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Mullen’s Two Goals Help Utica Comet’s Cool Off the Abbotsford HEAT

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The Utica Comets have won three straight games at home, following Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Abbotsford Heat.

Kellan Lain and Alex Biega – his into an empty net with 58 seconds to play – scored the other Utica goals. Alex Friesen, Colin Stuart, Cal O’Reilly, Pascal Pelletier, Alex Mallet and Peter Andersson had assists, and Joacim Eriksson had another standout night in the net, stopping 26 shots. It was the third consecutive win at home for the Comets (9-15-1-1), the first such streak of the season. It also was their third straight win over the Heat (20-8-1-1), who will visit the Aud again Friday. The teams had split four one-goal games previously, both winning two on the other’s ice.

 

Stuart’s Hat Trick powers the Utica Comets past the Binghamton Senators

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Colin Stuart was pretty sure it was a first.

“I think that was my first AHL hat trick,” he said.

He was right. The Comet captain scored three times for the first time in 493 American Hockey League games to lead the Utica Comets to a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators before a hooting and howling crowd of 3,286 at Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The win broke a three-game losing streak on a night the Comets honored eight members of the Clinton Comets, the Eastern Hockey League power of the 1950s and 1960s.

And the game was the first of three in as many days for the Comets, who won for just the second time on home ice (2-8-1-1) and are 7-14-1-1 overall.

Now, the Comets get right back to work, visiting the Penguins, – now leading the East Division with 33 ponts – in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and then coming back home to play Lake Erie Sunday.

“Three in three is taxing,” Stuart said, who added an assist for a four-point night. “But it’s one step at a time. We can’t take any nights off.”

Obviously it was a big night for Stuart, who has had seven two-goals games in his AHL career, the last for Rochester against Binghamton in 2012, and now has eight goals and 11 points. It also was for goalie Joacim Eriksson, who had two stop a couple of breakaways and point-blank shots and made 42 saves, 18 in the first period.

“Yoke was pretty good,” Coach Travis Green said. “He kept us in it in the first period.”

Cal O’Reilly and Darren Archibald scored the other goals, both also added assists, and Pascal Pelletier and Benn Ferriero had two assists apiece for the Comets.

“The team as a whole played well,” Stuart said.

The Senators now are 14-8-0-3 and two points out of first in the East, but are 0-3-0-3 in their last six games. They got a first period goal from Derek Grant and took the lead briefly on Mark Borowiecki’s score early in the second, but the Comets recovered with the kind of all-out effort coach Green says is essential for them to succeed.

But Stuart, the team captain, was the headliner. His first goal came on the power play at 7:48 of the first period, when he knocked in a rebound of a Pelletier shot that Archibald also got a piece of. His second gave the Comets a 4-2 pad early in the third period and came on a dart from the left circle after he took a sharp lead pass from David Marshall. The third put the game away at 17:54, with O’Reilly getting him the puck on the doorstep after Ferriero outhustled a pair of Senators to control it deep in the Binghamton zone.

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The Utica Comets paid tribute to their professional forbears before their 5-2 American Hockey League victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Friday.

Clinton Comets Archie Burton, Jack Kane, Dave Armstrong, Bordy Smith, Tim Hook, Tom Mitchell, Pete Prevost and the late Ian Anderson were honored prior to the game and celebrated warmly by the crowd.

Their jersey numbers and likenesses will hang permanently in the Aud in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the Clinton team, the Mohawk Valley’s original professional hockey team and five-time Eastern Hockey League champions.

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Utica Comets Defeated In Opening Game

ImageThe Utica Comets made their debut Friday night. It didn’t come off quite the way they’d have liked. Despite outshooting the Rochester Americans, 31-21, the Comets dropped a 4-1 American Hockey League decision Friday, and will go to Albany Saturday evening looking for their first-ever win.

Dan Catenacci scored the first goal of the game, Luke Adam scored twice, and Kevin Sundher also scored for the Amerks, and Matt Hackett played a strong game in goal. The Comets were down 2-0 in the first, 4-0 after two before finally getting the first goal in their history when Pascal Pelletier popped a shot home as he came across the crease with 6:32 to play in the game.

Hey! The Rochester team has been around since pussy was a kitty. Comets are the new kids on the block.
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Lots of Good News About the Utica Comets (even in August)!

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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.