The Utica Comets won 6-2 over the Cleveland Monsters Saturday at home but their comeback Monday afternoon in Syracuse fell short and they lost 4-2 to the Crunch.
Monday, it was the goalies who set the pace in the first period, with both stopping all shots. Zane McIntyre made seven first period saves for Utica, while his Crunch counterpart Scott Wedgewood made 10.
Syracuse tallied the first goal of the night at 5:02 of the second period. Boris Katchouk fired off a one-timer that beat McIntyre over the left leg. Syracuse built a 2-0 lead on a two-on-none opportunity for Alexander Volkov and Gemel Smith. After a pitch and catch in front of the net, Volkov finished the play.
Syracuse padded their lead to three goals midway through the third period, after Alex Barre-Boulet fired a wrist shot into the stick-side corner.
Jonah Gadjovich, who reached double digits with his 10th goal of the season, got the Comets back within two. Josh Teves sent a pass to the front of the goal where Gadjovich was waiting to re-direct it over the line. They’d get another on a power play a couple minutes later. Justin Bailey received the puck in front of the net, where he used a spinning backhand pass to find Reid Boucher, who punched home his 23rd of the year.
Smith found the empty net with under a minute remaining to seal Utica’s fate.
On Saturday, the Comets had six players score goals in their victory.
Kole Lind, Carter Camper, Lukas Jasek, Seamus Malone, Nikolay Goldobin and Boucher all scored for Utica. Michael DiPietro made 24 saves in the win.
Up 5-2, Boucher sealed the win with a backdoor tap-in from Juolevi with 1:55 to go.
The Comets are back in action Wednesday night when they host the Binghamton Devils at 7.