Comets edged by AHL foe Crunch

Published Jan 13, 2018 at 4:10pm

UTICA — The Utica Comets fell to the Syracuse Crunch by a score of 3-2 Friday night in an American Hockey League game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Daniel Walcott gave the Crunch a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game, deflecting a shot over Thatcher Demko. Carter Verhaeghe registered the assist. Adam Comrie blasted a one-timer to tie the game at one with 7:13 to go in the opening frame. Ashton Sautner and Dylan Blujus picked up the assists. Michael Bournival regained the lead for the Crunch at the 18:14 mark of the first period. Syracuse’s AHL All-Star Matthew Peca and Erik Condra were credited with the assists.

AHL All-Star Reid Boucher tied the game at two three minutes into the middle frame, potting a rebound past Crunch goaltender Connor Ingram. Patrick Wiercioch and Zack MacEwen tallied the assists.

Verhaeghe netted a power play goal two and a half minutes into the third period to give the Crunch a 3-2 lead. Ingram shut the door on the Comets to secure the win.

Demko finished with 37 saves and his record falls to 13-7-5. Ingram stopped 30 shots. His record improves to 10-5-1. The Comets power play went 0-8, while the penalty kill allowed one goal in five attempts.

The Comets are back in action tonight as they hit the road to faceoff with the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena is at 7:05.