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Utica Comets News For June/July 2014


Cal O’Reilly might return to the Utica Comets for the 2014-15 American Hockey League season, but fellow center Pascal Pelletier, the team’s leading scorer, will not.

The Vancouver Canucks, the Comets’ parent club, announced Wednesday they had signed O’Reilly, center Dustin Jeffrey, who helped the Texas Stars wins the Calder Cup this season, and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti.

Pelletier, an AHL veteran who scored 22 goals and had 40 assists in 69 games, has signed to play with Medvascek Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League. He was an assistant captain and a mainstay on the Comets’ power play and penalty kill.

O’Reilly, 27, who has played for three different National Hockey League teams, joined the Comets in mid-November after playing in the KHL. He scored seven goals and added 38 assists in 52 games, and was a key member of the power play and penalty kill.

Jeffrey, 26, who has spent time in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, scored four goals and six assists in 21 games with the Stars, playing for new Canucks coach Willie Desjardins, then added seven goals and five assists in 19 playoff games.

Sanguinetti, 26, played 15 games in the KHL last season, scoring two goals and adding five assists. He has played 45 games in the NHL with the New York Rangers, who drafted him 21st overall in 2006, and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canucks did not announce it, but it is believed defenseman Alex Biega, who scored three goals and had 19 assists in 73 games for the Comets last season, also has signed with the NHL club.

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Now for some late-breaking news

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed goaltender Joe Cannata, who spent last season with the Utica Comets.

The Canucks also re-signed forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Yannick Weber on Friday.

Cannata, a 24-year-old native of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was 11-12-1 in 28 games with the Comets. He had a 2.83 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in his third American Hockey League season.

Kassian had 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games for the Canucks last season.

“Zack is a skilled, young player and an important member of this team,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. “He has the ability to impact a game both with his talent and size. We look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a Canuck.”

Weber, who split last season between Vancouver and the Utica Comets of the AHL, had 10 points in 49 games for Vancouver.

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The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed defenseman Peter Andersson, who spent last season with the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League.

The 6-foot-3, 194-pound Andersson, 23, scored two goals and had 11 assists in 58 games for the Comets in his second season in the AHL. He had a goal and seven assists in 42 games during the 2012-13 season with the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks’ previous AHL affiliate.

The Canucks previously signed goalie Joe Cannata, defenseman Alex Biega, and center Cal O’Reilly, all of whom played for the Comets last season, along with center Dustin Jeffrey and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti.

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Travis Green could have been working in the National Hockey League next season. Instead, he expects to return to as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets.

Green was offered a job as an assistant to Mike Johnston, the new coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but turned it down. Green was Johnston’s assistant for five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He took over the team for the second half of the 2012-13 season, when Johnston was suspended.

Mike Johnston is a phenomenal career coach,” Green said, adding that he had learned a great deal from him. “I have goals and aspirations, and they are to be a head coach in the NHL. I felt it was important for me to continue down the path I laid, and I feel I need to be a head coach a longer period of time.”

The former long-time NHL player coached the Comets to a 35-32-5-4 record in their inaugural season in 2013-14. The team just missed the Calder Cup playoffs after a disastrous 0-8-2 start.

Green said being a head coach in the AHL is the best way for him to get to the NHL, at least at the moment.

It’s not any different than a player,” he said. “You move up and move up and when you’re ready, you’re ready. … I feel the AHL is a great breeding ground for coaches and players. I want to build a program and be part of a program that is going to produce NHL players and produce a championship. I’m looking forward to building on what we started last year.”

Green said he likes what he sees in a revamped Canucks organization led by the new team of President Trevor Linden, General Manager Jim Benning and new head coach Willie Desjardins, who led the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup this past season.

I’ve been impressed with the commitment they have to developing players and developing winning players,” he said.

Green said he will miss Pascal Pelletier, the Comets’ leading scorer who recently signed to play in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

It was kind of expected,” he said. “I understood his decision. Your veterans are so important. But we’re going to have some good veterans again, and your younger veterans have to take the next step and be better than they were a year ago.”

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Utica Comets to miss Playoffs


Pascal Pelletier has missed the playoffs only twice in his 10 professional hockey seasons.This is one of them.“It’s not a good feeling,” the Utica Comets veteran said after he and his teammates eliminated from Calder Cup contention in a 4-1 American Hockey League loss to the Rochester Americans Wednesday before 3,316 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Colton Gillies scored twice in the second period for the Amerks, who nailed down a playoff berth of their own with the win. Kevin Porter and Phil Varone scored the other goals and Andrey Makarov made 31 saves.

David Marshall scored the only Comets goal, with assists from Ray Kaunisto and Yann Sauve, and Joacim Eriksson made 18 stops.

The loss ended a desperate stretch of must-win games for the Comets, who have had a winning record – 33-24-4-3 – since going 0-8-1-1 in the first five weeks of the season.

“It’s been pretty hard,” said Pelletier, the team’s leading scorer (20-40 – 60). “But when you’re in it, you don’t really think about it. We’ve been trying to battle back from that horrible start.”

The Comets went last night’s game needing to defeat the Amerks and then win at home against Toronto Friday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday, with the hope that everyone else in contention would fall apart. Oklahoma City could have come close to securing a spot Wednesday, but lost 2-1 to Texas. They and Charlotte and Rockford all have two weekend games apiece to settle the eighth and final playoff spot.

