Comets down Providence to extend home winning streak

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UTICA — Utica scored a pair of goals in the first period and never looked back as the Comets won their fourth straight home game with a 5-2 American Hockey League win over the Providence Bruins on Wednesday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Defenseman Colton Saucerman, who signed a professional tryout contract with the Comets earlier in the week, got the Comets on the board halfway through the first period with a blast from the top of the circle.

Just over two minutes later, Reid Boucher scored the first of his two goals on a rebound shot.

Providence’s Jordan Szwarz scored the lone goal of the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Comets broke the contest open with three goals in the final period. Boucher, Zack MacEwen and Darren Archibald all found the back of the net. Archibald sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 49 seconds to go.

Zach Senyshyn scored the other goal for the Bruins.

Utica goalie Thatcher Demko make 31 saves in net, while Providence goalie Zane McIntyre stopped 21 shots.

The Comets are back at it Friday night at home against the Binghamton Devils in a 7 o’clock face-off.

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