The Utica Comets had a legitimate shot a picking up two points Wednesday night, but had to settle for one, falling 6-5 in overtime to the Binghamton Senators in an American Hockey League game.
The Comets have 99 points, and they hold a two-point lead over the San Antonio Rampage for the Western Conference’s top spot with two games to play.
Fans also were treated to a rarity – a total of five goalies took the ice Wednesday.
Chris Driedger got the start in goal for Binghamton, but he left with an injury late in the first period, making way for Peter Mannino.
Mannino was tossed in the second following a fight against Comets netminder Jacob Markstrom. Scott Greenham entered as Binghamton’s third goalie of the evening, and Joacim Eriksson came in for Utica.
That came on the heels of another fight, when Darren Kramer was ejected after pouncing on the Comets’ Frank Corrado. The Comets were awarded 5 minutes of power-play hockey as a result, but couldn’t capitalize.
The teams traded first-period goals, and a Brandon DeFazio score late in the second (before all of the fireworks) gave the Comets a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Then things got exciting … again.
A pair of power-play goals about a minute apart gave the Senators a 3-2 lead early in the third, but Cory Conacher tied it 3-3 with about 12½ minutes to play.
Chris Wideman put the Senators back on top, but DeFazio and Alex Grenier helped Utica retake the lead with 3:35 to play. The Comets couldn’t hold that lead, though, and Shane Prince tied it at 5-5 just 40 seconds later.
Fredrik Claesson netted the winner in overtime to finally end it.
The Comets are back on the ice Friday, when they visit Rochester, and they close out their regular season Saturday at Adirondack.