Comets Fall To Crunch In Shootout

By on December 12, 2016

 

(photo Mark McGauley)

(photo Mark McGauley)

Syracuse, NY — Saturday, December 10th was another disappointing loss for the Utica Comets. The game started with a puck drop from special guest, UFC fighter, Chris Weidman. Things were tight from the 1st period, with each team scoring a single goal. Utica hit the back of the net first on Pascal Pelletier’s power play goal at the 7:45 mark in the 1st period. The Crunch answered shortly after, with a goal by Henri Ikonen. After Ikonen’s goal, fans at the On Center took part in their sixth-annual Stanley Steemer Tired Teddy Bear Toss. This delayed the game for almost 5 minutes while players and staff helped pick up hundreds of stuffed animals. All the stuffed animals will be donated to the Salvation Army for families in need.

(photo Mark McGauley)

(photo Mark McGauley)

The Utica Comets broke the 1-1 tie five minutes into the second period, with a goal by Jake Virtanen. The Crunch followed shortly after with their own goal by Ben Thomas. It seemed like neither team could get momentum at the end of the second period.

The Crunch finally took the 3-2 lead, twelve seconds into the 3rd  period with a goal by Matt Taormina. It looked like the Comets were going to go back to Utica with their 2nd straight loss until Cole Cassels tied the game late in the 3rd, tying the game and forcing an extra period.

(photo Mark McGauley)

(photo Mark McGauley)

With a scoreless overtime period, Utica and Syracuse went to a shootout.  Utica scored on their first shot on goal with Curtis Valk giving Utica fans at the On Center a sense of hope. But unfortunately, that’s all Utica could do in the shootout. Neither Jake Virtanen nor Alexandre Grenier could score on Crunch goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. The Crunch on the other hand, scored on 2 out of 3 chances on goal with Cory Conacher and Tanner Richard giving their team the win.

(photo Mark McGauley)

(photo Mark McGauley)

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AHL Game #346
Utica 3 at Syracuse 4
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena
Dec 10, 2016
Referee: Nick Gill (65)
Linesmen:  Francois Dussureault (60)
Fraser McIntyre (94)
Three Stars:
1. SYR – T. Richard
2. SYR – H. Ikonen
3. SYR – M. Bournival
Game Start:  7:06 PM EST
Game End:  9:49 PM
Game Length:  2:43
Attendance:  5879

SCORING 1 2 3 OT SO T
Utica 1 1 1 0 0 3
Syracuse 1 1 1 0 1 4
SHOTS 1 2 3 OT SO T
Utica 13 9 7 5 0 34
Syracuse 3 11 16 3 1 34
  PP PIM PTS
Utica 2 / 5 8 min / 4 inf 3 G + 6 A = 9 Pts
Syracuse 0 / 4 10 min / 5 inf 4 G + 6 A = 10 Pts

V-H # Per Team Time Goals Assists Type On Ice (+/-)
1 – 0 1 1st UTI 7:45 P. Pelletier (1) C. Kunyk, J. Subban PP V   4 7 20 22 28 H   11 20 22 85
1 – 1 2 1st SYR 13:20 H. Ikonen (1) M. Bournival, Y. Gourde V   6 20 22 28 48 H   4 37 57 78 85
2 – 1 3 2nd UTI 5:03 J. Virtanen (4) C. Billins, C. Robak PP V   18 25 38 41 48 H   20 73 78 85
2 – 2 4 2nd SYR 7:01 B. Thomas (1) T. Richard, B. Hart V   4 7 9 19 58 H   20 26 37 39 71
2 – 3 5 3rd SYR 0:12 M. Taormina (8) J. Dotchin, M. Peca SH V   4 7 20 22 28 H   4 11 20 22
3 – 3 6 3rd UTI 15:21 C. Cassels (3) C. Kunyk, A. Grenier V   7 19 20 28 48 H   4 11 22 65 73

SHOOTOUT
Utica shoots first for each round.
Utica Syracuse
# Shooter Score
38 Curtis Valk Yes
18 Jake Virtanen No
28 Alexandre Grenier No
Score # Shooter
No 22 Matthew Peca
Yes 89 Cory Conacher
Yes 71 Tanner Richard
Totals: 1 2

UTICA ROSTER
No Name G A +/- Sh PIM
G 31 J. Anderson 0 0 0 0 0
G 35 M. Garteig 0 0 0 0 0
D 4 E. McEneny 0 0 -2 3 0
D 5 D. Shields 0 0 0 1 0
D 6 A. Sautner 0 0 -1 0 2
D 7 J. Subban 0 1 -1 2 0
LW 9 Y. Laplante 0 0 -1 0 0
RW 18 J. Virtanen 1 0 0 2 0
RW 19 C. Cassels 1 0 0 2 2
C 20 C. Kunyk 0 2 -1 1 0
C 22 P. Pelletier 1 0 -2 2 0
LW 25 D. Archibald 0 0 0 5 0
RW 28 A. Grenier 0 1 -1 5 2
LW 34 C. Bancks 0 0 0 1 0
C 36 W. Hamilton 0 0 0 2 0
C 38 C. Valk 0 0 0 1 0
D 41 C. Billins 0 1 0 5 0
D 48 C. Robak 0 1 0 1 0
LW 58 M. Carcone 0 0 -1 0 2
RW 71 B. Rendulic 0 0 0 1 0
Team:
Totals: 3 6 -10 34 8
UTICA GOALIES
No Name Min SH SVS GA SOG-S
35 M. Garteig (OT) 65:00 33 30 3 2-3
Totals: 65:00 33 30 3
SYRACUSE ROSTER
No Name G A +/- Sh PIM
G 32 A. Wilcox 0 0 0 0 0
G 50 K. Gudlevskis 0 0 0 0 0
D 4 J. Dotchin 0 1 +1 0 0
RW 11 E. Condra 0 0 0 5 0
D 20 M. Taormina 1 0 +2 3 0
C 22 M. Peca 0 1 0 3 0
D 25 M. Brodeur 0 0 0 0 4
D 26 B. Thomas 1 0 +1 2 0
LW 28 M. Halmo 0 0 0 3 0
LW 34 P. Letourneau-Leblond 0 0 0 1 0
LW 37 Y. Gourde 0 1 +2 1 0
RW 39 B. Hart 0 1 +1 2 0
D 44 A. Comrie 0 0 0 1 2
LW 57 H. Ikonen 1 0 +1 3 0
D 65 S. Koekkoek 0 0 -1 1 0
C 71 T. Richard 0 1 +1 2 0
LW 73 A. Erne 0 0 -1 0 0
LW 78 M. Bournival 0 1 +1 5 2
D 85 D. Walcott 0 0 +1 0 0
RW 89 C. Conacher 0 0 0 1 2
Team: 1 1
Totals: 4 6 9 34 10
SYRACUSE GOALIES
No Name Min SH SVS GA SOG-S
50 K. Gudlevskis (W) 65:00 34 31 3 1-3
Totals: 65:00 34 31 3
PENALTIES
P T Player M Offense Time
1st H M. Bournival 2.00 Holding 7:23
1st V A. Grenier 2.00 Hooking 10:52
1st H C. Conacher 2.00 Hooking 14:03
1st H M. Brodeur 2.00 Interference 18:20
2nd H A. Comrie 2.00 Hooking 3:23
2nd V M. Carcone 2.00 High-sticking 9:10
2nd V A. Sautner 2.00 Roughing 14:38
2nd H M. Brodeur 2.00 Interference 18:30
3rd V C. Cassels 2.00 Interference 11:20
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