Utica Comets captain Alex Biega, forward Brendan Gaunce and goaltender Jacob Markstrom are back with the team.
Markstrom, the expected backup for the parent Vancouver Canucks this season, returns to Utica on a conditioning assignment as he makes his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in early October. Markstrom, a key player in the team’s run to the Calder Cup Finals last season, played in 32 regular-season games with the Comets, finishing with a 1.88 goals against average, a 0.934 save percentage and five shutouts. In 23 playoff games last season, Markstrom had a 2.11 goals against average and a 0.925 save percentage.
Comets head coach Travis Green said Wednesday that the plan was for Markstrom “to play a couple games before he goes back (to Vancouver).” The Canucks begin a seven-game road trip Saturday in Buffalo. They play New Jersey on Sunday.
The Comets (4-4-1-0 overall) take on the Eastern Conference North Division rival Toronto Marlies (8-3-0-0) on Friday and former Comets standout Brandon DeFazio and the Providence Bruins (3-4-3-0) on Saturday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Both games are set for 7 p.m.
Gaunce, 21, made his National Hockey League debut Oct. 29. He earned his first career goal Oct. 30 at Arizona. Before he was called up, Gaunce had a goal and assist in five games with Utica this season. He had nine points in 21 playoff games last season with the Comets.
Biega, 27, did not appear in any games with the Canucks after being called up. He made his NHL debut with the Canucks last season, scoring one goal in seven games. Biega was also a big part of the Comets’ playoff run last season with four assists in 23 games. He has an assist in in five games with the Comets this season.
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A long-overlooked loophole allows railroad infrastructure to be built with virtually no local permit requirements at all
n early 2012, residents of this sleepy town began to notice an unusual amount of activity around the Grafton & Upton rail yard at the north end of town. An old barn that had stood for over a century was knocked down. Bulldozers came out, clearing the land.
The tiny 16.5-mile railroad had been nearly defunct, but was purchased in 2008 by Jon Delli Priscoli, a major local developer with a penchant for railroads; he also owns a Thomas the Tank Engine theme park 70 miles away.
At least one town official who visited the site to ask about the construction said he was told that the railroad’s activities weren’t subject to review by the town.
In December 2012, Delli Priscoli finally unveiled his plans to more than 100 residents at a meeting…
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