Comets drop final game as Canucks’ AHL affiliate


ROCHESTER — The Utica Comets fell 2-1 in the last game of the season, a road game against the Rochester Americans. It marked the final game as the Vancouver Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate.

The Comets will be the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils next season.

Comets rookie goaltender Will Cranley was making his first ever professional start. In the first period, he broke his stick and the Amerks took advantage and fired a shot blocker side and in. The shot came off the stick of defenseman Dylan Blujus at 17:06.

The Amerks scored the only goal of the second period when during a scramble the loose puck bounced to the stick of Brendan Warren who put it between the post and the left pad of Cranley. The goal scored at 2:10 put Rochester up 2-0. 

In the final period of play, the Comets were awarded a penalty shot with 36.5 seconds left. Sam Anas stood at center ice, skated in and fired a shot over the glove and in on Amerks goalie Michael Houser. It cut the deficit to 2-1 but it wasn't enough and the game would conclude with a loss.

The Comets were16-11-0-1 on the season. 

The team won Friday night in Rochester, 1-0. Evan Fitzpatrick turned away all 33 shots he faced. Curtis McKenzie scored in the second period for the game-winner in the one-goal game.


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