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Comets To Play Crunch In France

The Vancouver Canucks and the Utica Comets have announced today that the Comets will join the Syracuse Crunch for training camp and preseason games in Lyon, France prior to the 2015-16. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

This mark the second straight season that the Crunch have held their training camp in France. Last season the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa) partnered with them.

Hockey possesses a long and rich history in the French city of Lyon. The Sporting Club of Lyon won the first hockey championship in the country’s history in 1907. Many other teams have called Lyon home since and before the LHC Les Lions. The Lyons were founded by team president Sébastien Berthet and made their debut on May 1, 2009 after being approved by the French Federation of Ice Hockey.

The LHC Les Lions have called at the Charlemagne Skating Rink home since 1967. The arena, with a capacity of 3,175 seats, is one of the largest in France. The team draws some of the largest crowds in the country each weekend, hosting an average of 3,000 fans per game.

The team has seen a quick ascension through the ranks in just the four years since being relegated from the Magnus League. In 2013-14, Lyon beat the Bordeaux Boxers to return to the top division in France, after having been beaten in the finals by the Brest Albatross in the previous season.

In 2014-15, the Lions stayed clear of relegation with a record of 8-15-3 and will once again compete in the Magnus League in 2015-16. Excluding their championship in 1907, the Lions’ best Magnus League finish has been third, which the team accomplished in 1998 and 1999.

OOOPS! Utica Comets Blew A Big Lead, At The Wrong Time


The Utica Comets blew a 5-2 lead in a span of 46 seconds over the last minute and a half of regulation, then Brett Connolly scored at 2:36 of overtime as the Syracuse Crunch pinned a devastating, 6-5 loss on them Saturday at the Onondaga War Memorial.

The collapse seriously injured but did not end the Comets’ desperate hopes to make the American Hockey League playoffs. They are four points out of playoff position with seven games to play, including at 3 p.m. Sunday in Toronto.

Alex Friesen scored two goals for the Comets, and Cal Reilly and Patrick Kennedy scored the others. Alex Biega had two assists, and Welsh, Friesen, O’Reilly and Kellan Lain an dYann Sauve also had assists. Joacim Eriksson made 25 saves for the Comets.

The Comets, who played without defenseman Frankie Corrado after he was recalled to Vancouver late Friday, also have road games at Lake Erie Thursday and Friday and at Adirondack Sunday before finishing the regular season at home against Rochester April 16, Toronto April 18, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton April 19.

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Upcoming 3-Game Weekend Critical for Utica Comets


It’s another full weekend for the Utica Comets, this time with three games in a space of 44 hours.

And there is much hanging in the balance.

The Comets are still trying to somehow scratch and claw their way into the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs. They 30-29-4-4 for 68 points and are seven points out of the eighth and final berth in the Western Conference with nine games to play.

They seem eager to get after it.

The Comets play the Toronto Marlies tonight ( 7 p.m. FRIDAY) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium , head up the road to play the Syracuse Crunch at 7 p.m. Saturday, then head immediately to Toronto to play the Marlies again at 3 p.m. Sunday.

It’s obviously a grind, but it’s why you play the game,” said forward Brandon DeFazio, the only Comet to play all 66 games this season. “It’s an opportunity to play three big games in a weekend. … It’s exciting. It really is.”

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Brandon DeFazio has been named the Utica Comets’ IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year Award winner.

DeFazio is being honored for his contributions to the Utica community during the 2013-14 American Hockey League season. It is the third consecutive time he has been named his team’s Man of the Year, after previous honors with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2011-12 and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2012-13.

DeFazio has been involved in a number of activities, including Utica’s Quality of Life Sweep with several teammates and preparing and serving meals at the Rescue Mission of Utica. The team later raised $32,000 for the Rescue Mission at its March 7 game. He also has volunteered at local schools, libraries and hospitals and has assisted at practices of the Utica Jr. Comets.

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DeFazio Wins It In Overtime for Utica Comets Hockey


Brandon DeFazio scored at 4:02 of overtime to give the Utica Comets a 2-1 American Hockey League victory over the Syracuse Crunch in front of a capacity crowd of 6,380 Friday at the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse.

Coach Green Happy With Utica Comets After Another Win


Travis Green is happy with his hockey team.

Why wouldn’t he be?

His Utica Comets won for the fifth time in six games, and collected their 11th point over that stretch, with a 3-1 American Hockey League victory over the Syracuse Crunch before a sold out, Pink-the-Rink crowd of 3,815 Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

“I like how we’ve been skating,” said the first-year coach, who hopes things continue along the same lines when the Rockford IceHogs visit the Aud at 7 p.m. Saturday. “We’re working hard, playing smart hockey. When there’s a play to be made, we make it. “

Joacim Eriksson had another big game, turning aside 31 shots and not allowing a goal until just over a minute remained in winning for the fourth time in five games. Brandon DeFazio, Pascal Pelletier and Darren Archibald scored the goals for the Comets (16-20-2-4, 38 points, and 16-12-1-3 since their 0-8-1-1 start to the season). Alexandre Grenier had two assists and Pelletier, Cal O’Reilly and Archibald had one apiece.

Andrej Sustr scored the only goal for Syracuse (17-20-2-4, 40 points) with 1:05 left in the game as the Crunch skated 6-on-5. Cedrick Desjardins made 26 saves for Syracuse, which has dropped six straight.

The Comets have allowed just nine goals in the last six games, five wins and a shootout loss, in a streak that began after an 8-3 beating at the hands of the Albany Devils Jan. 17. Utica began the streak with a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs with Joe Cannata in net, and Eriksson has had the duty the last five, since returning from his stay with the parent Vancouver Canucks.

“Yokie has been playing great,” said Alex Biega, the former Harvard hockey captain who has been a solid presence on defense all season. “And the defensive corps, not just the defensemen but everyone, has been very solid. We’re boxing guys out, taking away seams, taking away the Grade A chances.”

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