to go.

Utica Comets Defeat Texas Stars 5 to 2

The Comets kicked off their season-high five-game homestand by defeating the Texas Stars 5-2 Wednesday night at The Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets (30-14-5-1) scored two power-play goals for the eighth en route to their 30th win this season. The power-play goals were the first power-play goals allowed by the Texas Stars in the past 15 road games for the Stars.

The Stars (23-17-10-1) were unable to add to their three-game winning streak and were stumped five times by the Comets’ penalty kill, which entered the game ranked as the third best in the entire league.

Brandon DeFazio (2-1-3) (pictured above) who scored two goals and his first empty-net goal this year was credited as the first star of the game. Bobby Sanguinetti   (1-2-3), Dustin Jeffrey (1-0-1) and Brendan Gaunce (1-0-1) all found the back of net as well to help push the Comets’ points total to 66.

Bobby Sanguinetti
Bobby Sanguinetti

Sanguinetti got it all started for the Comets after he scored his 13th goal of the season just 37 seconds into the game. The play developed as Will Acton took a shot on the blocker side of Stars goaltender Jussi Rynnas as he battled with defenseman Cameron Gaunce. After a quick tussle, Acton beat Gaunce to the rebound and swung around to the backside of the net as he looked for the next course of action. Once Acton saw a passing lane to Sanguinetti, he dished it to the center hashmarks where Sanguinetti banged it home to give the Comets the 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the opening stanza. DeFazio was credited with the secondary assist.

After some back and forth play, the Stars found the equalizer towards the tail end of the period at 13:36. Travis Morin initiated the play by making a pass along the blue line to Scott Glennie, who then ripped a shot off on net from the right point. Vision was an issue for Jacob Markstrom as Jesse Root was screening in front. Once the puck reached the crease, Root tipped the puck into the mesh past the Comets netminder. The play was reviewed as Markstrom argued goaltender inference; however, the goal stood and the Stars were credited with the 1-1 equalizer.

With a little more than a minute left in the opening period, the Comets took back their one-goal lead on the power play following a slashing call on Matej Stransky. Confusion ensued in front of the net after Sanguinetti lifted one towards the goal. Alex Friesen got his stick on the puck but Jeffrey followed through with the play as he snuck it past Rynnas for the power-play goal and the 2-1 lead.

Just as they did at the beginning of the first, the Comets did it again at the start of the second. Just 17 seconds after the puck was dropped, Darren Archibald streaked in towards the net and brought Rynnas to the far left side of the net as he shot the puck. Little did Rynnas know that the puck would make its way around the backside of the net and on to DeFazio’s stick before the Finnish netminder could slide to the other post. DeFazio popped it in on the open side to give the Comets a two-goal lead.

A hooking call on Julius Honka dug an even deeper hole for the Stars as the Comets capitalized on their second power play chance of the night. Gaunce found his eighth goal of the season after receiving the puck from Hunter Shinkaruk. Gaunce slipped a wrist shot through the legs of Rynnas for the power-play goal and the commanding 4-1 lead. Travis Ehrhardt also received an assist on the play.

The third period didn’t see as much action as the first two periods, but it was enough to keep the Comets on top for the rest of the game.

Following a 30 second time-out, the Stars pulled Rynnas with just over four minutes left in the game for the extra-man advantage. At 16:56, DeFazio pretty much sealed it all up with an empty-netter and his second goal of the game.

The Stars got the last word in with less than a minute left in the third period. Derek Meech squeaked it over Markstrom as he sprawled to the left of the net to make the final score 5-2.

The Comets have scored five goals in back-to-back games after Wednesday night’s victory over the Stars.

The Comets will play their second game of their five-game homestand at The AUD this Friday against the Toronto Marlies at 7 p.m. Through their six meetings with Toronto, the Comets have a record of 3-2-1-0.

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