Comets can’t overcome slow start

Published Oct 18, 2018 at 4:00pm

UTICA — Three first-period power play goals were too much for the Utica Comets to overcome Wednesday nigh as they dropped a 6-1 decision to the Rochester Americans at the Utica Auditorium.

The sold-out game was the 120th consecutive regular season sell-out for the Comets tying the AHL record. The Comets will break that record with a full house at Friday’s game at 7 p.m. against the Cleveland Monsters.

Rookie defenseman Olli Juolevi scored his first AHL goal in the loss Wednesday.

Zach Redmond got the Amerks on the board early with a deflection that beat Richard Bachman on the power play.

Redmond struck again 10 minutes later with another power play goal.

Victor Olofsson extended the lead to 3-0 on a 5-on-3 power play. Juolevi scored a power play goal six minutes into the second period. Tanner Kero and Reid Boucher tallied the assists. But Olofsson restored Rochester’s three-goal lead three minutes later.

The Americans got goals from Danny O’Regan and Alex Nylander as well.

Bachman finished with 24 saves and his record falls to 1-3. The team is now 3-3.