Nicklas Jensen scored five times this past week as the Utica Comets (18-22-3-4) hit the road for four games, picking up five of a possible eight points along the way.
Weekly Results Tuesday, February 4: Chicago Wolves 4 – Utica Comets 2
-Benn Ferriero and Nicklas Jensen scored the goals for the Comets, while Joacim Eriksson made 31 saves between the pipes.
-Alexandre Grenier, Guillaume Lepine, Patrick Mullen and Henrik Tommernes picked up assists.
-Darren Archibald had a game-high six shots on goal.
-Lepine and Kent Huskins were the lone Comets skaters to finish with a plus-1 rating.
-11,488 were on-hand at the Allstate Arena in Chicago for a “School Day” game.
Wednesday, February 5: Utica Comets 3 – Iowa Wild 2
-Nicklas Jensen and Colin Stuart scored for Utica, while Joe Cannata turned aside a career-high 43 saves.
-Alex Biega scored the game-winner in the ninth round of the shootout. Patrick Mullen and Jeremy Welsh were the only other Comets skaters to find the back of the net, while Cannata stopped seven of the nine shots he faced.
-Welsh, Benn Ferriero and Alexandre Grenier all had helpers for the Comets.
-Biega, Stuart and Brandon DeFazio all had a team-high four shots on goal.
-Biega, Stuart and Welsh all finished a team-high plus-1.
-Cannata’s previous career-high was 40, which was set on February 1, 2013 while playing for the Chicago Wolves in a 5-2 win over Milwaukee. Despite making his 43 saves, Cannata wasn’t named one of the games three stars, however, Iowa goaltender John Curry who made 27 saves in just over 44 minutes of work, was named second star….
Friday, February 7: Utica Comets 3 – Milwaukee Admirals 0
-Joacim Eriksson moved into a tie for the AHL lead with his fourth shutout of the season as he stopped all 21 shots he faced in goal.
-Darren Archibald scored twice for the Comets while Kent Huskins added his first goal of the season to pace the offence for the Comets.
-Alex Biega had two helpers, while Colin Stuart and Jeremy Welsh both finished with one assist.
-Colin Stuart led all Comets skaters with six shots on goal.
-Archibald, Beiga, Huskins, Stuart and Welsh all finished with team-high plus-2 ratings.
-Archibald was named the first star of the game, followed by Biega and Eriksson.
Sunday, February 9: Rockford IceHogs 5 – Utica Comets (4)
-Nicklas Jensen scored three times in a span of 6:40 but a late Rockford power-play marker sent the game to overtime where the IceHogs would win it 2:09 into the extra frame.
-Darren Archibald, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, scored his 10th goal of the season.
-Patrick Mullen and Henrik Tommernes both had two assists in the game, while Brandon DeFazio, Alexandre Grenier, Pascal Pelletier and Jeremy Welsh all had one helper.
-The Comets saw the return of Pelletier, Frank Corrado, Kellan Lain and Yann Sauve who were all returned by the Canucks.
-After going the first 17 games of the season without a point, Welsh now has assists in three straight.
-Joacim Eriksson made 32 saves between the barber poles for the Comets. Through 30 games this season, the product of Sweden has a 13-14-2 record with a .257 goals-against average and a .914 save-percentage.
Comet of the Week
After scoring five goals in four games this past week, Nicklas Jensen takes the honors as the Comet of the Week. The product of Herning, Denmark scored once in the Comets loss to the Wolves and once in the win over Utica, while finishing off the week with a natural hat trick and eight shots on goal against the IceHogs on Sunday afternoon. The 2011 first-rounder had one goal in his first 26 games this season, but has now scored 10 times in his last 15 games and currently sits with 15 points (11-4-15) in 41 games.Coming Up…
The Comets have their second of six three-game in three-night weekends as they travel to Rochester to take on the Americans (23-17-3-3) on Friday night before hosting the Americans just 24 hours later in Utica. On Sunday afternoon the Comets will be north of the border as they take on the Toronto Marlies (18-22-3-4).