The American Hockey League announced Monday that Utica Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson was chosen CCM/AHL Player of the Week after going 3-0-0 with a shutout, a 1.31 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in three starts last week.
After a two-week stint in the National Hockey League with the parent Vancouver Canucks, Eriksson returned to help the Comets extend their winning streak to a team-best four games. He made 22 saves in a 2-1 win over Chicago, stopped all 36 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win in Abbotsford, and made 23 more saves in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over Abbotsford.
Eriksson has won seven of his last eight decisions (7-1-0, 1.72, .940) and is 11-11-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 24 appearances this season. A 23-year-old native of Gavle, Sweden, Eriksson is in his first season of play in North America after winning a Swedish league championship.
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Benn Ferriero scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the second straight night as the hot Utica Comets edged the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 Friday.
The goal, Ferriero’s 15th of the season, extended his point streak to eight games, and gave the Comets their fourth consecutive victory and sixth straight over the Heat, including three in overtime.
After winning both games of their out and back trip to British Columbia, the Comets are 15-20-2-3 for 35 points. They are 15-12-1-2 since starting the season 0-8-1-1.
Alexandre Grenier added two goals for Utica – his 14th and 15th, the second of which tied the game 3-3 at 11:13 of the third period – and Brandon DeFazio had the other. Pascal Pelletier had two assists, and Jordan Schroeder and Yann Sauve had the others, with Sauve passing ahead to Ferriero for the winning goal. Joacim Eriksson, playing his third straight game, made 23 saves.
Markus Granlund, Max Reinhart and Brett Olson scored the other goals for the Heat (26-15-2-1), and Joey MacDonald made 35 saves.
Schroeder, a former first round draft choice who broke his ankle playing for the Vancouver Canucks early in the season, played the two games in Abbotsford with the Comets and had five shots Friday and an assist Saturday. It’s unknown whether he’ll be with the team when the Lake Erie Monsters visit the Aud Tuesday.
The Comets trail the fourth-place Monsters by just two points in the North Division.
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Benn Ferriero’s overtime goal gave the Utica Comets a 1-0 American Hockey League victory over the Abbotsford Heat Friday.
Joacim Eriksson made 33 saves in posting his second shutout of the season as the Comets won for the third straight time. The Comets have allowed just three goals in those three victory.
The Comets and the Heat play again Saturday in Abbotsford, and Utica (14-20-2-3) returns home to play the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday.
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Pascal Pelletier scored the game-winning goal for the Utica Comets with 3 minutes, 43 seconds left in the third period in a 3-2 win American Hockey League win over the Rochester Americans on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
Comets goalie Joacim Eriksson had 24 saves. Rochester started out leading in the first period, but Alexandre Grenier and Patrick Mullen tied the game up by the end of the second period.
Edited the next morning (November 24).
Success!!! Comets win their first home game, and with a 2-0 shut out, no less!!! Yannick Weber and Darren Archibald did the scoring. Maybe the Mayor should hold a ticker-tape parade for the Comets, or at least present them with the keys to the city!
In other hockey news, Clinton Comets hero and “enforcer” Ian Anderson died at age 75. Anderson, a native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and a longtime resident of the Town of Kirkland, played 285 games over five seasons with the Comets. He had 33 goals and 212 assists in those five seasons, including 12 goals and 59 assists in 1967-68, when the Comets (57-5-10) lost only five times, believed to be the lowest number of losses in the history of modern professional hockey.