The Utica Comets (2-10-1-1) have scored a league-low 29 goals through 14 games this season, but pesky defensive play has allowed them to be in the majority of the games they have played, which was the case this past week as the Comets dropped a pair of closely-contested games.Weekly Results Friday, November 15: Rochester Americans 4 – Utica Comets 2
- This marked the third meeting of the season between the two squads and so far it has been a little lopsided as the Americans have taking all three contests by a score of 14-7.
- Benn Ferriero scored both goals for the Comets to bring his season total up to six on the year, which leads the team.
- Ferriero had a team-high six shots-on-goal for the Comets, which outshot Rochester by a count of 35-30 on the night.
- Grenier had a team-high four shots on goal in the game.
- Nicklas Jensen, Pascal Pelletier and Patrick Mullen all picked up helpers in the game.
- Pelletier and Mullen both finished with a team-high plus-1 rating.
- Goaltender Joackim Eriksson was yanked midway through the middle stanza after giving up three goals on 15 shots.
- Joe Cannata stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced in relief. This marked the first time Cannata saw game action in exactly 14 days. Saturday, November 16: Texas Stars 2 – Utica Comets 1
- This was the first ever game between an AHL team from Utica against a team from the state of Texas.
- This marked the sixth game this season the Comets have lost by one goal.
- Alexandre Grenier scored the lone-goal for the Comets, giving him four on the season, which is good for second on the club.
- Kellan Lain and Brandon DeFazio registered assists on the Grenier goal.
- The assist for Lain gives him three points in his last six games. The 6-foot-6, 222-pounder previously went his first 21 AHL games (dating back to last season) without a point.
- DeFazio, Grenier, Lain, Frank Corrado and Kent Huskins all finished with a plus-1 rating.
- Colin Stuart led the Comets with a team-high six shots on goal. This is the seventh time this season the former Atlanta Thrasher has led the team in shots in a game.
- Joacim Eriksson, who started his sixth straight game, made 21 saves between the pipes for the Comets. Comet of the Week
Benn Ferriero picks up the Comet of the Week honors after scoring two of the teams three goals this past week. The Essex, Massachusetts product scored both goals in a 4-2 loss to Rochester on Friday night, giving him six on the season which is good for the team lead. The former San Jose Shark has 10 points in 14 games this season (6-4-10) which puts him in a tie for second spot on the club with Alexandre Grenier and just one point back of Pascal Pelletier for the team-lead.Coming Up...
The Comets return to action on Friday night as they head to Rochester to once again take on the Americans.
On Saturday, the Comets return home to take on, you guessed it!, the Rochester Americans for the fifth time this season.