Comets 2 vs. Devils 3 (OT)

The Utica Comets jumped out to a quick start Saturday night, leading 2-0 after the first period, but couldn’t keep up the tempo, and ultimately fell 3-2 to the Albany Devils in overtime at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Ronalds Kenins (0-2-2) recorded his fourth multi point game in the team’s last five games with two assists. Brendan Gaunce (1-0-1) and Andrey Pedan (1-0-1) each scored for the Comets while Joe Cannata made 31 saves for the Comets.

The Comets potted the first goal of the game 6:51 into the first period. Kenins ripped a shot on net, and Yann Danis knocked it away, but Pedan came up with the rebound, brought the puck to the front of the net and backhanded it into the net.

Utica extended their lead to 2-0 with 2:38 remaining in the first. Hunter Shinkaruk passed it to Gaunce standing in the crease. Gaunce spun around and flicked the puck past Danis for his 15th goal of the season.

The Devils cut into the Comets lead and got on the board for the first 3:08 into the second. Jim O’Brien fired a shot from just inside the blue line, and Dan Kelly got a piece of it to redirect it past Cannata to make it 2-1.

Albany would tie it five minutes later when Mike Sislo jammed a rebound past Cannata for his league-leading 24th goal of the season.

With no goals from either side in the third, the game went to overtime. Matt Lorito ended it with 1:54 left in overtime. Lorito broke away with the puck and put a wrist shot past Cannata to give the Devils a 3-2 win.

Utica finished with 23 shot on goal, while Albany had 34 shots on the night. Danis made 21 saves for the Devils.

With the loss, the Comets drop to 25-18-5-3. The Devils improve to 30-13-7-0 with the win.

The Comets will stay at home for their next game, as they will take on the St. Johns IceCaps at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, Friday night. The two teams have split the first four games against each other this season, each winning two games. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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