Pascal Pelletier scored the game-winning goal with 34 seconds left, and the Utica Comets killed off eight of nine Toronto Marlies penalties to earn a hard-fought 2-1 win in an American Hockey League game Sunday in Toronto.
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It was a 2 to 1 American Hockey League victory.
The Comets are 19-23-3-4 for 45 points, and are 19-15-2-3 since opening the season with a 10-game winless streak that is making every game over the last third of the season very, very important.
The win came on the heels of a 7-3 Friday loss to the Amerks in Rochester, which had won 10 of its previous 13 games. The Amerks had won six of eight games against Utica before last night and had outscored the Comets 18-6 in the last three meetings.
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Utica Comets have announced their 2013-14 regular season schedule. The inaugural season of Utica Comets hockey will begin on Oct. 11, when the Comets visit the Rochester Americans at 7:05 p.m.
Utica will have a fan-friendly home schedule, that kicks off on Oct. 23 against the Albany Devils, which consists of 29 of their 38 home games being played on either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The weekend home schedule will be highlighted by 16 Friday night home games and eight Saturday night home games.
Comets fans will have an opportunity to see 18 different opponents this season, the most diverse schedule in the AHL. Affiliates of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks (Rockford) as well as the Buffalo Sabres (Rochester), Pittsburgh Penguins (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) and Philadelphia Flyers (Adirondack) will all make appearances at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Utica will compete in the North Division of the Western Conference along with Hamilton (Montreal), Lake Erie (Colorado), Toronto (Toronto) and Rochester (Buffalo). They will play 28 games within the North Division and 54 total games within the Western Conference. The Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) will be Utica’s most common opponent as the Comets will face them 12 times.
Don’t forget, FM 94.9 K-ROCK will broadcast all 76 regular season games, as well as all post-season games. Brendan Burke has been named the play-by-play broadcaster, and head of public relations, for the team’s inaugural season in the American Hockey League.