UTICA — The Comets surrendered five consecutive goals and fell 5-3 to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the Utica Aud.
Tanner Kero, Jesse Graham and Carter Bancks scored for Utica. Marek Mazanec stopped five of eight shots before being pulled in favor of Michael Leighton.
Kero got the Comets on the board on halfway through the first period after a set-up in the slot from Cam Darcy. Graham also tallied an assist. Bobby Butler tied the game two minutes later with a shorthanded goal.
Mazanec was taken out after surrounding goals on a breakaway and then a power play. Leighton gave one up later in the period.
Gropp scored his second of the night before Graham ended the scoring run with a wrister through traffic with 6:32 to play. Brandon Anselmini and Darcy had the assists. Bancks brought the Comets back within two with a shorthanded goal three minutes later. Stefan LeBlanc and Brendan Gaunce picked up the assists.
The Comets return to the ice Wednesday night to battle the Belleville Senators. Puck drop at CAA Arena is at 7 p.m.
Ice time for Sestito
Rome’s Tom Sestito suited up for the Toronto Marlies for Sunday’s 4-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Sestito had a minus-1 plus-minus rating. He has a goal and an assist in nine games for the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.