Comets sweep to victories over defending champions
TORONTO — The Utica Comets swept the defending Calder Cup champion Toronto Marlies in their two-game weekend series in Toronto.
Reid Boucher continued his torrid pace, having scored in all five Comets games to open the season.
Five Comets scored en route to a 5-3 win Sunday evening at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto.
Boucher leads the league with eight goals.
The Marlies struck first but Zack MacEwen answered a minute later, depositing a loose puck in the crease to tie the game at one.
Michael Carcone gave the Comets a 2-1 lead midway through the second period after Darren Archibald sprung him on a partial break. Boucher extended the lead to 3-1 at the 14:58 mark of the second period, batting a pass from Tanner MacMaster out of the air and past Marlies goaltender Jeff Glass.
Guillaume Brisebois made it 4-1 halfway through the third period when his shot deflected off a Marlies’ defenseman and dribbled through Glass’ legs. Pierre Engvall scored on a breakaway for Toronto 12 seconds later to cut the lead to 4-2. Cam Darcy scored an empty-net goal to seal the win.
Ivan Kulbakov stopped 38 shots to earn his second win in as many nights.
On Saturday, Boucher and Adam Gaudette each tallied three points and six Comets scored in the 7-4 Comets victory over the Marlies Saturday.
The Comets got off to a fast start as Archibald buried a pass from Gaudette two minutes into the game. MacMaster pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 13:38 mark of the first, converting on a two-on-one with Boucher. Tanner Kero also picked up an assist on the play. Brendan Woods made it 3-0 minutes later, tipping a shot from Guillaume Brisebois. Gaudette slipped a puck in the crease past Marlies netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo.
Boucher’s power play goal three minutes into the second period came on assists from Olli Juolevi and Kero. Lukas Jasek extended the lead to 6-0 five minutes later on a back door feed from Carter Bancks. Dymtro Timashov put the Marlies on the board with a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the second period.
After two more goals by the Marlies. Boucher restored the four-goal lead with another power play goal.
Kulbakov finished with 30 saves to earn his first career AHL victory.
The Comets hit the ice again Wednesday night when they host the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
If the Comets game sells out it will be the team’s 120th consecutive sell-out, tying the league’s record.
In a roster move, the Comets assigned defenseman Jagger Dirk to the Kalamazoo Wings. He has not appeared in any games with the Comets this season.