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  1. Nothing but class from Sven which we have grown to expect in Utica.
  2. Very sad news. Craig and Jeff made the long drive down to Utica to see Zack play and had a great time here. He would occasionally comment on our Comets fans Facebook group and seemed like a genuine good guy. Much too young to have a stroke and it's a shame he didn't get to see all of Zack's career.
  3. Bailey didn't play center at all this year. Not sure where this came from.
  4. There is a lot of posting on Twitter these days about which NHL teams are paying their game day staff and which are not. Please consider buying a $25 shirt designed by the Comets office staff to help them and the arena staff at the Aud during these unusual times.And a reminder that the Canucks own the AHL franchise and pays all of the players, trainers and coaching staff. A local business group headed by Robert Esche pays all of the Comets office staff and game day arena staff as they also manage the Aud. Plus they pay the Canucks an affiliation fee to place their team in Utica. Minor league teams depend on game day revenue and not multi-billion dollar TV contracts.The other business ventures that Esche and his group own and operate in Utica are a few restaurants which are also impacted by the coronavirus scare and they just announced that they will provide free meals to kids 12 and under in light of many lower income families having their jobs affected by the current situation.
  5. Mikey was pulled tonight after giving up 4 goals on 9 shots. Goalies take longer to develop than skaters. He needs much more time playing and developing in the AHL before he is ready for a call up. Just because Demko is struggling in the starters role doesn't mean it's time to call DiPietro up.
  6. The Comets will be hosting an outdoor game next year. https://twitter.com/UticaComets/status/1230166273688047616?s=19
  7. Boucher didn't finish the Comets game in Bellevile on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury. Someone mentioned an ankle but I don't know how severe and he didn't make the trip out to California to participate in the all star game and was replaced at the last minute by Jeremy Brocco.
  8. Still a lot of season to be played and standings tend to chance much more in the AHL than the NHL because injuries are 2X the issue in the A. Injuries on both the NHL and AHL roster impact the AHL team. Then the trade deadline is another huge variable. Do NHL trades strip away players from the AHL team and will any AHL players on the NHL roster on TDL day be papered back down to the AHL? If not they are not eligible to come back down to the AHL again this season including the playoffs.
  9. You could get your wish because the Marlies are currently tied in points with Laval but played one less game so they are technically in 4th based on percentage.
  10. It is interesting to see the full conference standings but an FYI on the playoff format in the AHL. There are no wildcards so the top 4 teams in the North Division and the top 4 teams in the Atlantic Division qualify for the playoffs. In the North right now the top 4 in order are Belleville, Utica, Rochester and Toronto.
  11. Ankle. He was in and out of a game last week trying to play through it and has been out of the line up for a couple games now. It is supposed to be a mild strain so hopefully he will be back soon.
  12. Zero details being reported. Not sure what happened as he lead the rush on the OT goal on Wednesday, didn't participate in an optional practice on Thursday and then listed as injured on Friday.
  13. By Ben Birnell Posted Jan 9, 2020 at 10:19 PM Utica Comets rookie goaltender Mike DiPietro is finding his footing on and off the ice in the Mohawk Valley. An East Utica family has even taken the 20-year-old under their wing. UTICA — Mike DiPietro is the youngest player on the Comets’ roster. Spend even a few minutes around the talented 20-year-old goaltender and it is easy to see DiPietro is also one of the most easygoing and affable players on the team. Halfway into his first professional season as a top Vancouver Canucks prospect, DiPietro appears to be finding his footing both on and off the ice in the Mohawk Valley. “I love it here in Utica. The people are phenomenal. I’m very grateful to be here,” said DiPietro, who is from Windsor, Ontario. “I always try to embrace the community that I’m in for whatever team I play. I just love meeting people.” That mindset has led DiPietro to form what he considers a special friendship with the DeSarro family, which includes Alicia and her husband, Anthony, and their three kids. It doesn’t hurt that DiPietro and the DeSarros share proud Italian heritages. “He’s been like a fourth kid,” said Alicia DeSarro, who holds a front office position as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Comets as well as Utica City Football Club. “He’s young and doesn’t have a family here. And I know how close he is with his family and how much he misses them that it is like a perfect fit.” Through the family, he’s gotten a chance to experience the food and culture in the area. When he hasn’t been up with the Canucks – he’s had two stints with the NHL club and made a relief appearance – he has joined the East Utica family for dinners throughout this season. He’s carved pumpkins with 8-year-old Adrianna, 6-year-old Anthony and 5-year-old Alex and he’ll play the occasional game of hide-and-seek. Up next Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Utica Comets. When: 7 p.m. Friday. Where: Adirondack Bank Center. Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com (subscription-based service). Season series: Utica leads two-game series 1-0 following a 4-2 win Dec. 28 at Lehigh Valley. Records: Lehigh Valley (13-18-1-4, 31 points, 7th in the Atlantic Division), Utica (21-12-2-2, 46 points, 2nd in the North Division). Home cookin’?: The contest begins a season-long five-game homestand for the Comets. It is part of a stretch that includes seven of the next eight games at home. “They absolutely love Mike,” DeSarro said. “They’re constantly asking ‘Is Mike coming over today?’ We don’t have that with other players. ... It is kind of refreshing to have that.” DiPietro appreciates the Utica family’s willingness to help him navigate life away from the ice. “For them to just welcome me into their home and to get to hang around the little ones and meet their family and friends has allowed me to feel more comfortable here,” DiPietro said. “I owe a lot to their family for welcoming me and making me feel at home. I really can’t say enough things about them.” DiPietro remains close with his dad, Vic – he wears jersey No. 67 in honor of his birth year – and his stepmom and Skypes with them whenever he has cooking questions. One of three goaltenders on the team with Zane McIntyre and Richard Bachman, DiPietro has quickly become a favorite among Comets fans and received loud cheers during pre-game introductions at a recent home game. DiPietro has been a quick study as he continues to make adjustments, including to the mental side of the game. Entering Friday, DiPietro had a 9-5-1 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. He’s experienced a few bumps along the way, but he’s largely enjoying himself. “At the end of the day, you’re playing hockey for a living,” DiPietro said with a smile. “It is something that I love to do. I love the fact that I can win games. I love the fact that I feel comfortable out there. I feel like I’m helping the team. I always want to be helping my team. It has certainly been a blast the first half. ... But, I always want to get better.” SIGN UP FOR DAILY E-MAIL Wake up to the day’s top news, delivered to your inbox Sign-up for other newsletters