The long wait is over.
Veteran Colin Stuart slapped home a goal from the slot at 17:42 of the third period, giving the Utica Comets a 3-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Friday in Cleveland, ending a 10-game winless drought at the start of their first American Hockey League season.
The Comets had lost eight games in regulation, one more in overtime and another in a shootout before finally hitting the win column and earn Travis Green his first victory as a professional coach. They will try to make it two in a row when they play at 3 p.m. Sunday against the Bulldogs in Hamilton, Ontario.
Alex Mallet and Patrick Mullen scored the other goals for the Comets (1-8-1-1), who led 2-1 after the first period. Zach Hamill, Nicklas Jensen, Kellan Lain, Brandon DeFazio, Alexandre Grenier and David Booth all had assists for the Comets, and Joacim Eriksson made 22 saves in posting his first American pro win
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An alien, an astronaut and a dog will compete to become the Utica Comets mascot.
So far, the space the me seems to be winning over local fans. Guess because a “comet” is something in space?
Fans can vote by filling out a form on the Utica Comets’ Facebook and Twitter pages. Voting ends at 5 p.m. Friday August 9
Have you checked out the new Utica Comets WebSite? www.uticacomets.com
Keep watching for the schedule in August.
Laurence Gilman, the VP of hockey operations for the Canucks is closely following the birth of the Comets as a new AHL franchise. He regards the Comets as very important to the whole Canucks organization.
(1) Younger players gain experience and hopefully move up to NHL and the Canucks
(2) The Comets are the reserve for Canucks in case of injury or illness.