Comets can’t hold on to early lead in road loss to Rochester


ROCHESTER — The Utica Comets were defeated by the Rochester Americans, 3-1, on Wednesday night in American Hockey League game at Blue Cross Arena.

Michael Carcone put the Comets up 1-0 just 1:27 into the game. Wacey Hamilton and Cole Cassels tallied the assists.

Rochester’s Steve Moses tied the game at one with 2:27 to go in the opening frame. Sahir Gill and Casey Nelson had the assists.

Stuart Percy gave the Amerks their first lead of the game at the 6:50 mark of the second period. C.J. Smith and Nick Baptiste were credited with the assists. Smith extended the lead to 3-1 with a power play goal. Seth Griffith and Zach Redmond collected the assists.

Despite a late six-on-four power play, the Comets were unable to find the back of the net in efforts to tie the game.

Utica goalie Thatcher Demko finished with 31 saves and his record fell to 8-6-3.

Rochester goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 27 shots. His record improved to 12-3-3.

The Comets’ power play went 0-1, while the penalty kill allowed one goal in their only opportunity.
  The Comets, who are 10-11-3-1, are back in action Friday night as they host the Binghamton Devils at 7.


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