After putting in their worst effort of the season in a blowout loss to Albany on Friday night, the Utica Comets (12-20-2-3) bounced back for big 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday, snapping a six-game losing skid.Weekly ResultsFriday, January 17th: Albany Devils 8 – Utica Comets 3 -Alexandre Grenier and Brandon DeFazio scored third period goals, but the damage was already done as the Comets surrendered four second period goals en route to an 8-3 loss to the Devils on Friday.
-Benn Ferriero also tallied for the Comets, who trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and 6-1 going into the third period.
-Pascall Pelletier led the assist train with two helpers on the night, while Darren Archibald, Frank Corrado, Alex Friesen and Patrick Kennedy all finished the game with one assist.
-All in all, 14 Comets players finished with a negative plus/minus with Grenier, Peter Andersson, Alex Biega and David Marshall the lone-skaters to finish at even.
-DeFazio and Yann Sauve led the way with a team-high five shots on goal.
-Archibald was giving a two minute minor for instigating, five for fighting and a game misconduct with just 23 seconds to play for his role in a scrap against Seth Helgeson, who had laid a cross check on Pelletier.
-Mathieu Corbeil was yanked after allowing four goals on 20 shots, while Joe Cannata allowed four goals on 13 shots in relief.
Saturday, January 18th: Utica Comets 3 – Hamilton Bulldogs 1
-Alexandre Grenier’s first period power-play marker proved to be the game-winner as the Comets hung on for a tight-checking 3-1 victory over Hamilton on Saturday night.
-Grenier tipped in a Henrik Tommernes blast from the point for his 13th goal of the season.
-The Comets are now 4-1-0 when playing in Canada this season, which is great news considering what’s on tap next weekend.
-Benn Ferriero scored a pair for the Comets, including an empty-netter with 35 seconds remaining. Ferriero redirected a Peter Andersson point shot, which appeared to be redirected by Pascall Pelletier first, to open the scoring. The goal was created by some strong play along the boards from Nicklas Jensen, who was able to get the puck to Andersson at the point.
-Alex Friesen had a career-high five shots on goal, which matched the team-high for the game along with Ferriero and Sauve.
-Pelletier had three helpers on the night, while Tommernes, Peter Anderson and Brandon DeFazio had one assist.
-Joe Cannata turned aside 32 shots in one of his best performances of the season between the barber poles for the Comets, earning the first star of the game.
-Alex Biega finished a team-high plus-2 on the night.
-Darren Archibald was suspended for the game for picking up an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of Friday’s game.
Comet of the Week
Benn Ferriero gets the Comet of the Week nod after racking up three goals in two games this past week. The Essex, Massachusetts product had a goal on Friday night and then scored twice on Saturday, while also picking up seven shots in the two games. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has accumulated 28 points (13-15-28) in 37 games with the Comets this season, which ranks second on the team behind Pascal Pelletier. Ferriero has also appeared in two games with the Canucks this season. Give an honourable mention to Pelletier this week, as the playmaker picked up five helpers in two games.Coming Up…
The Comets are back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Canucks previous AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves (21-14-2-2) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. On Friday and Saturday you can catch the Comets up close in the Fraser Valley as they come to town for a weekend set against the Abbotsford Heat (26-14-1-1).