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Comets Calder Cup Run: Utica looks to rebound after falling in quadruple overtime to the Oklahoma City Barons

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The Comets will look to bounce back in tonight's Game 2 match of the Wester Conference semifinals of the Calder Cup when they host the Barons at 7 PM EST at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Courtesy of the UticaComets.com

Courtesy of the UticaComets.com

When it was all said and done with, the Utica Comets and Oklahoma City Barons engaged in the sixth-longest American Hockey League game in the 79-year history of the league.

Curtis Hamilton (son of Kelowna Rockets Owner Bruce Hamilton) scored sixteen seconds into the fourth overtime frame to give the Barons a 1-0 lead over the Comets in the best-of-seven series.

The sellout crowd of 3835 fans in attendance at the Utica Memorial Auditorium were occupied until quarter after midnight local time in a game that ended up spanning for five hours and fourteen minutes.

Game 1 matched the same amount of time the Comets and Barons  played in their two regular season matches.; the Barons and Comets split the season series 1-1.

Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom was sensational posting 65 saves in over 120:00 minutes of action. Barons goalie Richard Bachman finished with 56 saves in the winning effort. Marsktrom set a record with the most amount of saves ever recorded in any playoff game at The Aud and set his own personal record save record, topping his 49 save output back on December 30, 2012

The two teams combined for 124 shots total, with Oklahoma outshooting Utica 57-55.

Utica got on the board first at 17:10 of the first period when Kent Huskins (1-1-2) wisely skated in the slot and converted on a backhand feed from Darren Archibald (1-2-3). Huskins had 1 goal in 52 regular season games with the Comets and hadn't scored an AHL playoff goal in 9 years before he won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks.

Oklahoma City would respond four minutes into the 2nd period as Matthew Ford connected with Kellen Jones at the Utica blueline. Jones was able to spring behind all the Comets defenders and went backhand forehand on Markstrom to give him his 2nd playoff tally.

Then the goaltenders took over.

Sven Baertschi continued his strong playoff performance with multiple glorious chances to put the Comets in the lead and end the game in overtime periods, but Richard Bachman would ultimately get the last laugh. Bachman ended up going 102:50 without letting in a goal after surrendering the Huskins goal in the first period. Markstrom went 96:03 of goalless play before Hamilton scored the sudden death winner. Bachman and Markstrom were perfect on five combined overtime power plays.

Bachman improved his save percentage to a dazzling .984 in four playoff games.

The next goal didn't come until another full sixty minutes had passed, when Hamilton intercepted a bad clearing attempt by Brandon DeFazio and potted in the game winner 16 seconds into the fourth overtime period.

The Barons remained perfect in the playoffs improving their record to 4-0 and are now 3-0 in overtime games in the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs. The Comets may want to finish Game 2 in regulation as Oklahoma City set an AHL record with 14 regular season victories. This marked the fourth time in history that the Barons had beat Markstrom in a playoff overtime game.

Captain Cal O'Reilly told the Utica Observer-Dispatch that rest will be the biggest factor heading into tonight's Game 2 match.

"Sleep. Sleep is the biggest thing and doing what you need to do to get ready for tomorrow."

AHL Game #K-1
Oklahoma City 2 at  Utica 1
Utica Memorial Auditorium
May 7, 2015

Three Stars:
1. OKC - R. Bachman
2. UTI - J. Markstrom
3. OKC - C. Hamilton

Game Start:

7:02 PM EDT

Game End: 12:14 AM
Game Length: 5:12
Attendance: 3835


SCORING 1 2 3 OT 2OT 3OT 4OT T
Oklahoma City 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Utica 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
SHOTS 1 2 3 OT 2OT 3OT 4OT T
Oklahoma City 14 14 12 8 6 11 2 67
Utica 7 13 10 11 11 5 0 57
PP PIM PTS
Oklahoma City 0 / 3 12 min / 6 inf 2 G + 3 A = 5 Pts
Utica 0 / 5 8 min / 4 inf 1 G + 2 A = 3 Pts


V-H # Per Team Time Goals Assists Type On Ice (+/-)
0 - 1 1 1st UTI 17:10 K. Huskins (1) D. Archibald, B. DeFazio V 3 14 17 29 37 H 14 24 25 29 44
1 - 1 2 2nd OKC 4:13 K. Jones (2) M. Ford, M. Marincin V 11 15 20 28 36 H 2 3 9 16 28
2 - 1 3 4th OT OKC 0:16 C. Hamilton (1) J. Williams V 3 10 12 19 29 H 2 3 14 24 47


