Comets 4 vs. Crunch 0: Joe Cannata has Shutout

The Utica Comets rebounded from a tough loss last game, and came out strong behind another great crowd at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, when they defeated their arch-rival, the Syracuse Crunch 4-0. Joe Cannata had 30 saves two get his first career AHL shutout for the Comets.

Brendan Gaunce (1-0-1), Blair Jones (1-0-1), Linden Vey (1-0-1), and Hunter Shinkaruk (1-0-1) all scored for the men in green. Jordan Subban (0-2-2) chipped in a pair of assists for his first career multi-point game in the professional ranks.

Gaunce started the game’s scoring when he put a wrist shot over the shoulder of Crunch goalkeeper, Allen York, to put the Comets ahead 1-0 just 4:12 into the game. Subban and Nicklas Jensen assisted on the goal. The Comets scored again just seven minutes later on a power play, when Subban fired a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper, and Jones finished it off for his first goal of the season to put the Comets ahead 2-0. Subban and Alex Friesen picked up assists on the goals.

It looked like both teams would go scoreless in the second period until the Comets capitalized on a power play when Vey snuck a wrist shot past the far side of York. Comets captain Alex Biega assisted on the goal.

Just 1:35 into the third period, Wacey Hamilton slipped a backhand pass through the legs of a Crunch defender to Hunter Shinkaruk, who finished it off for his fourth goal of the season.

Syracuse outshot the Comets 30 to 26, but couldn’t get the puck past the great goaltending of Cannata. With the shutout, Cannata raised his season save percentage to .940, and lowered his goals against average to 1.42. Cannata now has 110 saves in just five games this season. Allen York had 22 saves for the Crunch.

The Comets power play converted twice on seven opportunities, and the penalty-killing unit was a perfect six-for-six on the night.

With the win, the Comets improved to 2-3-0-0 on the season. The loss dropped the Crunch to a 2-3-0-0 record.

The Comets will hit the road on Friday for their next game, as they travel to Binghamton, NY to take on the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate, Binghamton Senators at Floyd L. Maines Veteran Memorial Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Customer data silos continue to hold up the omnichannel experience

The omnichannel mandate of creating a seamless ominchannel experience for customers regardless of whether they’re online or in-store remains a distant goal for enterprises.

Today’s consumer has an array of options from which to choose to research and purchase products: they can shop in-store or online, via a mobile phone or research products on a blog or community site for reviews. Consumers may also commune with peers on community sites or on blogs and social media sites. Or they may use mobile wallet technologies to pay for products and receive discounts.

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.

Northeast PA bids so long to historic D&H

A glance at a map is all you need to get a sense of Delaware & Hudson Railway Co.’s significance to the development of Northeast Pennsylvania and the Lackawanna Valley in particular.

Honesdale is named for Philip Hone, the former New York mayor who served as the first president of Delaware & Hudson Canal Co., the railroad’s predecessor.

Olyphant and Dickson City? Named for George Talbot Olyphant and Thomas Dickson, the company’s fourth and fifth presidents, respectively. Archbald’s namesake, James Archbald, was a D&H senior mechanical engineer.

Early Saturday, after 192 years, the railroad recognized as the nation’s oldest transportation company, and one that drove the region’s growth while helping to fuel the nation’s industrialization, will bid farewell to Northeast Pennsylvania.

The D&H made railroading history in 1829 when, during a short run in Honesdale, its English-built Stourbridge Lion became the first steam locomotive to operate on a commercial rail line in the United States, though the engine proved too heavy for the tracks of the day.

Around the same time, the company opened its 16-mile gravity rail system to haul coal from Carbondale to the canal terminus in Honesdale. It later expanded the system deeper into the valley, where mines opened to meet the demand for anthracite.

“Especially from Scranton to Carbondale, back in the heyday, there were several major breakers up and down the whole valley,” Mr. Kilcullen said. “They provided a lot of jobs and shipped out a lot of coal.”

He said Carbondale in particular “really owes its existence to the D&H,” which eventually established a major railyard and roundhouse there that employed hundreds of people during the height of the steam era.

As the D&H expanded its rail operations in the post-Civil War era, pushing south to Wilkes-Barre and north through New York to Canada, the canal become less important and was abandoned in 1899.

Although it was always a relatively small railroad, the D&H was an innovator, Mr. Kilcullen said. It was among the first railroads to use welded rail and the very first to have centralized traffic control along its mainline.

“It had a lot of firsts even though it was a small operation because it was a fairly rich railroad because of the coal,” Mr. Kilcullen said. “They were a very progressive company and way ahead of a lot of the bigger railroads because they had the money to do it.”

When the anthracite industry died out, D&H became mainly a pass-through carrier of overhead freight, a role it embraced by billing itself as “The Bridge Line to New England and Canada.”

Mr. Barrett said southern carriers who wanted to get traffic to Northeast points had some other options, but the D&H line offered the shortest route to get there.

“Via other railroads, they would get traffic up to the D&H, and the D&H would take it to New England and Canada,” he said.

The average person will likely notice no difference, aside from an eventual increase in rail traffic, he said.

“In the long run, it’s going to be great for the area and great for what they have bought because Norfolk Southern aggressively markets their railroad. They will bring in new customers, and they will provide better service,” Mr. Barrett said. “All in all, my own gut feeling is it’s going to be a good thing.”

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D&H timeline

1823: Charter issued for Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.

1828: D&H completes construction of 108-mile canal from Honesdale to Hudson River.

1829: Gravity railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale becomes operational.

