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Comets rewind - Dec 2, 2013

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Sweeping the Heat.

The Utica Comets (6-11-1-1) weren't exactly the favorites heading into their two-game series against the Abbotsford Heat this past weekend, but stellar goaltending from Joe Cannata and some timely goals helped propel them to two straight victories as they have now won six of their last nine contests.

Weekly Results

Tuesday, November 26th: Lake Erie Monsters 3 – Utica Comets 2

- The Comets saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday as they came up short against the Monsters and were outshot 26-18 in the game.
- Henrik Tommernes bagged his third goal of the season, while Brendan DeFazio added his second marker on the campaign to round out the scoring for the Comets.
- Joacim Erksson made 23 saves between the pipes for the Comets.
- Darren Archibald shed the mitts with Monsters defenseman Daniel Maggio with six minutes to go in the first period. That is Archibald's third fighting major on the season.
- Archibald and Tommernes led the way for the Comets with three shots a piece, while DeFazio and Cal O'Reilly both finished a team-high plus-1.

Friday, November 29th: Utica Comets 3 – Abbotsford Heat 2

- Benn Ferriero scored the game-winner 3:15 into the third period, while Pascal Pelletier and Cal O'Reilly also tallied to improve the Comets record to 2-0-0 when north of the border.
- Joe Cannata was sensational, making 35 saves on the night including 16 in the first period alone en route to being named the game's First Star.
- It was a feisty affair that featured two scraps on the night: Alexandre Mallet dropped the mitts with Heat forward Turner Elson and Kent Huskins came to the aid of Frank Corrado and took on the much younger Michael Ferland.
- Ferriero and Alexandre Grenier led the charge for the Comets with four shots a piece, while Huskins and Corrado both finished a game-high plus-2.
- Corrado, Pelletier, Yannick Weber, Zach Hamill and Brandon DeFazio all had assists in the game.

Saturday, November 30th: Utica Comets 4 – Abbotsford Heat 3 (OT)

- Pascal Pelletier scored the game-winner 2:07 into overtime to lift the Comets to their second straight win and a two-game series sweep over the Heat.
- Kellan Lain notched the first two goals of his professional career and Colin Stuart added his fifth of the season to pace the offence for the Heat.
- Yannick Weber picked up an assist and now has points in all four games he has played with the Comets.
- Yann Sauve and Alex Biega finished a game-high plus-3, while Pelletier finished with a team-high four shots on goal.
- Joe Cannata turned aside 33 shots, including a combined 26 in the first and third period, for his second win in as many nights.
- Biega, Sauve, Weber, Stuart, Pelletier, Henrik Tommernes and David Marshall all picked up helpers in the game.
- The 4984 in attendance was the largest crowd of the season for the Heat, over 1000 more than the 3413 they had on opening night.
- The win marked the first overtime win in Comets franchise history.

Comet of the Week

The Comets had a couple players that had strong weeks, but arguably nobody was better than Jumpin' Joe Cannata, who was a rock between the barber poles in their two-game sweep over the Heat. Cannata turned aside 68 of the 73 shots he faced this past week, including 29 combined in the first period of the games. We haven't seen much of the Wakefield, Massachusetts product this season as he has only started five games all season and appeared in one other. For not seeing game action in 14 days, there didn't appear to be any rust issues as Cannata was sensational picking up his first two wins of the season. The 23-year-old has stopped 82 of the last 88 shots he has faced for a save-percentage of .932.

Coming Up...

- On Wednesday, the Comets head to Rochester to take on the Americans (9-8-2-2) for the sixth, yes sixth, time already this season. The Americans lead the season series 3-2 thus far.

- The Comets return home on Friday night to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6-10-1-3) for the first time this season before traveling to Glen Falls, NY on Saturday to take on the Adirondack Phantoms (9-9-0-2).

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