Comets sweep weekend road series with Checkers


The Comets were able to beat the Charlotte Checkers twice on the road during a two-game swing through North Carolina this weekend, the Comet recovered from their first loss of the season with a 1-0 win Saturday then won the second game 5-2.

Saturday, the lone goal of the game came on a five-on-three power play by the Comets in the second period. Alexander Holtz set up Fabian Zetterlund for the one-timer that found its way past Charlotte goalie Joey Daccord to make it a 1-0 game at 7:46 of the period.

Comets netminder Akira Schmid stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first professional shutout.

Sunday, Samuel Laberge scored his first and second goals as a Comet to power the team to another win.

In the first period, Marian Studenic took the feed from Holtz and slid the puck past Charlotte netminder Christopher Gibson at 5:06. The Comets added to their total when Laberge stopped at the net and batted in a bouncing puck at 15:19. Aarne Talvitie and Holtz added assists. Charlotte sliced the Comets lead in half after a breakaway goal by Cole Schwindt at 18:14.

In the second period, the Checkers tied the game on the power play when Alex True located a rebound off the pad of Utica goalie Nico Daws and sent it home at 5:45 tying the contest at 2-2. The Comets reacquired a one-goal lead after Zetterlund sent the puck around the defense of the Checkers and right to the stick of AJ Greer who fired it blocker side and in at 10:43. With that, the Comets lead 3-2.

In the final period of regulation, the Comets kept the scoring going. This time it was Nathan Schnarr who deposited a loose puck into the Checkers net as assisted by Laberge at 2:51. This was followed by another Laberge goal as he drove the crease, took a pass from Greer and fired it short side and in at 6:27 giving the Comets a 5-2 lead.

Daws stopped 16 shots to earn the win in net.

Utica (15-1) now leads the North Division by seven points over the Cleveland Monsters.

The Comets are back in action on Wednesday at home against the Belleville Senators at 7.


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