Buoyed by three unanswered goals, the Utica Comets came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center. The win was the first time the Comets won a game in which they exited a period trailing.
Hunter Shinkaruk (1-0-1) continued his torrid pace to start the season with his 11th goal of the year. . Alexandre Grenier (1-1-2), and Jordan Subban (0-2-2) enjoyed multi-point nights. Richard Bachman recorded his first win as a Comet with a 16-save performance.
The Wolf Pack jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when they scored on their first two shots of the game. Nick Tarnasky, on a two-on-one rush, beat Bachman with a wrist shot after a Comets neutral zone turnover.
Just a minute later, Jayson Megna scored his fourth goal of the season with a wrap-around, this one coming on the power play.
The Comets finally solved Mackenzie Skapski about midway through the second period. On the power play, Jordan Subban hammered a slap on net that Skapski denied. Grenier collected the puck and backhanded it over the sprawled out goaltender for his first power-play goal of the season, and third goal overall.
Shinkaruk re-gained a share of the American Hockey League lead in goals with his 11th goal of the season, his sixth on the power-play. Grenier cleanly won an offensive zone draw directly to Subban, who quickly settled the puck and slid it Shinkaruk. From the right face-off circle, Shinkaruk rifled a wrist shot past Skapski to knot the game at 2-2.
The Comets came out firing in the third period and their efforts paid off in the form of a go-ahead goal. Darren Archibald put home a rebound that came off of an Alex Biega blast just 4:49 into the third period.
With the win the Comets record improved to 6-8-1-1 on the season, while the win dropped the Wolf Pack’s record to 8-9-2-0 this season. The Comets power play converted on two of their five attempts, while the penalty-killing until was successful five out of six times.
The Comets next game is Wednesday night at The AUD when they welcome the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Mohawk Valley. Puck drop is scheduled for 7p.m. for the Comets 24th consecutive sold out home game.