The Comets managed to outscore their competition in February, even if it was only by a few goals as they finished with 36 goals for and 33 against. Their power play scored 10 goals while up a man 37 times and their penalty kill allowed 10 goals with a man in the box on 34 occasions.
Second-year forward Jonah Gadjovich paced the Comets with three PP goals and one helper on the man advantage, while AHL veteran Carter Camper also picked up four points on the power play, all assists.
We saw some Comets single-season records fall this month as Reid Boucher beat the club's mark for points in a season when he picked up his 63rd of the campaign, while rookie defender Brogan Rafferty became the club's new single-season points leader by a defenceman when he earned his 41st to best the 40 points put up by Bobby Sanguinetti back in the 2013/14 season.
Boucher broke the record in dramatic fashion as he did it in a game where he put up three goals and two helpers for his first five-point effort at the AHL level.
Unsurprisingly, Boucher led all Comets goal scorers in February with seven to his credit, while Sven Baertschi picked up four. Jonah Gadjovich and Justin Bailey finished with three each. As far as assists go, Carter Camper led the team with eight helpers, while Baertschi had seven, Boucher had six, and Nikolay Goldobin and Olli Juolevi were knotted with four apiece.
With 13 points for the month, Boucher was tops in that category as well. Baertschi checks in at number two with 11, while Camper finished February with 10. Nikolay Goldobin and Justin Bailey ended with six and five points respectively.
Mikey DiPietro has taken the starter's job in Utica, starting nine of the team's 10 February games and finishing with a record of 5-3-1-0. He allowed 29 goals on 273 shots against in February and is now 19-10-2-1 on the season with a goals-against-average of 2.89 and a save percentage of 0.917%.
Jake Kielly, for his part, made his AHL debut in relief of DiPietro in the Comets final match of February where they dropped a 5-2 decision to Laval. Kielly fared well in his brief appearance, stopping 11 of 12 shots that he faced, including the breakaway from Laurent Dauphin that he saw as his first shot in the game.