UTICA — The Utica Comets grabbed a 5-0 first period lead but it still took a goal from Lukas Jasek in overtime to give them a 6-5 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday night at the Utica Aud.
Justin Bailey recorded his second hat trick in three games, while Nikolay Goldobin and Brogan Rafferty chipped in a goal apiece. Michal DiPietro made 34 saves in the win.
Bailey scored 1:42 into the game, deflecting a point shot from Rafferty past Adam Huska on the power play. Three minutes later, Bailey scored on a breakaway to double the lead for Utica. At the 9:03 mark Reid Boucher picked off a pass and fed Goldobin who finished with a backhand to put the Comets up 3-0. Bailey completed the hat trick with 4:45 to play in the first when he deflected another shot from Rafferty on the power play. Utica continued the offensive outburst when Rafferty took a pass from Olli Juolevi and weaved through the defense for a shorthanded tally.
Vitali Kravtsov ended the scoring run with a shot that deflected off of DiPietro’s glove and into the goal 10 seconds into the second period. The Wolf Pack scored twice 26 seconds apart to cut Utica’s lead to 5-3 with 13 minutes to go in the middle frame.
Danny O’Regan brought Hartford within one 2:25 into the third period. Lettieri tied the game at five with 14.8 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
With 36 seconds to play in overtime, Jasek put home a rebound from a Rafferty shot to win the game.
The Comets return to the ice Friday for a rematch against the Wolf Pack. Puck drop at the Utica Aud is at 7 p.m.