The Utica Comets continued their struggles on the road in a 5-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch Sunday afternoon. They were supposed to travel for a road game against the Rochester Americans Monday but the AHL canceled the contest “out of an abundance of caution in accordance with league COVID-19 protocols.”
A make-up date has yet to be determined for the Monday game.
The team is now 12-8-1. The Comets have excelled on home ice, with an 8-1 record and five wins in a row. On the road, they’re 4-7-1.
The Crunch scored three first period goals to grab an early they never relinquished.
Crunch defenseman Chase Priskie got the scoring started at 7:11 of the first. Jimmy Huntington scored next it 10:14 made it 2-0. They added another goal on a two-on-one rush when Peter Abbandonato put home a rebound at 12:02.
Andreas Borgman scored at the 7:48 mark of the middle frame. The Comets got on the board when the Curtis McKenzie sent a pass to Carson Focht who shot it over the glove and in on Crunch goaltender Ryan Bednard at 12:44. At the conclusion of the period, the Comets were down 4-1.
Comets defenseman Josh Wesley cut the lead to 4-2 at 13:48 with his first goal of the season. The Crunch scored an empty net goal to finish off the 5-2 win.
With Monday’s game postponed, the Comets are set to host the Crunch at 7 p.m. both Wednesday and Friday this week at the Utica Aud.
Gadjovich called up
The Comets lost their top scorer this weekend when NHL parent club the Vancouver Canucks called up forward Jonah Gadjovich. He was leading the team in goals (15) and points (18).
The AHL suspended Utica forward Vincent Arsenea for four games as a consequence of a boarding incident in a game against Rochester on Apr. 30.