AHL Weekend Wrap-Up (11/12/18)

AHL Weekend WrapUp

American Hockey League

Friday, November 9th

Utica Comets (6-7-1-0) – 4
Hartford Wolfpack (5-8-1-2) – 3

It took a shootout, but the Utica Comets completed the comeback to earn a 4-3 victory Friday night at home. It was only their second home win of the season thus far. Both teams ended the first period without being able to find the back of the net. Zack MacEwen broke the scoreless tie 7:29 into the second period when he ripped one blocker side past Marek Mazanec.

Hartford would go on to score the next three goals to close out the period with a 3-1 lead. Things were starting to look pretty grim for the Comets until Lukas Jasek found himself all alone in the slot. A behind the net pass from Tanner MacMaster deflected off a Hartford defenseman right to Jasek who buried it to bring Utica within one with 5 minutes to play.

Jonah Gadjovich tied the game up with 1:30 left in the third. Overtime did not decide anything so the game was off to a shootout! Ivan Kublakov stopped both Hartford shooter and Jonathan Dahlen and Michael Carcone both scored for Utica giving them the win.

BOX SCORE

Syracuse Crunch (6-8-0-1) – 2
Rochester Americans (10-3-1-0) – 3

Syracuse battled back to tie the game twice before ultimately falling in overtime. Rochester opened the scoring on a Justin Bailey goal 13 minutes into the middle period. Taylor Raddysh tied the game on a goal assisted by Ross Colton and Carter Verhaeghe less than 2 minutes into the third. The Americans took the lead again 6 minutes later. It looked like the Americans were going to escape with a win until Cory Conacher blasted home the game tying goal with less than 1 second left from the bottom of the face-off circle.

Unfortunately, Rochester was able to win this one in overtime on a goal from Zach Redmond.

BOX SCORE

Saturday, November 10th

Utica Comets (6-8-1-0) – 1
Binghamton Devils (7-6-2-0) – 5

Binghamton scored 3 goals on 11 shots in the first 7:29 of the game which chased Kublakov from the crease. Connor LaCouvee came in and immediately let up a goal which put the Devils ahead 4-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. Jasek was able to get one back before the end of the period to cut the deficit down to 4-1. Binghamton added another in the second to go ahead 5-1 which would end up being the final.

LaCouvee stopped 19 of 21 in 52 minutes of action. It was his first American Hockey League appearance and only fourth professional appearance of his career. LaCouvee signed a PTO with the Comets after Richard Bachman was recalled by Vancouver. Before joining the Comets LaCouvee appeared in 3 games with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL where he recorded a 2.57 goals against average and .929 save percentage.

BOX SCORE

Next up for the Comets is a trip to Belleville, ON to take on the Senators before returning home Friday for a game against the Syracuse Crunch. Utica then travels to Hartford Saturday night for a rematch against the Wolfpack.

Syracuse Crunch (5-5-1-0) – 7
Hershey Bears (7-8-0-1) – 2

Syracuse held Hershey to only 19 shots and went 4-for-5 on the power-play in a dominating win. The Crunch scored three goals in the first period thanks to Verhaeghe and power-play markers from Erik Cernak and Conacher.

Raddysh added another power-play goal halfway through the second followed by a fifth unanswered goal courtesy of Andy Andreoff.

The Bears scored two power-play goals of their own to end the period with the Crunch holding a 5-2 advantage. Cameron Gaunce scored another power-play goal assisted by Ben Thomas and Alex Barre-Boulet halfway through the third. With about 5 minutes remaining in the game Alexander Volkov joined the party scoring his third of the season with Thomas assisting on this one as well.

BOX SCORE

Syracuse hosts Binghamton Wednesday night at 7:00pm. They then travel to Utica Friday night before hosting Laval at the War Memorial Saturday.

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