Utica Comets lost to the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 in overtime at the Patinoire Charlemagne Arena in Lyon, France

Blair Jones (1-0-1) netted the Comets only goal of the night, and Clay Witt stopped 32 of 34 Crunch shots in the loss.

The Crunch broke open the scoring 14:52 into the game when Tanner Richard scored an unassisted short-handed goal.

The Comets tied the game up just 15 seconds later when Blair Jones found the back of the net for his first goal of the preseason. Michael Zalewski and Cole Cassels tallied assists on the goal.

The game remained scoreless until overtime, when Tony DeAngelo scored on the power play to win the game for the Crunch.

The Comets will play their final preseason game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. ET) against the Dragons de Rouen.


The Utica Comets kicked off their 2015 pre-season schedule with a 1-0 shutout win against the Syracuse Crunch at the Patinoire Charlemagne Arena in Lyon, France on Thursday night.

Joe Cannats started in net for the Comets and turned away all of the Crunch’s shots in the shutout effort. Nicklas Jensen (1-0-1) scored the Comets lone goal.

The Comets broke the scoreless tie 7:45 into the second period. Jensen ripped a shot past Adam Wilcox for the Comets first goal of the preseason. Joseph LaBate and Alex Friesen recorded assists on the marker.

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced  that the Canucks have reduced their pre-season roster by two players. The moves bring the club’s current roster to 28 players.

The following players have been assigned to the Utica Comets:

*         Richard Bachman, Goaltender
*         Taylor Fedun, Defense

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