The Utica Comets completed their three-in-three weekend with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday evening at the Webster Bank Arena. The game came to an odd conclusion when it put the on-ice officials in a position where the results of a reviewed play in overtime would decide who won the contest. Ultimately, the referees waved off a potential Comets goal, which awarded the Sound Tigers the win.
Travis Ehrhardt (1-0-1) and Alexandre Grenier (1-0-1) scored for the Comets, while Joe Cannata made 25 saves in the loss.
Halfway through the first period the Comets struck first with Ehrhardt’s first goal of the season. From the corner, Linden Vey slid a backhand pass to Ehrhardt as he streaked in from the blue line. Ehrhardt chipped the puck over the blocker of Chris Gibson for his 10th career American Hockey League goal. Linden Vey extended his point-scoring streak to four games with the assist.
For the second time in as many nights the Comets allowed a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Ryan Pulock hammered a one-timed slap shot from just inside the blue line past Cannata. Joe Whitney added an assist on the goal for his league-leading 13th point.
One of the wackiest goals of the season gave the Comets the lead once again with 4:17 left in the second period when Andrey Pedan broke his stick on a slap shot attempt. With half the stick flying towards the net, Grenier redirected the off-target puck into the Sound Tiger’s net before Gibson could reposition himself. With the secondary assist, Taylor Fedun ran his point-streak to three games.
Once again on the power play, the Sound Tigers tied the game back up when Justin Vaive redirected a Pulock shot past Cannata.
In overtime, the Comets came out on the wrong end of a crazy play. A shot from Hunter Shinkaruk found its way behind the Sound Tigers’ goaltender. The Comets celebrated the would be game-winning goal. However, the referee immediately waved it off. A quick-thinking save from a Sound Tigers defenseman sprung Alan Quine on a coast-to-coast breakaway where he would score the game-winning goal.
The final play would be reviewed by the officials but the call on the ice stood.
The Comets power play failed to convert on three opportunities, and the penalty-killing unit killed just two of the four Sound Tigers’ power-play opportunities. The Comets were outshot 28-19, the fourth straight time they have been outshot.
With the loss, the Comets dropped to 3-4-1-0 on the season. The win improved the Sound Tigers record to 8-3-0-0.
The Comets return to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for a three-game home stand that starts on Wednesday, November 4 against the Portland Pirates. Puck drop is slated for 7pm.