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  1. The Athletic and other Pay sites

    Exactly how I look at it. Don't care to hear 90% of opinions from our media guys. The only ones I follow anymore are the ones that keep the editorializing at a minimum.
  2. Cole Cassels | C

    He's on the fourth line right now, with Chaput, Darcy, and Hamilton all ahead of him in the centre position. He's been getting usage on the second powerplay unit though, which is nice to see as he had a lot of success on the PP in junior getting those greasy goals in tight. Gets a regular PK shift. Loves to muck it up in the tough areas and get under opponents' skin which is something the big club lacks. I agree with the rest of your assessment, a lot of fans around here are so impatient that when a prospect shows the slightest signs of getting on track the first thought is to call them up. A larger sample size of consistent play is needed before that happens with Cassels, but the potential he showed before has definitely resurfaced at times this year.
  3. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I'm confident they could win a round. They'd have to get past Toronto after that somehow, they're ridiculously good again this year, especially on the defensive side. Comets are 1-4 vs the Marlies so far and they have the best two goalies in the league (Sparks + Pickard) whose stats have been mind boggling. However, the Comets haven't come across the Marlies yet in their 16 game point streak... it would be interesting to see how they'd fare now compared to earlier in the season. I don't think they have the depth to take Toronto in a seven game series. But their next game vs Lehigh Valley (second in the league after Toronto) on Wednesday will be a good measuring stick for the Comets.
  4. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Hmm, Brodeur's an interesting add since he's a vet-exempt too. Comets currently have Wiercioch, Chaput, Hamilton, Dziurzynski, Boucher (v-e). Bancks, Megna and Sifers are injured. Might mean that Sifers is out for a while and they'd rather have a more experienced skater in his place (one Cull is familiar with, too) than a lesser proven PTO like Simonelli. Also adds a considerable amount of size to the back end. Utica's done a great job finding capable replacements so far this year, hopefully this is another one of those cases.
  5. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Comets earn a 5-4 OT victory in a highly back and forth affair, Wiercioch nabbing the winner 49 seconds into the extra frame. First period was fairly even, second period all Comets, third period all Penguins. Final shots 40-34 for Utica as they get the only one that mattered in overtime. Utica momentarily took over the game at the end of the second period with three goals in a span of 1:02 from Cameranesi, Chaput and Molino. The turning point was 5 minutes into the third (the Penguins had already had two powerplays in the period by this point), when the refs missed a slash on Cherniwchan but abruptly called Hamilton for holding right after, then dealt an additional minor to Demko for abuse of officials when he complained about the call. The Pens scored on the 5 on 3 and essentially took over the game after that, running the score up to 4-3 before Cassels tied it up late on a jam play in front of the net. Great perseverance shown by the Comets in this one to fight back when it looked like things were sealed late in the third. Carcone-Chaput-D'Aoust and Molino-Hamilton-MacEwen were the two best lines for Utica, as advertised, both with numerous chances to score in this one. MacEwen, D'Aoust, and defenseman Adam Comrie all with four shots on goal out of Utica's 40. Carcone was really buzzing tonight after a stretch of quiet play, lot of crafty stickhandling and good play along the boards. Sautner had another steady game and was the most physical out of the defensemen again, including a fight with Wilson after Wilson had driven hard to the net and caused Sautner to knock over Demko. Demko himself was solid, not spectacular, but made the right saves to keep the Comets in the game when they needed it. LaBate had a rough game and doesn't really look up to speed after being in and out of the lineup with all his injuries... he had a particuarly rough shift in the final minute of the third where he had two chances to clear the zone but bobbled the puck and fell down. Brisebois also had some spotty moments, coughing up a shorthanded breakaway and losing the puck in his feet on the Penguins' go ahead goal in the third. Three stars: 1) Wiercioch, 2) Wilson (WBS), 3) Cramarossa (WBS). Comets play next on Monday vs Belleville at 12:00 pst. They now move to 66 points on the year and sit solely in second place in the North Division, still riding a 15 game point streak. 