The Comets showed dominance with an 8-2 win over the defending Calder Cup champs from Charlotte, while also showing that they can win tight games like their recent 2-1 shootout win over Hershey.
Five of the team's wins came against division rivals.
The Comets have outscored the league with their 39 goals, while their goaltenders have been stingy, allowing just 14 through eight games for the fewest goals against in the AHL this season. That makes for a sparkling +25 goal differential.
The Comets have a few players who are on the league's top-ten lists. Reid Boucher sits atop the AHL with 10 goals, while Nikolay Goldobin sits second for assists with nine. Sven Baertschi sits fourth in that category with eight.
In the crease, rookie Mikey DiPietro sits sixth in the AHL with a goals-against-average of 1.62, while veteran Zane McIntyre is right behind him in eighth with a 1.78 GAA. Both have stellar save percentages as DiPietro is sitting at 0.940%, while McIntyre sports a number of 0.944%.
Utica has a fairly green blueline, but that hasn't stopped rookies Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves from sitting at the top of the league's plus/minus category. Rafferty is tops with a +12 to his credit, while Teves is sitting in second at +11. Francis Perron, Lukas Jasek, Goldobin, and Boucher are all in the top 10 as well.
Of the 27 players who have seen game action for the Comets this season, only seven have been held pointless. Two of those are goaltenders McIntyre and DiPietro and two others, Oscar Fantenberg and Tyler Graovac have only played one game each. The Comets have been getting offensive contributions from players throughout the lineup.
The club currently has six players who have put up at least one point per game this season.
The Comets penalty kill has been fantastic this season, giving up just two goals while down a man 30 times to give themselves a success rate of 93.8%. That is good enough for second overall in the AHL. They have also scored a pair of shorthanded goals.