UTICA — The Utica Comets fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night at the Utica Aud.
Guillaume Brisebois, Jonah Gadjovich, Justin Bailey and Reid Boucher scored for Utica. Zane McIntyre made 33 saves in the loss.
Brisebois got the scoring started with four minutes to go in the opening frame with a shot from the point off a faceoff. Carter Camper had the assist. Bridgeport answered 2:28 later with a goal from Matt Lorito after a turnover in the Comets defensive zone.
Nick Schilkey gave Bridgeport its first lead of the night three minutes into the second period. Gadjovich tied things up again three minutes later with a blast from the right circle on the power play. Olli Juolevi and Francis Perron picked up the helpers. The see-saw battle swung back to Bridgeport when Grant Hutton put the Sound Tigers back on top at the 12:15 mark of the middle frame. Then Bailey tied the game with 52 seconds remaining in the second, firing a wrister past Bridgeport goalie Jared Coreau. Camper and Kole Lind registered the assists on the goal.
Kieffer Bellows put Bridgeport ahead 4-3 just under seven minutes into the third, but Boucher answered back with a one-timer from the slot. Sven Baertschi picked up the assist. Neither team found the net in the final 12 minutes and the game would head to overtime.
In the extra period neither team could score and they moved on to the shootout. There Oliver Wahlstrom scored the lone goal to give Bridgeport the win.
The Comets are back at it tonight against the Providence Bruins at 7:05 p.m. on the road.