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Utica Comets Open On October 22!

The Utica Comets will host their home-opener Wednesday, Oct. 22, and the game will be the start of a weekend of hockey at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, also play at home on Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25.

“We’ll make it a big deal, for sure,” Comets Director of Communications Mark Caswell Jr. said. “Definitely keep an eye out. It’s a big night for us and the community.”

The Comets first game of the season will be announced when the AHL releases its schedule next month. The AHL opens its season Oct. 10.

Tickets for the opening weekend and regular-season games go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Season Tickets range from $425 to $796.


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Utica Comets Players in World Championships




Utica Comets goalie Joacim Eriksson of Sweden, winger Nicklas Jensen of Denmark and defenseman Yannick Weber of Switzerland are playing in the International Ice Hockey Federation champions that began Friday in Minsk, Belarus.

Eriksson played in 52 games for the Comets, an American Hockey League high, and had a 24-20-2 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and 0.911 save percentage. He had five shutouts.

Jensen had 15 goals and six assists in 54 games with Utica, and added three goals and three assists in 17 games with the Vancouver Canucks. Weber played just seven early-season games for the Comets before being recalled to Vancouver. He had two goals and five assists in seven games in Utica.


Tonic for Utica Comets Fans with Hockey Withdrawl


Above is our really great picture of Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field

Been a great hockey season. A brand new team, new coach, recently renovated Aud, full house at games. Better than 50% record.
But the season is over. What to do all summer?
Great idea from Don Liable:  It’s baseball season, and the Utica Brewers http://www.uticabrewers.com are closing in on Murnane Field, real soon, for another great season of Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League play.


Those Great Pictures On Our Blog Header


PICTURE ABOVE: At left is KC Jones, who authors the Global Highway. In the middle is Penney Vanderbilt, World’s Greatest Blogger. At the right is the Promenade des Anglais in Nice France.


PICTURE ABOVE:At left is a great picture of the goalie for the Utica Comets, a new American Hockey League team we follow. In the middle, is a drawing of David and Goliath out of the Bible. We use this drawing to publicize Loren Data, a small EDI and Electronic Commerce company that fights the giants of the industry. At the right is Brewster, New York, besides being the birthplace of Penney Vanderbilt, it was an important station on the New York Central Railroad.


PICTURE ABOVE:At left is the “Albany Night Boat”. We also talk a lot about the Livingston Avenue Bridge in the background. In the Center is a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Nice, France. At the right is a picture of the New York Central Harmon Shops.


PICTURE ABOVE:At left is the Rutland Milk Train passing through the Troy Union Railroad‘s station in Troy, New York. Read the story to find out why it is “fabled”. In the center, is the Tramway, in Nice, France. At the right, is the railroad station in Ogdensburg, New York. Read more about the New York Central in the St. Lawrence region.


PICTURE ABOVE:At the left is a Delaware & Hudson ore train leaving Tahawus, NY many years ago. At the center is golfer Graeme McDowell. See more about golf, including the US Open. At the right is an electric locomotive used by the New York Central. See why it is now in Glenmont.


PICTURE ABOVE:This old trolley car at left is now at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Before going to Montréal, it worked in Springfield, Mass. Number 2056 is a steel lightweight built by Wason in 1927 and acquired in 1959. In the center is a “leverman” working the switches in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. At the right is La Canne A Sucre, our favorite restaurant. Said by many to be the “Friendliest Restaurant in Nice France.

Utica Comets First Season Ends – Who Knew Success Was Coming (So Fast)?


Below is a great blog from Don Liable  that appeared in the Utica Observer Dispatch  on April 20th 2014
I’m sure that I’m not alone in thinking, where did the Utica Comets’ inaugural season go?
My gosh, I could remember last June vividly, as the press conference was presented at Aquavino’s making the announcement official.  Who knew that The AUD would/could be transformed from a building hopelessly stuck in the 1970’s to a modern day, AHL ready facility in about 90 days?  As excited as any hockey fan in the area, honestly, my expectations weren’t all that high on what would be coming.  How could it?  A professional hockey team, just a step away from the National Hockey League coming to 400 Oriskany Street,West?  Okay, what’s the catch?

Who knew that the day after the official announcement of the Vancouver Canucks putting their AHL franchise in Utica, a line of would-be season ticket holders would show up in the early hours to select their seats?  This was the precursor to what snowballed, no, make that avalanched , with the incredible acceptance of the club.  Then, the day single game tickets were put on sale, a Saturday morning, hundreds were camped out wanting seats for the specific opponents (Syracuse and Albany were at the top of many’s list) of choice.  Yet another sign that pro hockey was going to be a community-wide success.

