Utica Comets 0 vs. Hershey Bears 1

A questionable Hershey Bears goal in the game’s final minutes was all the Bears needed to defeat the Utica Comets 1-0 on Friday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Comets’ goaltender Joe Cannata made 24 saves in the loss.

The game looked destined for overtime until the 18:49 mark of the third period found the puck in the back of the Comets net. After Cannata covered the puck with his glove, Bears’ forward Garrett Mitchell jammed the puck out of his glove, and through Cannata’s legs for the game’s only goal. The goal was assisted by Connor Carrick and Paul Carey.

The Comets power play failed to convert in their four attempts, while the penalty kill successfully killed all five of the Bear’s power-play attempts.

The Comets continue their time at home tomorrow against our close to home rivals, the Syracuse Crunch. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm following the Comets’ fan fest that starts at 3pm.

The Utica Comets game Friday night began with a moment of silence for a volunteer, off-ice official who died following a stabbing in Ilion.Gary Eckler, 66, died after being taken to a local hospital from 33 E. Clark St. earlier in the day.

Comets President Robert Esche said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the news.