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  2. SIFERS TO PLAY FINAL GAME SUNDAY Apr 11, 2019 Utica Comets defenseman Jaime Sifers has announced that he will be playing his final game of professional hockey on Sunday against the Syracuse Crunch. Sifers, 36, has enjoyed 13 seasons of hockey in the pro ranks, including nearly 650 in the AHL. His career has spanned across the NHL, AHL, and DEL (Germany) and has included over 800 regular season games. As he told the Utica Observer-Dispatch: “I probably thought about it every day for about six months, from last summer’s training until all the way to Christmas time. It just seemed like the right thing to do,” Sifers said Wednesday, acknowledging he wanted to be open with his teammates. “I still love playing. It is just time to move on. One of my proudest achievements is leaving everything on the ice. That’s what you want to be: a player who your teammates know you played your heart out for them.” Sifers played in two seasons with the Utica Comets and made an impact both on and off the ice. “We love living in tight-knit communities and this is definitely one of them,” Sifers said, referring to his wife and two girls. “It provides a lot of closure to be able to end in a place like this and know we used to call this home. It will always be a special place for us. Though he will miss the daily competition, he is ready to turn the page and embark on the next chapter of his life. “I love competing with a group of guys that are all pulling in the same direction,” he said. “The emotion of the games, the emotion of the buildings you play in, especially (Utica). I’m definitely going to miss that energy and getting your heart racing, your chills down your body. Things like that you can’t find really anywhere else.” The first 1,000 fans at Sunday’s game can receive a Sifers bobblehead upon entry.
  3. Fight card for tonight: Darcy, Gadjovich, Hamilton, Anselmini,Woods, MacEwen, Kero (got jumped and blindsided by Blandisi game misconduct) Pens 59 penalty minutes, Comets 45, Comets 3/7 on the PP and 5/5 on PK Every fight was instigated by the Pens and the more we scored the more they came back with the rough stuff. There was a lot more roughing going on than made the board. Besides Boucher 3 goals and 1 assist the Comets standout was Mazanec. He made some really quality saves and the one goal was an odd deflect, possibly off his own stick.
  4. COMETS MAKE TRIO OF ROSTER MOVES Apr 8, 2019 Utica, N.Y. – Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the club has signed defensemen Derek Pratt and Connor Doherty to professional tryout contracts. Additionally, the team has released defenseman Colton Saucerman from his PTO. He will return to the Idaho Steelheads for the start of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Saucerman appeared in 24 games during his stint with the Comets, registering four points (1-3-4). Doherty, 25, skated in 52 games with the Worcester Railers this season, collecting nine points (1-8-9). The 6-2, 194-pound defenseman has 14 career points (2-12-14) in 92 professional games. Prior to turning pro, the Holden, Mass. native played three seasons at Sacred Heart University, scoring 21 points (7-14-21) in 99 games. Pratt, 25, suited up in 63 games with the Maine Mariners this year, tallying 18 points (2-16-18). The 6-2, 194-pound defenseman also skated in five games with the South Carolina Stingrays and Manchester Monarchs last season following his collegiate career. Prior to turning pro, the Mount Hermon, Mass. native played in 141 games at the University of Connecticut, amassing 21 points (2-19-21).
  5. Another clunker. 2-6 vs Crunch. Malone the only highlight with the first PP goal. Mazanec shouldn't start in the ECHL let alone AHL. Absolute disaster in the net. At least Kulbakov was competitive. Friend of mine Crunch season ticket holder watched the game and said he should have been pulled in the 1st. Comets 1/8 and Crunch 3/6 on PP. Very rough game.
  6. UGH. Another clunker. 2-5 vs. Marlies with 2 EN. 39-23 Shot in favor of Comets. The new kid Seamus Malone with second goal of pro career.
  7. It took a 5th round in Shootout but Comets win 2-1. 37-14 shots in favor of Comets and 0/6 on PP. Lavals goalie Connor LaCouvee was a standout but many shots were right into his chest. Leighton also had some awesome saves including a breakaway. Arseneau went out after a bad hit. Seamus Moore was sent out and score the first goal in the SO. Jasek got the game winner. Belleville Lost but Cleveland won.