OKLAHOMA CITY ROSTER
No Name G A +/- Sh PIM
G 31 L. Brossoit 0 0 0 0 0
G 32 R. Bachman 0 0 0 0 0
D 3 B. Davidson 0 0 0 3 4
D 6 D. Musil 0 0 0 3 2
C 7 J. Khaira 0 0 0 2 2
LW 8 B. Winchester 0 0 0 2 0
LW 10 C. Hamilton 1 0 +1 5 0
RW 11 M. Ford 0 1 +1 4 2
LW 12 R. Hamilton 0 0 +1 3 0
C 14 C. Stretch 0 0 -1 4 0
D 15 J. Oesterle 0 0 +1 3 2
RW 17 A. Miller 0 0 -1 8 0
D 18 D. Simpson 0 0 0 1 0
C 19 J. Williams 0 1 +1 2 0
C 20 C. Jones 0 0 +1 4 0
LW 27 M. Moroz 0 0 0 2 0
D 28 M. Marincin 0 1 +1 7 0
D 29 B. Hunt 0 0 0 5 0
LW 36 K. Jones 1 0 +1 5 0
LW 37 J. Winquist 0 0 -1 4 0
Team:
Totals: 2 3 5 67 12
OKLAHOMA CITY GOALIES
No Name Min SH SVS GA
32 R. Bachman (W) 120:16 57 56 1
Totals: 120:16 57 56 1
UTICA ROSTER
No Name G A +/- Sh PIM
G 30 J. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 0
G 33 J. Markstrom 0 0 0 0 0
D 2 T. Ehrhardt 0 0 -2 1 0
D 3 A. Biega 0 0 -2 3 0
D 6 B. Sanguinetti 0 0 0 3 0
C 8 A. Friesen 0 0 0 3 0
LW 9 H. Shinkaruk 0 0 -1 4 0
LW 10 B. Gaunce 0 0 0 6 0
C 14 M. Zalewski 0 0 0 1 0
C 16 C. O'Reilly 0 0 -1 2 0
RW 24 B. DeFazio 0 1 0 3 2
LW 25 D. Archibald 0 1 +1 0 0
D 26 F. Corrado 0 0 0 4 2
RW 28 A. Grenier 0 0 -1 5 0
D 29 K. Huskins 1 0 +1 6 0
RW 34 C. Bancks 0 0 0 3 0
C 36 W. Hamilton 0 0 0 3 2
D 44 A. Clendening 0 0 +1 1 2
LW 47 S. Baertschi 0 0 -1 5 0
LW 89 C. Conacher 0 0 0 4 0
Team:
Totals: 1 2 -5 57 8
UTICA GOALIES
No Name Min SH SVS GA
33 J. Markstrom (L) 120:16 67 65 2
Totals: 120:16 67 65 2
PENALTIES
P T Player M Offense Time
1st V J. Oesterle 2.00 Delay of game 10:52
2nd H F. Corrado 2.00 Cross-checking 0:59
2nd V D. Musil 2.00 Elbowing 11:12
3rd V B. Davidson 2.00 Roughing 6:39
3rd H B. DeFazio 2.00 Roughing 6:39
OT H A. Clendening 2.00 Interference 6:13
2nd OT V J. Khaira 2.00 Delay of game - Faceoff violation (76.4) 6:10
2nd OT V M. Ford 2.00 Hooking 17:14
3rd OT V B. Davidson 2.00 High-sticking 9:22
3rd OT H W. Hamilton 2.00 Tripping 11:56

The Comets will likely be without the services of Darren Archibald for Game 2. Archibald left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. Alex Grenier didn't play the overtime period with cramping issues.

It's unlikely that Virtanen, McCann or LaBate will draw into Archibald's spot for Game 2. Nicklas Jensen is destined to find his way back into the Comets lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 1. Travis Green told Brendan Burke in an intermission interview that he wants to see more of Virtanen and McCann in practice first before he even considers throwing them into the fray of the American League playoffs. Green also mentioned that it wouldn't be fair to veterans whom worked their tails off to get the Comets to where they are.

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