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GAME DAY THREAD: Utica @ Syracuse

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Thatcher Demko was lights out for the Comets as they picked up their first win of the season in Rochester.


Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, 7:00 p.m

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A lot of the focus is trained on Thatcher Demko this season, as the Canucks’ goaltending prospect continues his development at the AHL level. After a couple close losses last weekend in Toronto, the Comets picked up their first win of the 2017-18 campaign with a 2-0 win in Rochester against the Americans.

Demko stopped all 33 shots he faced in the shutout win, and the Comets got what would prove to be the game winner from Nikolay Goldobin just 47 seconds into the game. The insurance marker came from Patrick Wiercioch (who may soon be getting called up with the news today that the Canucks have lost Alex Edler for 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL).

One of the other bright spots for the Comets so far this season has been the offensive output from Reid Boucher. His 5 assists leads the AHL, and he`s currently tied for 3rd in league scoring. Brendan Woods. who was signed a PTO with the team had an immediate impact, picking up an assist and had 5 minutes in penalties last night. Woods was a college teammate of Joe La Bate, and his father Bob was a teammate of Comets Director Of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher when the two played for the Utica Devils in the late 80`s-early 90`s.

The Crunch are coming off an eventful 4-2 win over the Belleville Senators last night, as things went a lil haywire after a Syracuse ENG with just under a minute left in the 3rd as the penalty summary shows us:

You would think there`s some suspensions coming from that one. The Comets will have their hands full with last year`s Calder Cup Finalists. Like the Comets, the Crunch picked up their first win of the season last night. Michael Leighton got the win for Syracuse, and rookie Dennis Yan scored twice.