Comets manage one AHL win during busy weekend


The Utica Comets won one and lost one on the road on Saturday and Sunday, first shutting out the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-0 and then falling to the Providence Bruins 3-1.

The Comets had opened the weekend with a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Friday at the Utica Aud.

In Hartford, Marek Mazanec made 21 saves against his former team.

Just over two minutes into the game, Jonah Gadjovich cleaned up a rebound off a shot by Lukas Jasek to beat goalie Adam Huska for his third of the year. They’d double their lead seven minutes later with a shorthanded goal when Reid Boucher stole the puck and set up Tom Pyatt for a wrist shot that found the back of the net.

Utica padded their lead at the midway point of the second period. Pyatt dished the puck to Zack MacEwen, whose shot was denied, but Cam Darcy crashed the goal and pounded the loose puck over the line for his 10th of the season.

MacEwen scored into an empty net to help snap the team’s four-game losing skid. 

On Sunday, Ivan Kulbakov made 23 saves after being recalled to the Comets the day before. Vincent Arseneau scored the team’s lone goal, but it wasn’t enough.

The Comets did take an early lead again. Stefan LeBlanc controlled the puck at the point and sent a pass to Wacey Hamilton, who fed Arseneau for a quick-strike wrister over the leg of goalie Zane McIntyre. It was Arseneau’s eighth of the season.

The Bruins used a four-minute power play to draw even in the second period. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson lifted a shot over the shoulder of Kulbakov for his sixth of the season.

Providence broke the 1-1 tie in the third period when Paul Carey scored at 7:13 through traffic.

The Bruins put the game away with an empty netter from Anton Blidh at the 18:23 mark.

The Comets are back at it Friday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Puck drop at the Utica Aud is at 7 p.m.

Sestito plays in OT loss

Roman Tom Sesito had one shot on goal but Toronto lost 4-3 in overtime on the road against the Binghamton Devils Saturday night.

Sestito has a goal and an assist in 12 games with the team since signing in mid-December.

The team has three regular season games left and has qualified for the playoffs.


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