1st 9:31 WBS Joseph Cramarossa (4) ASST: Gage Quinney (11), Garrett Wilson (14) 2nd 17:27 UTI Tony Cameranesi (1) ASST: David Dziurzynski (3), Patrick Wiercioch (15) 18:08 UTI Michael Chaput (12) ASST: None 18:29 UTI Griffen Molino (3) ASST: Zack MacEwen (19), Wacey Hamilton (7) 3rd 5:51 WBS Jarrett Burton (7) ASST: Daniel Sprong (20), Jean-Sebastien Dea (19) (PP) 8:58 WBS Ethan Prow (2) ASST: Joseph Cramarossa (9), Kevin Spinozzi (2) 13:36 WBS Garrett Wilson (10) ASST: Jarrett Burton (2), Jarred Tinordi (7) 17:20 UTI Cole Cassels (5) ASST: Cam Darcy (15) OT 0:49 UTI Patrick Wiercioch (7) ASST: Wacey Hamilton (8), Michael Carcone (9)
  6. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Comets win!!! Wiercioch takes Hamilton's pass from behind the net and wires it home for the overtime victory, 5-4. Chants of U-TI-CA go up in the Wilkes-Barre arena.
  7. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    The Comets' point streak is extended to 15 games - this one's going to overtime. Just a question of whether they earn one point or two now. 4-4 at the end of regulation after a period largely controlled by the Penguins. Shots are 39-34 for Utica, WBS with a 15-7 edge in the third.
  8. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Comets score! Tie game!! With 2:40 to play, Darcy drives it to the crease from behind the net where he and Cassels work to jam it home. Cassels gets credit for the goal, his 5th of the season at the perfect moment after a tough period for the Comets.
  9. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    4-3 Penguins now... a point shot hits Brisebois in front, who circles around unable to find it in his feet. Burton chips it on goal, it deflects up into the air and Wilson swings at it to put it in the back of the net. WBS has completely taken over the game here in the third, with help from the officials.
  10. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Tie game - Blujus goes down hard after blocking Cramarossa's shot, who gets it right back and dishes cross-ice to Prow for the goal. 3-3.
  11. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Horrible officiating going on in the third here... WBS has already had two PPs. Sprong blatantly slashes Cherniwchan, no call. Hamilton gets a holding penalty after that, plus a misconduct for complaining and Demko also gets an unsportsmanlike minor penalty for talking to the refs to give WBS a full two minute 5 on 3. RIdiculous. And now the Penguins score on the two man advantage to cut it to 3-2.
  12. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Not even sure what to say after that, the Comets completely came to life in the latter stages of the second... shots were 17-17 with about eight minutes to go and they wind up 32-19 in favour of Utica at the end of the frame (20-7 in the second). 3-1 Comets after three goals in 1:02 after they turned on the pressure and spent nearly every shift in the Penguins zone. Really was looking like one of those games where nothing was gonna happen the rest of the way, but ended up being a dominant period for Utica. Hard work pays off for the Carcone-Chaput-D'Aoust and Molino-Hamilton-MacEwen lines who have been the best for the Comets. Not much happening on the powerplay (including that shorthanded chance for WBS) but you can look past that with the quality of 5 on 5 play the Comets were rolling out in the second half of the second. Demko was sharp on the chance he faced as well.
  13. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    3-1!!!! DeSmith gets his signals crossed behind the net with his d-man, MacEwen and Hamilton combine to work the puck free with MacEwen muscling it around the net with a pass to Molino in front who scores. Crazy action to the end the period here. Out of absolutely nowhere its 3-1 Comets.
  14. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    And they score again right after! Chaput on a breakaway makes it 2-1 Comets with a quick backhand-forehand move. Goals 31 seconds apart with 1:30 to go in the second.
  15. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Comets score! Dziurzynski's pass from the corner is tipped in by Cameranesi driving to the net to make it 1-1 late in the second.