Tough task ahead.
The Utica Comets dug themselves a giant hole on Friday night, dropping Game 4 of the AHL Calder Cup Final to the Manchester Monarchs by a score of 6-3.
Will Acton, Sven Baertschi and Frank Corrado scored for Utica, which now trail the best-of-seven series 3-1.
“We just didn’t execute tonight,” said Comets head coach, Travis Green. “Usually that’s a strength of ours, but it was probably the biggest problem of our game tonight. When you don’t execute, you are going to turn the puck over. They are a fast, aggressive team and they took advantage of it.”
Only three teams in AHL history have won the Calder Cup after trailing 3-1 in the Final, the last of which occurring in 1949.
The good news is, the Comets are a perfect 3-0 in Game 5’s this season, and Jacob Markstrom has been a brick wall in games coming off a loss.
Game 5, the last game played in Utica this season, goes Saturday night.
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Game 1 – Saturday, June 6th – Manchester 3 – Utica 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sunday, June 7th – Manchester 2 – Utica 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Wednesday, June 10th – Utica 3 – Manchester 2
Game 4 – Friday, June 12th – Manchester 6 – Utica 3
Game 5 – Saturday, June 13th – 4pm PT @ Utica
**Game 6 – Tuesday, June 16th – 4pm PT @ Manchester
**Game 7 – Wednesday, June 17th – 4pm PT @ Manchester
** If necessary
Game 4: Monarchs 6 – Comets 3
- Jacob Markstrom has now allowed four goals or more in one game every series. He has rebounded to win the next game all three previous times, which includes stopping 40-of-41 shots the last time it happened.
- Frank Corrado’s first period goal marked his first career AHL post-season tally.
- Sven Baertschi now has eight goals on the season after one-timing a cross-ice pass from Cory Conacher.
- Will Acton’s third period tally was his first of the post-season and first goal since March 7.