1899: Canal abandoned; corporation renamed Delaware & Hudson Co., operates Delaware & Hudson Railway Co.

1968: D&H taken over by Dereco, holding company for Norfolk and Western Railway.

1988: D&H enters bankruptcy four years after purchase by Guilford Transportation Industries.

1991: Canadian Pacific Railway acquires D&H.

2014: Norfolk Southern Corp. announces it will buy 283 miles of D&H line in Pennsylvania and New York


Comets 4 vs. Amerks 2

Comets 4 vs. Amerks 2

The crowd was electric Wednesday for the Comets first home game of the season against the Rochester Americans, as the Comets won their first game of the season by the score of 4-2 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Hunter Shinkaruk led the way for the Comets with his first professional hat trick.

Shinkaruk (3-0-3) and Alexandre Grenier (1-0-1) accounted for the team’s scoring, while Joe Cannata made 12 saves for his first win of the season.

The Comets got off to a quick start when Shinkaruk fired a wrist shot into the back of the net on a power play for his first goal of the season, just two minutes into the game. Linden Vey and Taylor Fedun assisted on the goal. The Amerks, however, came right back to tie it at one apiece with a goal from Jason Akeson, off a pass from former Comets captain, Cal O’Reilly.

Shinkaruk then gave the Comets the lead again with 1:43 left in the second period, when he scored his second goal of the game, again on another power play. Brendan Gaunce and Jordan Subban assisted on the goal.

Shinkaruk finished off the hat trick with 13:14 left in the third period on assists from Nicklas Jenson and Andrey Pedan. Rochester then cut the lead to 3-2 on a slap shot off the stick of Jerome Leduc on a pass from Chad Ruhwedel. The Amerks pulled their goalie with just under a minute to go, but Grenier put an open netter in for the Comets to cap off the scoring and give the Comets a 4-2 victory.

The Comets dominated the shot count with 47 shots on goal, compared to just 14 for the Amerks. Linus Ullmark recorded 43 saves in net for Rochester.

With the win, the Comets improve to 1-2-0-0 on the season. The loss drops the Amerks to 2-3-0-0 on the season.

The Comets will stay at home for their next game, as they will take on the Hershey Bears on Friday at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

A look at the worst bottlenecks on the Northeast Corridor

As state and federal officials look for an estimated $15 billion for a new train tunnel between New York and New J pictured at the top was built in 184ersey, passengers along the rail line known as the Northeast Corridor contend with regular disruptions caused by track configurations and infrastructure dating to the time of the Model T — or earlier.

The Cos Cob Bridge pictured above was built in 1848 and rebuilt in 1890.

These antiquated structures, which will cost billions to replace or upgrade, conspire to slow train travel in a variety of ways. They can limit the number and speed of trains that pass through at a given time, and aging parts can lead to malfunctions when bridges open to allow boats to pass under. Regular maintenance can be costly and time-consuming.

With Congress reluctant to fund major rail projects and states unable to foot the bills themselves, it paints a bleak picture for the Northeast Corridor, the nation’s busiest rail line, where annual passenger trips on Amtrak and eight commuter lines, currently at 260 million annually, are projected to double by 2040.

“It’s one of those things that when it happens, it really is scary,” Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said, referring to when one of his state’s aging bridges malfunctions. “There is no alternative. There’s no option for that. When it opens and it doesn’t shut, the whole Northeast corridor is shut down.”

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Intermodal’s role in supply-chain solutions

In the September issue of Progressive Railroading, BNSF Railway Co.’s Group Vice President for Consumer Products Katie Farmer penned a guest column on the many ways in which intermodal service is providing solutions to the challenges in the supply chain industry today.

Farmer notes that U.S. rail intermodal volume reached a record 13.5 million containers and trailers in 2014, breaking the previous year’s record. The sector has grown in large part because of the billions of dollars that railroads have invested — and continue to invest — in infrastructure improvements and capacity expansion. Those upgrades have helped the intermodal business to thrive.

In contrast, lane miles added to the nation’s highways have not kept pace with the significant increase in vehicle miles traveled over the past 25 years. That’s where rail intermodal comes in to help reduce congestion on highways, as well as to improve greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, Farmer writes.

To learn more about the role rail-intermodal service plays in the supply-chain industry, read Farmer’s column.

Hillary Clinton wins debate, but her lead on Bernie Sanders slips

So sick of stories like this. Cannot believe how anybody can even believe ANYTHING the “mainstream media” says.

Maybe they push Hillary because she might put some of her “Wall Street Money” in their masters pockets?

Don’t remember when debates started. Maybe 1960 with “tricky Dick” and JFK. See old movie “Mrs. Robinson” THE GRADUATE. But Bernie made the classic remark with the “damn emails”. Hillary does not talk why she voted to send Americans to their deaths by voting for the Iraq war. At least they cannot vote against her!!!!!


Power Plant Train Wreck

Power Plant Men

I always loved playing with numbers, and thanks to the Birthday Phantom at the Coal-fired Power Plant in North Central Oklahoma, I knew everyone’s birthdays. so in 1996 I decided that I would chart them all on a graph.  When I compiled them all, I found that the Power Plant was in for one heck of a train wreck.  The entire basis that enabled the plant the size of a small city to run with a total of 121 employees was going to start crumbling within the next 13 years.

The original chart I made was in pencil.  Here is a simple column chart of the employee ages from Excel:

Age of the employees at the Power Plant in 1996 Age of the employees at the Power Plant in 1996

Now study this chart for a minute….  The youngest person in the plant was 31.  There was one.  The oldest were four who were 56.  If you take everyone from…

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