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WOW! Utica Comets Take Down Toronto Marlies 5-1

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Pascal Pelletier (pictured above) got the first of 5 goals.

To some eyes, the Utica Comets were flat as a pancake.

They trailed the Toronto Marlies 1-0 after the first period, had been outshot 9-3 and had definitely gotten the worst of the territorial battle.

“We weren’t really flat, but we needed a little energy,” Pascal Pelletier said.

They got it early in the second period, when Darrren Archibald traded some big, heavyweight punches with Toronto’s Brad Staubitz, and Alex Mallet dropped the gloves with the Marlies’ Brad Ross just a couple of minutes apart.

“It got the boys going and it got the crowd going, and we got the train rolling,” said Pelletier, who played a large role in the whole thing.

The Comets suddenly ripped off five goals in 13 and half minutes, rumbling to a 5-1 victory over the Marlies before a nominal sell-out crowd of 3,815 – there were quite a few empty seats – Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, keeping their flickering American Hockey League playoff hopes alive.

It was the first game in a third straight three-in-three weekend for the Comets, who head up the road to Syracuse to play the Crunch today, then immediately leave for Toronto to play the Marlies again at 3 p.m. Sunday. Utica (31-29-4-4, 70 points) trails Charlotte, which holds the last Western Conference playoff berth, by five points, is four points back of Rochester and three behind Oklahoma City, and has a game in hand on all of those teams.

Pelletier scored on the power play and shorthanded to cap Utica’s explosive second period run, and Frankie Corrado, Brandon DeFazio and Alex Friesen scored the other goals. Kellan Lain had two assists for the Comets, Friesen, Henrik Tommernes, Alex Biega, Jeremy Welsh, Alexandre Grenier and Cal O’Reilly had the others, and Joacim Eriksson made 21 saves.

Friesen, the Comets’ small – he is listed at 5-foot-10, 186 pounds, which most would say is generous – and highly energetic forward, had another good night playing with Lain and Welsh. He thought the Comets did a much better job of managing the puck and keeping the Marlies in their end in the second period – Utica had a 14-6 shot bulge – but agreed that Archibald and Mallet played big parts as well.

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Utica Comets Win Over Chicago Wolves

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Benn Ferriero and Frankie Corrado had been on the ice for a long while.

Both gave a thought to getting off.

Luckily for the Utica Comets, they didn’t.

Instead, Ferriero, with an eye to the bench, slid the puck ahead to Corrado at the blue line, and the young defenseman skated up through the right circle and fired a shot past Jake Allen with 5:46 to play, giving the Comets the deciding goal in a 2-1 American Hockey League victory over the Chicago Wolves Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

“I was just looking to go deep with it and I saw Frankie had some legs,” Ferriero said. “He made a good shot.”

Corrado said he was ready to go to the bench, too, but saw an opening and took a chance. But he wasn’t exactly thinking goal.

“I was more looking for a rebound,” he said.

But the puck went over Allen’s blocker and inside the far post, and a few nail-biting minutes later the Comets had their second consecutive victory and a good sendoff for their out-and-back trip to British Columbia to play the Abbotsford Heat Friday and Saturday.

The Comets reached the halfway point of the season at 13-20-2-3, for the moment no longer dead last in the last – 31 points to 29 for Hartford – and 13-12-1-2 since starting the season in an 0-8-1-1 hole.

Nicklas Jensen scored the other Comet goal, with Ferriero and Cal O’Reilly – back after being out for three games – assisting. Joacim Eriksson, just returned from Vancouver, made 22 saves – some fine ones, including a dead-on stop of Alexandre Bolduc with three seconds left – in a great duel with Allen, an AHL all-star who was sensational most of the night.

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