Who knew that those deeply devoted to other programs in the area would finally come around and see for themselves that there most certainly is room for another hockey option?  To those who doubted that locals would pay professional prices, something that they hadn’t been used to for more than two decades, for a professional product became believers. If the Comets leadership would have gone on the record and predicted more than 100,000 supporters would come through The AUD turnstiles for 38 home games in year one – they would have been laughed at.  To those who may still want to find a way to be wondering if they (Comets) are going to stay (and there are such doubters) – the record shows 130,518 area hockey fans came to support their team.

Who knew there would ever be video boards inside The AUD, modernized concession areas, and a merchandise store that had as much difficulty keeping items stocked as a big box store prior to some type of weather alert?  Who knew that a staff of barely out of college students, with a few exceptions, would learn, grow, and exceed their own expectations?  The organizing of who is doing what, and how do we get there,(and I hope they are all reflecting on their growth) is flat-out amazing.  These kids probably don’t realize it (yet) but they are veterans already.  Who knew that already, the unofficial slogan for season two of the Comets is – “Is It October Yet” – ?

Who knew that as the horn went off for the last time for the season on Saturday, Utica’s record since January 17 is 24-12-3-2?  Absolutely amazing, and what a testament to the coaching done by Travis Green and his assistants Nolan Baumgartner and Paul Jerrard.

Who knew that THE Utica rivalry with the Syracuse Crunch would bloom as rapid, and as fierce, as it has?  The Comets fans, following to road games in Syracuse, Albany, and Adirondack, particularly, were as loud, and mostly louder than the home team fan base – who out numbered them by the thousands.  One thing I, and everyone, yes, everyone, could predict – Observer-Dispatch reporter John Pitarresi would be the damn best of the best in Utica media to chronicalize the club’s performances.  From a personal note, I learned so much on what to say, how to say it, and to who to say it to, in being around John at post-game press conferences.  What a pro.

Who knew Comets radio broadcasts would be a must when the boys were on the road?  Well, as in the case of John covering the team, Brendan Burke exceeded all predictions of his NHL readiness.  Who knew that Adam Banko would create a team ticket operations department so professional, and sensative to area fans, that his “getting to yes” approach to many distressed fans would find a way into The AUD, and have a seat waiting? Mark Caswell, bar none, champion of people skills and communicating with every and all who had to be kept in the loop on everything Comets, has grown into a full-fledged sports executive.

The team, the organization, and The AUD are in good hands, this day after season one is in the AHL books.  Who knew – I’ll tell you, as if you need a reminder – Robert Esche and Frank DuRoss.  They knew it all the time.  They were the sales staff before there ever was anything to sell – and did it.    They did it.

Travis Green and his Utica Comets


Travis Green was not happy with the energy level of his Utica Comets the last time out, a 3-0 loss to the San Antonio Rampage last Wednesday.

He had no problem with the effort last Friday, even if the result was a 3-2 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms before a sellout crowd of 3,815 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

We played a good hockey game,” he said. “We had a couple of little details that allowed goals.”

The last one was scored by Tye McGinn with three minutes left in the game and sent the Comets (22-26-3-4, 51 points) to their third consecutive American Hockey League defeat. Utica has 21 games left, starting with one at Bridgeport Sunday, in its drive somehow get into the Calder Cup playoffs.

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Corrado’s Goal Gives Utica Comets The Edge


  • Defenseman Frankie Corrado scored early in the third period to grab the lead and the Utica Comets held it the rest of the way to defeat the Binghamton Senators 3-2 Saturday in Binghamton.
  • It was the fourth straight victory and fourth by a single goal for the Comets, 11-3-1-1 in their last 16 games and 22-23-3-4 overall for 51 points. The win left them either six or eight points out the last playoff spot in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference pending the outcome of Saturday’s Milwaukee-Rockford game.

    The Comets have scored a modest 40 goals over the last 16 games but have allowed just 34.

    The win over the high-scoring Senators (33-16-1-3), who had won four in a row, was the second in as many nights on the Comets’ weekend tour of Upstate New York. They won 2-1 in overtime in Syracuse on Friday. They complete the series at 3 p.m. Sunday in Albany,

    Read more: http://www.uticaod.com/article/20140222/Sports/140229745#ixzz2u8Px9rnC

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.

Utica Comets Goalie Eriksson Named AHL Player of the Week


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.

Read More: http://www.uticaod.com/article/20140127/SPORTS/140129393/1020/SPORTS

Ferriero Does It Again, Utica Comets Nail Abbotford Heat


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.

Read more: http://www.uticaod.com/article/20140126/SPORTS/140129481#ixzz2rWuZOVQ3