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Comets add players from ECHL affiliate

Ben Birnell
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Posted 4/19/22

UTICA — The Utica Comets have added four players to the roster with ECHL affiliate Adirondack’s season over. Three of the four players have already spent time with the Comets during the 2021-22 …

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Comets add players from ECHL affiliate

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UTICA — The Utica Comets have added four players to the roster with ECHL affiliate Adirondack’s season over.

Three of the four players have already spent time with the Comets during the 2021-22 season.

The Comets announced Tuesday that goaltender Brandon Kasel, forward Luke Stevens and defensemen Tim Theocharidis and Jarrod Gourley have each been signed to professional tryout contracts.

The moves are usual for AHL teams heading into the postseason. The point is to have the players around to keep them ready in case a need arises.

The Comets are on a midweek road trip to Cleveland with games Tuesday and Wednesday against the Monsters. The Comets, who had five regular-season games remaining entering Tuesday, are within striking distance of clinching the North Division title.

Notably, Kasel is with Utica and serving as backup to Akira Schmid with fellow rookie Mareks Mitens day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to Comets General Manager Dan MacKinnon. Mitens had 18 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Belleville.

Kasel, who is from Ithaca, has served as backup for Comets a few times this season but has not appeared in an any AHL games entering Monday.

In 27 games with Adirondack, Kasel had a .895 save percentage and 3.56 goals against average. He was 8-15-2 this season.

Stevens and Theocharidis skated in handful of games this season with Utica.

The 25-year-old Stevens had two assists in eight games with Utica and showed his size well. He had seven goals and 15 assists in 31 games with Adirondack.

The 23-year-old Theocharidis played five games with Utica after finishing his college season at Arizona State. In four games with Adirondack, the left-handed defenseman had an assist.

Gourley, 22, recently finished his college career after three seasons at Arizona State University and one at the University of Connecticut. In 10 games with Adirondack, he had a goal and an assist.

It is unclear if forward Tyler Grasso, who is signed to an American Hockey League deal and had stints with the Comets, has also joined Utica.

Playoff offer for fans

The Comets have introduced a Playoff Pass for the first time.

The team said the Playoff Pass locks in a person’s seats for every home game during the 2022 postseason.

Also included in the offer is discounted per game tickets, “at a rate exclusive to Playoff Pass holders.” It also guarantees a “giveaway at the first playoff game.”

Prices per seat for the North Division semifinal round as part of the Playoff Pass are $39 for on the glass seats, $35 for premier level, $31 for preferred, $27 for upper mezzanine and $23 for value. The prices increase through the division finals, conference finals and Calder Cup finals, should the Comets advance to those rounds.

Fans can visit uticacomets.com or Adirondack Bank Center Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to obtain the offer. Fans can also call 315-790-9070.

The schedule for the Comets’ early playoff round won’t be released until the standings are finalized in the North Division.

Five other teams are battling for four playoff spots.

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