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On 12/15/2019 at 10:32 AM, Elias Pettersson said:

Demko may be out for awhile.  Last year he was out 2 months with his concussion.  I doubt Marky is going to play for 2 months straight.  Expect to see Mikey between the pipes before Xmas...

Damn thats fast. Demko took quite a while to get to the show 

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On 12/15/2019 at 10:32 AM, Elias Pettersson said:

Demko may be out for awhile.  Last year he was out 2 months with his concussion.  I doubt Marky is going to play for 2 months straight.  Expect to see Mikey between the pipes before Xmas...

If a shot off the mask causes Demko to suffer a concussion, does he need a better mask, or is he (maybe) to fragile to play?  Goalies take shots off the mask pretty frequently.  I wonder if he didn’t see the $&!# coming, and it got him in the side of the head?  

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31 minutes ago, Alflives said:

If a shot off the mask causes Demko to suffer a concussion, does he need a better mask, or is he (maybe) to fragile to play?  Goalies take shots off the mask pretty frequently.  I wonder if he didn’t see the $&!# coming, and it got him in the side of the head?  

He may have an issue with taking shots off the mask.  Getting two concussions with shots off the mask is worrisome.  Goalies get hit all the time.  The 3rd concussion may come sooner than the 2nd.  If I was Benning I would sign Marky to a long term deal as quickly as possible before he becomes a UFA.  With Demko you never know what’s going to happen.  And we have Mikey now as insurance. Demko may not even get picked by Seattle if there is a better player available on the Cancuks.  Guys like Kole Lind would be available for selection.  He may be a better long term bet than Demko. So I wouldn’t be too worried about exposing Demko at this point.  

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50 minutes ago, Alflives said:

If a shot off the mask causes Demko to suffer a concussion, does he need a better mask, or is he (maybe) to fragile to play?  Goalies take shots off the mask pretty frequently.  I wonder if he didn’t see the $&!# coming, and it got him in the side of the head?  

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6 hours ago, Elias Pettersson said:

He may have an issue with taking shots off the mask.  Getting two concussions with shots off the mask is worrisome.  Goalies get hit all the time.  The 3rd concussion may come sooner than the 2nd.  If I was Benning I would sign Marky to a long term deal as quickly as possible before he becomes a UFA.  With Demko you never know what’s going to happen.  And we have Mikey now as insurance. Demko may not even get picked by Seattle if there is a better player available on the Cancuks.  Guys like Kole Lind would be available for selection.  He may be a better long term bet than Demko. So I wouldn’t be too worried about exposing Demko at this point.  

Or maybe they make sure he heals properly, like Crosby did, and no more concussion issues.  

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2 minutes ago, Kanukfanatic said:

Or maybe they make sure he heals properly, like Crosby did, and no more concussion issues.  

I like Demko.  He’s going to be a good goalie.  However, it is concerning when a shot off the mask gives a goalie a concussion.  

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3 hours ago, Kanukfanatic said:

Or maybe they make sure he heals properly, like Crosby did, and no more concussion issues.  

It's been over a year since his last concussion.  He gets hit the same way as the first time, with a puck to the mask, and he gets another concussion.  I don't think sitting out 6 more months would have made a difference.  It's the same with Ferland.  Some guys can heal better than others.  Crosby is the exeption to the rule.  Some guys are more prone to getting a concussion than others.  Baertschi is another example.  He can get a concussion without even a direct hit.  That's why he's in Utica because he's afraid to get hit and has changed his game.  It's unfortunate but not much you can do about it.

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He has played around the same amount of games as the other goalie in Utica but seems to be the best goalie we have there.  Do you all think they will start playing him more down the stretch?

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On 2/3/2020 at 6:28 AM, dpn1 said:

He has played around the same amount of games as the other goalie in Utica but seems to be the best goalie we have there.  Do you all think they will start playing him more down the stretch?

I think he is our starter in Utica. I think the main reason that both guys have played about the same number of games is, at the start of the season, it took a few weeks for DiPietro to establish himself as the starter and then he spent some time in Vancouver when Demko was injured.

 

So, yes, I think Utica will lean on DiPietro more through the last 1/3rd of the season.

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Comets’ DiPietro focused on what’s next

 

UTICA – A successful hockey team features many parts, and Mike DiPietro is trying to be one of the key pieces for the Comets.

 

For the mature 20-year-old goaltending prospect that means looking forward, even after earning a notable milestone with his first pro shutout last weekend.

 

“I’m not one to pat myself on the back for anything,” said DiPietro, who had a number of family members in attendance in Cleveland for last Friday’s game near his hometown of Windsor, Ontario. “It is on to the next. Any sport is really ‘what can you do for me now?’ and not really ‘What have you done?’ That’s really my mindset.”

 

There have been learning moments, but DiPietro has largely been solid for the Comets, who are 26-18-2-2 overall and occupy third place in a tough North Division with two meetings each against Laval and Syracuse over the next 10 days. Utica – who are 4-6-0-0 in the last 10 games – is six points ahead of Laval and two back of second-place Rochester, which has three games in hand.

 

DiPietro has won five of his last seven appearances and his 14 wins are tied for fourth-best among AHL rookie goaltenders. His 2.70 goals-against average is fourth among rookies.

 

So, how does DiPietro grade his play with about a third of the regular-season remaining?

 

“I just want to get better each day. I want to not only get better, but I want to have fun. I think those are two big check marks that I can definitely give myself. I’m just trying to grow my game each and every day and adjust to the pro style game,” DiPietro said. “There’s going to be curve balls thrown my way. There’s going to be tough points in the season. I feel like I’ve gone through some. At the end of the day, hard work is going to get you out of those tough times. And, also just thinking what’s made you successful and also leaning on people, leaning on coaches.”

 

Comets coach Trent Cull credited DiPietro with making several key saves against Cleveland, including in the third period.

 

“He’s a great kid,” captain Carter Bancks said. “The work the kid puts in every day (is great). He’s the first guy to the rink. ... He practices hard and he’s one of the last guys on the ice. I’m happy to see him rewarded. I think he’s come a long ways. I think he’s an excellent goaltender and he’s going to continue to get better.”

 

DiPietro noted his teammates are stepping up around him.

 

“Guys are willing to sacrifice the body, blocking shots and are in and out of the lineup with the injuries and have the resiliency to come back and jump back in and do what they do best. It is something you look up to, especially being in your first year and navigate through things,” he said. “I just want to stop the puck. I let the coaches do the coaching. At the end of the day, I just live on my little island there and do my thing.”

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