Comets earn payback against AHL rival Crunch

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The Utica Comets avenged an overtime loss to the Syracuse Crunch last weekend with a 4-1 AHL win in Syracuse Friday.

Utica winger Alex Holtz started the scoring when he fired a one-timer set up by Aarne Talvitie at 1:52. The puck beat Syracuse goalie Huge Alnefelt and gave the Comets a 1-0 lead.

Akira Schmid, who stepped on the ice for the Comets for his first AHL game since early December, made 11 saves in the first period.

The Comets scored to extend their lead while on the power play during the second period. Nolan Foote fired home a rebound for his sixth goal of the season to put the Comets up 2-0 at 6:47. Fabian Zetterlund finished a give-and-go with Foote at 16:08, giving him sole possession of the team lead in goals with 12 on the season. 

In the final period, Nate Schnarr deposited an empty net goal at 15:12 which tied him with Zetterlund for the team lead in goals. The Crunch got a goal from Sean Day to end Schmid’s shutout bid at 17:46.

Schmid ended the game as the number one star making 34 saves on 35 shots.

Utica is now 21-5-4 this season and in first place in the North Division. The Comets host the Syracuse Crunch at 7 tonight.

Two transactions

The Comets recalled forward Tyler Irvine from the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL and loaned forward Patrick McGrath to Adirondack. 

Irvine, 25, skated in seven games previously for the Comets scoring one goal and two assists during that time. This season with Adirondack, in 22 games played, he has 12 goals and 11 assists. He leads Adirondack in goals and points this season. 

McGrath, 28, has played in 12 games for the Comets this season without registering a point. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa., native skated last season with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. 

Bruins game rescheduled

The Comets’ home game against the Providence Bruins originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26, will now take place one day earlier on Tuesday, Jan 25.

The game will remain a 7 p.m. puck drop inside the Adirondack Bank Center. Tickets purchased for Wednesday’s game will be valid for Tuesday night. Single game ticket buyers will also be able to exchange their tickets for a voucher for a future game if they cannot attend. The box office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, if fans have any questions or would like to exchange their ticket they can call 315-790-9070.

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