The Utica Comets are still in search of their first win after dropping their second game of the season by the score of 3-0 to the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Saturday night. Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg pitched a 30-save shutout en route to his second win of the season.
The home team kicked off the game’s scoring 8:20 into the first frame when Richard Nejezchleb potted his first goal of the season. Off of a three-on-two rush, Cannata turned aside Chad Nehring’s shot from the short side before Calle Andersson chipped the rebound to the slot for the eventual tally.
The Pack doubled up their lead 7:35 into the third period. Adam Tambellini, on a breakaway, slipped a shot through the legs of Cannata for his second goal of the season. Brian Gibbons picked up an assist on the play.
Nehring added an empty-net goal from center ice with 2:44 to play to put the game away.
The Comets penalty-killing unit went a perfect three-for-three, running their season total to seven-for-seven. Joe Cannata made 25 saves in the loss.
The Comets finally get a taste of home cooking with a three-game homestand that begins on Wednesday vs. the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Comets will follow up Wednesday’s game with a Friday tilt against the Hershey Bears, and a Saturday game against the Syracuse Crunch. Both starting at 7pm.