Lind fuels Comets over Devils

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NEWARK, NJ — Kole Lind stayed hot for the Utica Comets Saturday as the team won 6-5 in a shootout against the Binghamton Devils.

The Comets improved to 2-1 as they concluded a run of three road games to open the season. They’ll play their season opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Syracuse Crunch at the Utica Aud.

It took 65 minutes and four rounds in a shootout for Utica to get the win. The Comets led four times, but Binghamton answered them time and again.

Lind’s power play strike in the first — his third of the season — opened the scoring. He one timed a pass from Sam Anas to make it 1-0. Binghamton answered with a power play goal of their own six minutes later to tie it up.

The Comets got two goals in a row as Carson Focht scored his first professional goal and Lind tallied another on the power play. They took the 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

Binghamton scored twice in the first six minutes of the second to tie the game.

Utica grabbed the lead back when John Stevens scored a shorthanded goal on a rebound halfway through the second. Seven minutes later, the Devils tied it again.

In the third, Nolan Stevens gave the Comets a 5-4 lead by creating a turnover and beating Binghamton goalie Aaron Dell. With less than four minutes to play, Ben Street scored his second of the day to knot the score again.

Five minutes of overtime and the three-round shootout were not enough to determine a winner so the teams began to trade shootout attempts. Mitch Reinke beat Dell in the fourth round and the Utica goalie Jake Kielly stopped Brett Seney’s attempt to keep the game alive as Utica earned the shootout victory.

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