FINAL: Comets 7 vs Phantoms 1

The Utica Comets scored in bunches on Wednesday night and gave their fans thanks, the night before Thanksgiving, when they defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 7-1 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday night.

Alex Biega (1-1-2), Alex Friesen (1-1-2), Taylor Fedun (1-1-2), Carter Bancks (0-2-2), and Wacey Hamilton (1-1-2) all enjoyed two-point nights. Blair Jones (2-0-2) scored twice, and Joseph LaBate (1-0-1) potted his first professional goal, while Joe Cannata made 27 saves in the win.

The Comets jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead just 2:33 into the game when Alex Friesen won an offensive zone face-off clean, stepped around the opposing centerman, and rifled the puck past Anthony Stolarz. The unassisted goal was Friesen’s second of the season.

Fedun doubled the Comets lead to 2-0 just five minutes into the second period with his third goal of the season. On the power play, Fedun fired a wrist shot to the right of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Biega and Friesen assisted on Fedun’s goal.

The Comets then took a 3-0 lead 15:26 into the second, when Biega put a one-timer into the net off of a perfect pass from Linden Vey for his first goal of the season. Nicklas Jensen also assisted on the goal.

Wacey Hamilton would score just 1:50 later to give the Comets a 4-0 lead. Hamilton came down the right side of the ice, made a move to get past the goalkeeper, and backhanded the puck into the net for his second goal of the season. Bancks and Fedun collected assists on the tally.

The Comets completed their four goal third period when Blair Jones scored his fifth goal of the season. Jones fired a slap shot off the post, and in after he received a pass from Darren Archibald.

Jones tic-tac-toe goal 3:03 into the third period stretched the Comets lead to 6-0. Wacey Hamilton stole the puck away from a Phantom defenseman, quickly passed it to Carter Bancks who dished it off to Jones to finish off in front of the net for his second goal of the game and sixth of the season.

The Phantoms finally got on the board at the 9:11 mark of the third period with a goal from Aaron Palushaj.

Joseph LaBate capped off the Comets’ scoring with his first goal as a professional. LaBate received a pass from Ronalds Kenins, and finished it off with a wrist shot to give the Comets a 7-1 lead. Jordan Subban also assisted on the play.

The Comets outshot the Phantoms 33-28. The Comets power play went 1-for-6, while the penalty-killing unit was a perfect 3-for-3.

With the win, Utica improves to 7-8-1-1 on the season. The loss drops the Phantoms to 8-10-1-0. The Comets are now 3-0-0-0, and have outscored opponents 18-2 in their new green alternate sweaters.

The Comets will be on the road for their next game, as they will travel to Portland, ME to take on the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, Portland Pirates on Friday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.


How Power Plant Men “Ate My Lunch”

Power Plant Men

Originally posted: November 22, 2013:

I suppose you’ve heard it said that there is no such thing as a free lunch. The same is true at the Coal-fired Power Plant where I worked for 20 years first as a summer help, then a janitor, a laborer and finally as an electrician. I did find out when I was a janitor, that even though they may not have been a free lunch, there was often a carefully prepared lunch for special occasions.

I have written about when I was an electrician where I would sit in the electric shop office during lunch and Charles Foster and I would sit and talk day after day about various topics throughout the years (See the post “Eating Power Plant Pickles, Peppers and Ice Cream“). He kept my lunch well-stocked with various types of vegetables throughout the year. It seemed to me that…

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Give Thanks

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

We call them “terrorists” because their goal is to inflict terror. Fear – a blinding fear that overcomes us and makes us set aside everything we value.

When we surrender to terror we surrender to the terrorists. Victory comes when we reach inside ourselves and develop bravery. That is what happens when resolve matches fear. Such bravery has defined us and given us everything we have – and is something for which we must be truly thankful.

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Stop delaying the Second Avenue subway

Gov. Cuomo likes to be the responsible one — the pragmatic protector of New York City against Mayor de Blasio’s purported back-to-the-’70s policies. But now it’s Cuomo who’s helping the mayor take us back to the bad old days.

The governor has just postponed the Second Avenue Subway, something that last happened 41 years ago. And he doesn’t have the excuse that New York had back then: Gotham was practically bankrupt.

If this is how we treat our important investment projects in the good times, what will happen when the bad times return?

Will we ever get a real Second Avenue Subway?

For nearly a century, the project has been a barometer of New York’s fiscal and civic health. City planners first proposed the line from downtown to the Harlem River in 1929, just in time for the stock-market crash and the Great Depression.

Mid-century politicians kept promising to revive the idea, but didn’t get around to it until 1968.

