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Pelletier, Stuart, Cannata lead Utica Comets Over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins


Old pros Pascal Pelletier and Colin Stuart scored the goals and Joe Cannata made 22 saves as the Utica Comets kept their slim American Hockey League playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Comets now have 63 points, six points out of the final playoff spot with 13 games to play.

Pelletier scored a power play goal – and picked up his 50th point of the season – at 12:28 of the second period, with Alexandre Grenier and Brandon DeFazio assisting, to give the Comets the first lead. The Penguins (35-21-3-5, 78 points) got that back quickly, with Chuck Kobasew scoring, also on the power play, at 15:23.

The score remained deadlocked until Stuart, who is in his 10th professional season, as is Pelletier, fired home his 17th goal at 8:01 of the third. Cal O’Reilly had an assist – his 30th in 39 games – and Alex Friesen had the other.

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Tony’s AUDelicious Deli and Sports Bar across from the Utica Memorial Auditorium will open at noon Sunday. Frank Cristiano, who runs the tricked-out Tony’s Pizzeria in Washington Mills, said the property on Whitesboro Street was originally supposed to be a bakery, but with talk of an American Hockey League team started, he wanted to branch out.

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Utica Comets sold-out for Friday’s game: new attendance milestone — 100,000 fans


The sold-out auditorium at Friday’s Utica Comets game will push the team past a new attendance milestone — 100,000 fans.

The Comets announced Wednesday that all tickets had sold for Friday’s game against the Adirondack Phantoms. With a full house Friday, the auditorium expects to see total Comets attendance for the season reach 100,981 — an average of 3,366 fans per game.

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals, which will feature a post-game autograph session for all fans in attendance. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Comets pennant, courtesy of New York State Tool, the release stated.

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The Utica Comets will be working overtime through the final few weeks of their inaugural American Hockey League season, chasing a Calder Cup playoff spot all the way.

The Comets (27-27-3-4, 61 points) open a three-games-in-three-nights weekend when the Adirondack Phantoms visit the sold-out Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday. That will be followed by a quick trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, then a date with the Milwaukee Admirals at home Sunday. There is another three-game weekend next week – all at home – and another April 4, 5 and 6, with the last two games on the road.

Tough stuff?

Obviously, three games in three days is physically taxing, but you actually feel better the third night,” said Comets captain Colin Stuart, adding that players get into something of a groove along the way.

You just get into game mode,” said defenseman Kent Huskins. “You prepare yourself and you do what you can.”

The rapid-fire schedule will mean, though, that there won’t be a lot of time for celebrating wins or trying to forget losses.

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Mike Zalewski will not play for the Utica Comets this season.

The former New Hartford High School star signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks last week after two seasons at RPI, where he scored 21 goals and added 26 assists in 75 games. It was thought that he might join the Comets, Vancouver’s American Hockey League affiliate, but the Canucks said Wednesday he is ineligible to be assigned to the AHL because he was signed after the National Hockey League’s trade deadline. He is listed on the Canucks’ roster, but it is unknown whether he will dress for any games this season or if he will be assigned to the Comets next season.

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Utica Comets keep drive alive, down Abbortsford Heat 3-1


Colin Stuart scored two goals, Brandon DeFazio added another, and Joacim Eriksson made 38 saves as the Utica Comets downed the Abbotsford Heat 3-1 Saturday night in British Columbia.

It was the ninth win in 13 games for the Comets (27-27-3-4, 61 points), who had a four-game win streak broken by the Heat Friday. The Heat, missing many of their top players for a variety of reasons, have just one win in their last 10 games.

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The Comets will be off until next weekend, when they will be very busy – the Adirondack Phantoms visit the Utica Memorial Auditorium Friday, the Comets go to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday, and then play the Milwaukee Admirals Sunday at the Aud.