After splitting the first two games, the best-of-five first round series between the Utica Comets and Chicago Wolves has turned into a best-of-three, with the Comets hosting all the remaining games.
Bobby Sanguinetti played the double overtime hero in Game 1 to give the Comets a 1-0 series lead, while the Wolves battled back for a 2-1 victory on Friday night to knot the series at one game apiece.
The rest of the series now shifts back to Utica with the Comets holding down home-ice advantage.
Game 1 – Wednesday, April 22th – Utica 3 – Chicago 2 (2OT)
Game 2 – Friday, April 24th – Chicago 2 – Utica 1
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 29th – 4pm PT @ Utica
Game 4 – Friday, May 1st – 4pm PT @ Utica
**Game 5 – Saturday, May 2nd – 4pm PT @ Utica
Game 1: Comets 3 – Wolves 2 (2OT)
•Hunter Shinkaruk opened the scoring just 1:56 into the game with a nice backhander, his first career AHL post-season goal.
•Nicklas Jensen finished off a nice give-and-go with Darren Archibald to make it a 2-0 game midway through the first frame, his third career AHL playoff goal.
•Magnus Paajarvi put the Wolves on the board early in the third period, while finding the equalizer with just one second remaining in regulation to force overtime.
•The Comets held the lead for 58:03 of regulation.
•Bobby Sanguinetti, aka Mr. OT, snuck in from the point and found the back of the net off an Alexandre Grenier rebound 3:10 into the second overtime to give the Comets win.
•Jacob Markstrom stopped 30-of-32 shots in goal for the Comets.
•Grenier led the way with two assists, while Archibald, Shinkaruk, Kent Huskins and Cal O’Reilly all finished with one helper.
•Comets held a 43-32 advantage in shots.
Game 2: Wolves 2 – Comets 1
•The Comets outshot the Wolves 11-3 in the first period, but the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes. Sanguinetti had the best chance for the Comets, ringing a slap shot off the post.
•Brent Regner opened the scoring for the Wolves just 1:10 into the middle frame.
•Shinkaruk netted the lone goal of the game for the Comets, his second of the post-season, finishing off a two-on-one passing play with Grenier.
•Former Comet and Vancouver Canuck Jeremy Welsh restored the lead for the Wolves just 1:42 after Shinkaruk’s goal, with what stood up as the game-winner.
•Jacob Markstrom stopped 20-of-22 shots in goal for the Comets.
•The Comets held a 31-22 advantage in the shots department.