The Utica Comets make their first ever appearance in the Southern Tier region as they take on the Binghamton Senators tonight at the Arena. The Comets are tied with the team the Senators are fresh off of winning against the Hamilton Bulldogs as Utica has earned some respect compared to the beginning of the season and will be playing for their fourth straight win while the Sens play for their fifth in a row.
(33-15-1-3) 70 pts
First in East Division
(21-23-3-4) 49 pts
Tied for Third in North Division
Hammond / Greenham
Injured Reserve: Goalie Nathan Lawson, flu Cole Schneider, upper body.
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer and Wacey Hamilton, Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
Comets are coming off a huge emotional win of their own Friday night in Syracuse winning 2-1 in overtime in front of a packed Syracuse house. Senators need to rise as the bus trip home from Montreal was a pleasant one I’m sure but they need to be ready and answer for the Comets will be ready.
After making a combined 45 roster movements, including the three rookie goaltender’s they’ve used, Utica is on the rise having won three straight to escape the basement in the North Division and going 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 games. Rookie goaltenders Joacim Eriksson and Joe Cannata have aided in righting the ship but they’re still a ways off from a post-season position.
This should be a doozy and we need to continue to tack on points if we are thinking of winning this division. Sens lost last season by a single point to Syracuse as we should have nailed it.
Players To Watch For
Utica: Forwards Pascal Pelletier (10g 32a 44gms) and Benn Ferriero (17g 20a 49gms), Defenseman Patrick Mullen (7g 11a 41gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Andre Petersson (17g 23a 43gms), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9g 21a 29gms) and Mark Stone (12g 13a 23gms).
Sens split both games in Utica. This is game three out of four scheduled.
- Current Percentage of Binghamton reaching the playoffs: 99.7%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 5th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: +0.2 (W over Hamilton 4-1).
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Cover photo courtesy of Jeff Ulmer.