The city and state were booming, and to relieve “enormous congestion” on the Lex, Gov. Rockefeller OK’d the plan, plus a “new Bronx line” to connect to it.

Six years later, the city went bust, and the state was saving us from bankruptcy. Mayor Abe Beame killed the project in December 1974. Four months later, he promised the end of construction was just a “deferment,” with construction to start when the money for it turned up.

That wouldn’t happen for . . . another 33 years. In 2007, toward the end of the biggest economic boom the city has seen in modern history, Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke, or re-broke, the ground. As early as next Christmas, the first three stations of the new subway will open, all on the Upper East Side.

But this subway line was supposed to be 16 stations. The next phase of Second Avenue should go up to Harlem. And eventually, the train is supposed to go down to Wall Street (we seem to have given up on The Bronx).

But not anytime soon. Last week, Cuomo’s MTA signed off on a plan to delay tunneling for the project, from sometime in the next four years to sometime in the five years after that.

Why? The MTA and the city are telling transit advocates that it’s not money, but time. They just can’t start the work fast enough because they have to buy up property and do design and engineering work first. Plus, they lost a year in construction work as the pols dithered over the funding plan, anyway.

Maybe — but the more obvious culprit is money. Delaying the subway will “save” the state and city $1 billion over the next four years. Indeed, in its official capital-plan document, the MTA lists a lack of “funding availability” as the first reason for the delay.

Without this cut, the “fully funded” $29 billion investment plan that Cuomo and de Blasio keep touting for the MTA simply doesn’t work.

Already, the “fully funded” plan depends on vague cost savings, plus $7.3 billion from the state and $1.8 billion from the city, money neither the mayor nor the governor has identified.

So Cuomo slashed $1 billion from Second Avenue, and gave the city $5 million instead to “study” yet another unfunded subway on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. That way, Cuomo has enough money to keep paying to bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central — a $10.2 billion project that will consume nearly $3.1 billion over the next four years, or 70 percent of the MTA’s expansion budget.

A perfectly fair trade, if you’re our slightly clueless mayor, who never busies his head with pesky numbers.

It’s not the end of the world if we break ground on the northern part of Second Avenue in 2021 instead of 2019.

But what happens next? What if, say, East Side Access costs even more — consuming yet more capital starting in 2020? Or what if the economy crashes? That’s not an unreasonable assumption, considering the last recession ended nearly seven years ago. Even without a recession, the MTA faces a $175 million deficit that must be filled starting little more than two years ago.

If Second Avenue is a little bit expendable now, it will be very expendable then.
Maybe Lex-line commuters will see real relief sometime in the next century?

Nicole Gelinas is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal.

Twitter: @nicolegelinas

Lonely Author Guide To Communicating With Women

The Lonely Author

Men, have you ever stared at the phone trying to decipher the last thing your better half just uttered? Have you ever scratched your head knowing she said something between the lines?  Have you ever taken selfies wearing fine lingerie, nail polish, and perfume?  Ooops, that’s a post for another day.

Christmas isn’t here yet, but here is an early gift for men, a guide to communicating with women because you already realize that yes means no, no means no, no means yes, or sometimes maybe….ah, shucks, you get the idea.

  1. Fine – This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
  2. Five Minutes – If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour       (possibly more). Five minutes is only three minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around…

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Proposed NS-CP tie-up reawakens rail consolidation questions

The proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways raises the question of whether the Class I railroad industry will be swept up in the wave of consolidation hitting the third-party logistics, parcel, and perhaps, even, the container shipping industries.

The Canadian railroad said it had approached NS “proposing a business combination that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale and reach to deliver improved levels of service to customers and communities while enhancing competition and creating significant shareholder value.”

The terms of the offer were not disclosed in the official CP statement. NS, however, did respond later that its board of directors would evaluate the offer “to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk Southern share, representing a premium of less than 10 percent based on closing prices.”

“CP strongly believes that the combined railroad would offer unparalleled customer service and competitive rates that will support the success of the shippers and industries it serves, and satisfy the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and Canadian regulators,” CP said in a statement.

Creel and his boss, CP CEO Hunter Harrison, could make history if they successfully stitch together a 35,500-mile railroad with a combined market value of $47 billion, stretching from Canada’s West Coast to the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Atlantic seaboard.


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Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Heart opens, million tears drop
a vast ocean is born
engulfing deep sorrows,
drowning them deep,
feeding ruthlessness piranhas
letting joy dolphins to play jump,
Take a line, catch happiness
Kiss mermaids, rest dear heart
which has been taken apart
bruised, battered, too many times,
clock chimes, hour of tranquility
has arrived, after waiting for centuries


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