The Utica Comets are proud to announce that the club will celebrate this year’s Clinton Comets Appreciation Night on Friday, Dec. 13 prior to the Comets game against the Syracuse Crunch.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a special pregame celebration that will begin at 6:45 p.m. Former Comets players Bill Bannerman, Howie Dietrich and Pat Kelly will be honored during the ceremony. All three players will have their jersey numbers displayed at The AUD alongside the eight players that were honored last season.
The player that were honored last year were: Dave Armstrong, Archie Burton, Tim Hook, Jack Kane, Tom Mitchell, Borden Smith, Pete Prevost, and the late Ian Anderson.
Kelly was player, head coach and general manager of the Clinton Comets during his tenure with the club. An Eastern Hockey League all-star nine times as a defenseman and three times as head coach, Kelly led the Comets to three straight Walker Cups (EHL championships). He went on to coach in the AHL, WHA and NHL as well as serving as the first commissioner of the ECHL.
Bannerman played his entire professional career with the Comets, starting in 1965. He was the right wing on the most prolific scoring line in EHL history with center Kane and left wing Smith. He ranks second all-time in assists (395), third in goals (279) and points (674). He was an EHL Northern Division All-Star in 1968-69 and 1969-70.
Dietrich joined the Comets in 1962 and is one of only four Comets players to reach the 60-goal plateau as part of his 118-point season in 1967-68. He spent six seasons with the Comets and was part of two Walker Cup championship teams.
Professional Baseball was once in Utica at McConnell Field. Could it return to Harbor Point?
Picture From the Howard Bushinger collection
McConnell Field in North Utica, circa 1945, the current site of the Red Roof Inn. As officials look for ways to draw more attention to the city’s harbor, one possibility includes moving Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field to the city’s waterfront off of North Genesee Street.
In the late 1930s, McConnell Field was home to the Utica Braves of the Canadian-American League, and, several years later, the Utica Blue Sox of the Class A Eastern League. The Blue Sox became an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Blue Sox won the Eastern League regular season title in 1945 and the Governor’s Cup as playoff champions in 1947. Several Utica players – including Ashburn, Granny Hamner, Stan Lopata, Jackie Mayo and Putsy Caballero — then joined the National League Phillies and became part of the 1950 “Whiz Kids.”
That team eventually lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series.
So this is Utica Union Station’s 100th anniversary year, as I read on the Phyllis Zimmerman blog. Happy anniversary, Union Station! In her case, what she is really celebrating are her own memories of the landmark and character and perseverance of Utica and its people. Union Station is especially a testament of the later, considering how it barely escaped demolition in the mid-1970s. Things have only gotten better since then.
Union Station has withstood the test of time, through deterioration that threatened its demolition, the decline of rail use and its multiple renovations. It typically sees about 195,000 people pass through annually. And this year, the multi-use station celebrates its 100th anniversary.
We just added some new and interesting things about Albany. Start with a story about how bobsledding originated in Albany. Makes it the only Olympic sport started by the USA. The pictures above are from Albany too:
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.
The Comets are 19-23-3-4 for 45 points, and are 19-15-2-3 since opening the season with a 10-game winless streak that is making every game over the last third of the season very, very important.
The win came on the heels of a 7-3 Friday loss to the Amerks in Rochester, which had won 10 of its previous 13 games. The Amerks had won six of eight games against Utica before last night and had outscored the Comets 18-6 in the last three meetings.
Benn Ferriero and Frankie Corrado had been on the ice for a long while.
Both gave a thought to getting off.
Luckily for the Utica Comets, they didn’t.
Instead, Ferriero, with an eye to the bench, slid the puck ahead to Corrado at the blue line, and the young defenseman skated up through the right circle and fired a shot past Jake Allen with 5:46 to play, giving the Comets the deciding goal in a 2-1 American Hockey League victory over the Chicago Wolves Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
“I was just looking to go deep with it and I saw Frankie had some legs,” Ferriero said. “He made a good shot.”
Corrado said he was ready to go to the bench, too, but saw an opening and took a chance. But he wasn’t exactly thinking goal.
“I was more looking for a rebound,” he said.
But the puck went over Allen’s blocker and inside the far post, and a few nail-biting minutes later the Comets had their second consecutive victory and a good sendoff for their out-and-back trip to British Columbia to play the Abbotsford Heat Friday and Saturday.
The Comets reached the halfway point of the season at 13-20-2-3, for the moment no longer dead last in the last – 31 points to 29 for Hartford – and 13-12-1-2 since starting the season in an 0-8-1-1 hole.
Nicklas Jensen scored the other Comet goal, with Ferriero and Cal O’Reilly – back after being out for three games – assisting. Joacim Eriksson, just returned from Vancouver, made 22 saves – some fine ones, including a dead-on stop of Alexandre Bolduc with three seconds left – in a great duel with Allen, an AHL all-star who was sensational most of the night.
Benn Ferriero scored twice, the second an empty-net goal in the final minute, and the Utica Comets snapped an 0-4-1-1 winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs Saturday.
Ferriero and Alexandre Grenier scored in the first period, Ferriero canned the empty-netter with 35 seconds left, and Joe Cannata made 32 saves as the Comets bounced back from an 8-3 beating at the hands of the Albany Devils Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Ferriero and Grenier now share the team lead in goals with 13 apiece.
Pascal Pelletier scored with assists from Colin Stuart and Yann Sauve 2:07 into overtime to give the Utica Comets a 4-3 American Hockey League victory over the Abbotsford Heat Saturday.
It was the Comets’ second one-goal win in as many nights over the Heat, who started the weekend with the AHL’s best record.
Kellan Lain scored his first two goals of the season to help build a 2-1 lead after two periods, and Stuart scored in the third to make it 3-2, but the Heat came back to tie it on Ben Street’s power play goal midway through the period.
That set up the game-winner the veteran Pelletier, the team’s top scorer with 19 points.
Joe Cannata, playing goal for the second straight night after going a couple of weeks without any work, made 33 saves to earn the victory after stopping 35 in Friday’s 3-2 win.
The Comets (6-11-1-1) play at Rochester Wednesday and return home Friday to play Bridgeport at The Aud.
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