UTICA — The Utica Comets got back to their winning ways Friday with a 4-3 AHL overtime win at home over the rival Syracuse Crunch, despite being outshot 34-20.
The visitors opened the scoring in the first when Gabriel Dumont beat Comets’ goalie Mareks Mitens at 13:21 to net the only goal by either side in the opening period.
Fabian Zetterlund corralled a loose puck and fired a shot between the pads of Crunch goalie Hugo Alnefelt less than a minute into the second frame to even the score at 1-1. Charles Hudon for the Crunch answered with his ninth of the season and then Nate Schnarr tipped a centering pass from Zetterlund over the outstretched glove of Alnefelt to make it 2-2 at 15:39. Syracuse ended the second with a long shot from the point that was tipped in by Otto Somppi, giving the Crunch the lead going into the second intermission.
Schnarr netted his second game-tying goal of the night to even it at 3-3 with 2:55 left in regulation. Zetterlund scored his second, and Schnarr combined with Reilly Walsh to assist the goal that gave Utica a 4-3 win.
The Comets are in action Saturday night at 7 on the road against the Crunch.
The team returns home on Saturday, Jan. 22, to face the Crunch again.
Utica is now 20-4-3 and first in the North Division.
Comets sign Ithaca native in goal
The Comets have signed goaltender Brandon Kasel of the Adirondack Thunder to a professional tryout contract.
The Comets also released goaltender David Tomeo from his amateur tryout contract.
Kasel, 25, hails from Ithaca, and played his collegiate career with Skidmore College. This season with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL, Kasel has played in five games with a record of 2-2-1 holding a .921 save percentage and a 2.42 goals against average. He attended Comets’ training camp before the start of the season. He played junior hockey for the Syracuse Stars which later became the Utica Junior Comets.