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AHL Playoffs Game 2- Utica Comets @ Toronto Marlies

The Comets look to rebound after dropping Game 1 in OT to the Marlies

Utica Comets


4:00 PM EDT/ 1:00 PDT

Ricoh Center, Toronto, ON

TV: AHL Live Radio: Utica / Toronto

The task for the Comets heading into this series was a monumental one: Take down the AHL’s top team in the Toronto Marlies. No biggie, right? And while their games at the start of the year went the Marlies way, the Comets managed to take a few along the way, and it was Thatcher Demko in net when they did. The Canucks future #1 was solid again yesterday but it wasn’t enough as the Marlies got a Chris Meuller PPG late in OT for a 3-2 victory.

After Demko and Garret Sparks kept the game scoreless through the first, Jeremy Bracco opened the scoring for Toronto. That would hold til the 3rd when Zack MacEwan would get a PPG and tie it for the Comets. The Marlies would retake the lead a minute later on a goal from Justin Holl, but Michael Chaput, set up by Nikolay Goldobin scored with Demko on the bench at 19:25 of the 3rd to send it into OT. Demko stopped 44 of 47 Marlies shots, while Sparks stopped 32 of 34 for the victory.

Overall an encouraging sign that for a 15th place team, the Comets aren’t a pushover and they’re going to make the Marlies earn 3 victories against them. Nice to see the combination of Chaput and Goldobin clicking as it has all season when Goldy’s not been up with the Canucks.

There was also some news yesterday as the Canucks signed Lukas Jasek to a 3 year entry level deal. It was a little surprising that Head Coach Trent Cull chose to sit Jonathan Dahlen and Kole Lind in favour of Vincent Arsenault, who is currently on a PTO with the Comets. Known mostly as an enforcer-type in the ECHL, you have to wonder if Cull decides to slot Dahlen back in, who was impressive in his AHL debut since coming over from Sweden a couple weeks ago.