Comets defeat Rocket, win third straight AHL game

Published Jan 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

The Utica Comets won their third straight American Hockey League game on Wednesday night by defeating the Laval Rocket, 5-1 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec.

Laval jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Chris Terry scored the opening goal of the night for the Rocket, firing a one-timer past Comets’ goalie Thatcher Demko. Marco Roy tied the game up for the Comets just over a minute later by tipping in a shot taken by Guillaiume Brisebois.

Philip Holm broke the tie for Utica by scoring a power play goal 1:13 after Roy scored the tying goal. Adam Comrie pushed the Comets’ lead to 3-1 after scoring on another power play opportunity. Andrew Cherniwchan scored the fourth Utica goal just two and a half minutes into the second period and Cole Cassels added the fifth and final Comets’ goal with 3:31 to go in the third period.

Demko finished with 36 saves for the Comets, improving his record to 13-6-5. Laval goalie Michael McNiven made 25 saves.

Utica returns home on Friday night to host the Syracuse Crunch in game five of the Galaxy Cup Series. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.

AHL All-Star Classic to be televised

In other news from the AHL, the All-Star Classic will be broadcasted live and air on the NHL Network and Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW in Canada.

Telecasts will go live on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. for the AHL All-Star Skills Competition and again on Monday, Jan. 29 at 7 for the AHL All-Star Challenge.

Former Utica Comets broadcaster and voice of the New York Islanders, Brendan Burke will handle play-by-play duty and former NHL and AHL forward Alan May will provide color commentary. Dan Weiss, radio and TV broadcaster for the San Antonio Rampage, will work rink side.