That leaves the Comets with two so-called “meaningless games” to play.

“Everybody needs to be a pro about it,” Pelletier said. “People pay money, so play like you mean it.”

Which is what Comets Coach Travis Green expects.

“Part of being a pro is playing the right way,” he said. “This group has come a long way since the start of the season. I don’t expect that to change.  It’s tough to play games when you know you’re out of it, but this will show me who they are. It’s part of character. Playing in tough games is not easy, but it will tell you what kind of players you have.”

Green did not have a problem with his team’s effort Wednesday, and thought the first period was excellent. Several turnovers led to goals in the second, though, and that turned the game.

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Adirondack Phantoms tough on Utica Comets; Playoff Spot looks TOUGH



Utica Comets are not happy campers, even if Pascal Pelletier did a great job

The Adirondack Phantoms have been pure poison for the Utica Comets.

They were again Sunday, downing the Comets for the fourth time in as many games this season and punching a huge hole in their American Hockey League Calder Cup playoff hopes, edging them 2-1 in Glens Falls.

The loss left the Comets stuck at 75 points (33-31-5-4) with three games to play and trailing Rochester (81 points), Oklahoma City (79), Charlotte (77) and Rockford (77). They have a game in hand on both Charlotte and Rockford while being even with the other two. The Comets cannot pass the Amerks, and need to win all of their games to have a chance to qualify for the post season while Oklahoma City is limited to one point in its final three games and Charlotte and Rockford each are limited to no more than three. The Checkers and Bulldogs play each other in the final game of the season. The Comets do not own a tie-breaker against any of the teams.

Brandon Alderson scored both goals Sunday for the Phantoms (28-37-1-6), who edged the Comets 3-1, 3-2, and 4-3 in their three previous meetings. The Comets had taken a 1-0 lead on Pascal Pelletier’s 20th goal and 60th point of the season on the power play at 11:22 of the first period. Brandon DeFazio and Cal O’Reilly assisted.

That was the last time the Comets put anything past Carsen Chubak, a former Niagara University star Hobey Baker Award finalist who was playing just his ninth AHL game. Alderson got the Phantoms even t 10:47 of the second, and collected the winner at 9:36 of the third. Joacim Eriksson made 31 saves for the Comets.

It was the next to last game ever at the Glens Falls Civic Center for the Phantoms, who are affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers and will move to Allentown, Pa. next season.

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Utica Comets are still Hanging In There: Comeback Shootout Victory


Some how, some way, the Utica Comets are still alive.

Down 2-0 with eight minutes to play, the Comets came back on goals by Jeremy Welsh and Cal O’Reilly (pictured above), played through a scoreless overtime, went into a shootout without their top scorer and got four saves from Joe Cannata and goals from Alex Friesen and Brandon DeFazio to down the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2 Friday.

A crowd of 12,386 watched the game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It was the 44th one-goal game for the Comets and 20th that has gone to overtime or beyond.

The Comets, who also defeated the Monsters 3-2 Thursday on Pascal Pelletier’s overtime goal – the teams have met eight times this season and have played seven consecutive 3-2 games, with the Comets winning five of them – stayed alive in the race for the eighth and final American Hockey League Western Conference playoff spot. The Comets are 33-30-5-4 for 75 points and can climb within two points of a berth depending on the outcome of the Oklahoma City at Abbotsford game late Friday.

The Comets, Rochester, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Rockford all remained in the running for the final berth as of late Friday.

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WOW! Utica Comets Take Down Toronto Marlies 5-1


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 Working Hard at Playoff Spot: 4-3 Over Milwaukee Admirals


Pascal Pelletier (top picture) called it “Standard Comets Hockey”. Coach Travis Green (bottom picture)  called it:”Hockey where you grind it out, gut it out, get greasy”.

You do what needs to be done to win a game.

The Utica Comets did just that again Sunday, for the seventh time in the last nine games, completing a three-game weekend after a 4-3 shootout American Hockey League victory over the Milwaukee Admirals before a sellout crowd – their 12th of the season – at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets picked up four points in the three days to climb within five points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and pushed past the .500 mark for the first time this season (29-28-3-4) in what has been a remarkable turnaround after an0-8-1-1 start.

Alexandre Grenier, Pelletier and Brandon DeFazio scored in regulation, Pelletier, DeFazio and David Marshall scored in the shootout, and Joacim Eriksson denied three of five Milwaukee attempts in the shootout to earn the victory, the Comets’ sixth by a single goal in their last seven wins.   🙂

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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 Escape With Shootout Win Over Oklahoma City


It wasn’t as complete a victory as they might have liked.

The Utica Comets blew a 3-1 third period lead, but came back on shootout goals by Pascal Pelletier and Nicklas Jensen and edged the Oklahoma City Barons 4-3 in their American Hockey League game Wednesday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets picked up two valuable points, but the disappointing part is that the Barons, one of the teams they have to pass to get into the Calder Cup playoffs, picked up one.

Pelletier, Comets penalty kill gives Utica hard-fought AHL win


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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Utica COMETS finally whip the Amerks!


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.