The Utica Comets have hit the road as their second round series with the Barons shifts to Oklahoma City for the next three games knotted up at 1-1.
The Comets will look to return to Utica with a series lead, or perhaps the series locked up. However, that won’t come easy as the two teams appear to be evenly matched, with the first two games of the series each going to overtime, including Thursday’s four-overtime marathon won by the Barons. Game 2 didn’t last quite as long, with Alexandre Grenier playing the part of overtime hero for the Comets just 3:32 into the extra frame.
With the teams having already played over 183 minutes of hockey in just two games, and factoring in the Comets have gone to overtime in five of their seven games so far in the post-season, there are sure to be some tired and banged-up bodies.
Game 1 – Thursday, May 7th – OK City 2 – Utica 1 (4OT)
Game 2 – Friday, May 8th – Utica 2 – OK City 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Monday, May 11th – 5pm PT @ OK City
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 13th – 5pm PT @ OK City
Game 5 – Thursday, May 14th – 5pm PT @ OK City
**Game 6 – Monday, May 18th – 4pm PT @ Utica
**Game 7 – Wednesday, May 20th – 4pm PT @ Utica
** If necessary
Game 1: Barons 2 – Comets 1 (4OT)
-Curtis Hamilton ended the game 16 seconds into the fourth overtime period to give the Barons a 1-0 series lead.
-The game finished up as the sixth longest game in the AHL history at 120:16, just over two minutes away from being the fourth longest. The longest game in history finished at 142:58 between Philadelphia and Albany in 2008.
-Kent Huskins scored the lone goal of the game for Utica, the first goal in 43 games for the 2007 Stanley Cup Champion.
-Jacob Markstrom was incredible on the night, stopping 65-of-67 shots.
-The two teams combined for 124 shots as the Barons outshot the Comets by a count of 67-57.
-The game took five hours and 12 minutes to play.
Game 2: Comets 2 – Barons 1 (OT)
-Another game, another overtime for the Comets, but this time Alexandre Grenier made quick work, scoring the winner 3:32 into the extra frame, evening the series at 1-1.
-Adam Clendening tallied for Utica in regulation, knotting the game up at 1-1 just 1:31 into the third period.
-Jacob Markstrom stopped 22-of-23 shots in goal for the Comets, improving his post-season stats to a 1.62 goals-against average and .937 save-percentage.
-Brendan Gaunce had a game-high seven shots on goal, almost 1/3 of the Comets team total, as Utica was outshot 38-23 on the night.