Do or die.
The Utica Comets return home for Game 3 of their best of five series with the Albany Devils in a bit of a hole.
The Comets are on the brink of elimination, trailing 2-0 in the series after a pair of losses in Albany over the weekend. They must win the next two on home ice to force a decisive Game 5 in Albany.
Game 1 – Friday, April 22: Albany 3 – Utica 2
Game 2 – Saturday, April 23: Albany 5 – Utica 1
Game 3 – Tuesday, April 26: 4:00pm PT @ Utica
*Game 4 – Thursday, April 28: 4:00pm PT @ Utica
*Game 5 – Saturday, April 30: 2:00pm PT @ Albany
Game 1: Devils 3 – Comets 2
-The Comets found out why the Devils are one of the stingiest defensive teams in the AHL as they were outshout 29-14 on the night, including 9-0 in the second period alone.
-The Devils tallied early in the first, early in the second and midway through the third as they held leads of 1-0, 2-0 and 3-1.
-Darren Archibald opened the scoring for the Comets, taking a nifty spin pass from Alex Friesen to bury his second career AHL post-season goal, pulling the Comets to within one early in the third period.
-Jordan Subban made it a 3-2 game with less than five minutes to play in the third period, blasting home a shot from the point for his first career professional playoff tally.
-Richard Bachman made 26 saves in the loss.
-Ronalds Kenins finished the night with a pair of helpers.
Game 2: Devils 5 – Comets 1
-That dreaded second period. In Game 1 the Comets couldn’t muster a shot in the middle stanza, while in Game 2 they were outscored 4-0, putting the game out of reach.
-Cole Cassels opened the scoring with a shot from along the boards, his first career professional playoff marker.
-The Devils would respond before the period was out, then tack on four more in the second period to make it a 5-1 game after 40 minutes.
-Richard Bachman was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots.
-Joe Cannata stopped 11-of-12 shots faced in 32:06 of relief work.