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Comets rewind - Dec 23, 2013

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Enjoying the Heat.

The Utica Comets (10-15-1-1) continued their dominance over the Abbotsford Heat (21-9-1-1) as of late, outscoring them 7-2 in two victories this past week, thanks in large part to great goaltending from Joacim Eriksson. Since starting the season 0-10-0, the Comets have rebounded with a record of 10-7-0 in their last 17 games.

Weekly Results
Wednesday, December 18, 2013: Utica Comets 4 – Abbotsford Heat 2

-Patrick Mullen scored twice for the Comets, his first multi-goal game since March 31, 2012.

-Kellain Lain scored his fourth of the year and Alex Biega netted his first goal of the season to round out the scoring for the Comets.

-Alex Mallet, Peter Andersson, Cal O’Reilly, Colin Stuart and Alex Friesen all picked up helpers in the game.

-Joacim Erikssons stopped 26 shots between the pipes for the Comets, including all 11 he faced in the first period.

-Darren Archibald led all skaters with five shots on goal, while Yann Sauve finished a game-high plus-2.

Friday, December 20, 2013: Utica Comets 3 – Abbotsford Heat 0

-Joacim Eriksson stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season.

-Kellan Lain made it three straight games with a goal as he bagged his fifth of the season to open the scoring.

-Benn Ferriero had a goal and an assist, while Alexandre Grenier scored his sixth of the season to pace the Comets offence.

-Colin Stuart, Cal O’Reilly, Brandon DeFazio and Peter Andersson all picked up helpers.

-The assist for Andersson gives him a career-high three-game point streak.

-Yann Sauve traded holiday pleasantries with Heat forward David Eddy late in the second period.

-Grenier had a team-high five shots on goal, while Yann Suave finished a game-high plus-2 for the second consecutive game.
Comet of the Week

Don’t have to look very far this week, as goaltender Joacim Eriksson had been playing lights out for the Comets as of late. In two games this past week, Eriksson was 2-0-0, with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .965 save-percentage along with one shutout. In his last four games, the Swedish born goaltender is 4-0-0 with a 1.48 GAA, .953 SV% and one shutout. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is now 8-10-2 on the year.

Coming Up…

The Comets seven-game home stand continues this Friday when they host the Binghamton Senators (16-9-0-3), a team they defeated 5-2 back on December 13th. On Saturday, the Comets play host to the Hamilton Bulldogs (12-14-0-3). The Bulldogs and Comets split their previous two games of the season.

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