AHL Weekend Wrap-Up (12/3/18)

AHL Weekend WrapUp

American Hockey League

Utica Comets

Friday, November 30th

Utica Comets (9-12-1-1) – 2
Belleville Senators (10-11-1-0) – 4

A three-goal third period from the Senators pushed them over the Comets Friday night in Ontario. After starting the 2nd period down 1-0 the Comets Tanner Kero scored his seventh of the season assisted by Reid Boucher and Zack MacEwen to tie the game 15 minutes through the period. Two minutes later Tony Cameranesi scored his first of the season to put the Comets ahead 2-1. Michael Carcone and Lukas Jasek assisted.

The third period was all Belleville as they put in two goals three minutes apart to move ahead 3-2. They added an empty netter with 35 seconds left to seal the victory. Thatcher Demko stopped 29 of 32 Senators shots.


Saturday, December 1st

Utica Comets (10-12-1-1) – 5
Laval Rocket (8-13-2-1) – 4

Utica went 3-for-6 on the power-play while Richard Bachman made 29 saves over divisional foe Laval. Utica lead 1-0 after the first period thanks to a Tanner Kero power-play goal assisted by Evan McEneny and Tanner MacMaster. Laval tied the game at one only a minute and a half into the second period. Darren Archibald regained the lead seven minutes later on the second power-play goal of the night assisted by Michael Carcone and McEneny. Laval would tie it up once again before Zack MacEwen fired a shot that found the back of the net giving Utica a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Early in the third Laval tied things up again when Hunter Shinkaruk was able to beat Bachman. The tie lasted until the 11:08 mark when McEneny and Brendan Gaunce scored two minutes apart to go ahead 5-3.

Just over a minute later that lead was reduced to 5-4 thanks to a Laval goal and that was how the game would end.


Utica travel to Rochester for a 7:05pm start on Wednesday night before hosting Springfield Friday at 7:00pm. The Comets are back on the road Saturday when they travel to Binghamton for a 7:05pm start.

Syracuse Crunch

Friday, November 30th

Syracuse Crunch (11-5-2-0) – 3
Cleveland Monsters (11-7-3-0) – 4

The Crunch had their winning streak snapped at 8 games Friday night at the War Memorial in Syracuse. However, they still earned one-point with the game being decided in overtime.

Carter Verhaeghe scored just under five minutes into the game to put Syracuse ahead 1-0. Assisting on the opening goal were Michael Bournival and Hubert Laurie. Cleveland responded by popping in two goals of their own to go ahead 2-1, but Syracuse and their league leading power-play was able to tie it up before intermission. Andy Andreoff scored with 1:30 left in the period assisted by Verhaeghe and Alex Barre-Boulet.

The power-play was back at it again in the second period when Barre-Boulet scored three minutes into the period to regain the lead for the Crunch. Andreoff and Cory Conacher assisted on that goal.

Cleveland tied the game at 3-3 midway through the third when ex-Utica Comet Adam Clendening found the back of the net. Kole Sherwood scored in the extra period earning the victory for the visitors. Eddie Pasquale who was just reassigned from Tampa Bay stopped 34 shots in the loss.


Saturday, December 1st

Syracuse Crunch (12-5-2-0) – 5
Cleveland Monsters (11-8-3-0) – 3

Despite being outshot 38-28 the Syracuse Crunch used a three-goal first period to help them defeat the Monsters in the back end of a home-and-home series. Dennis Yan scored a goal only 1:49 into the game assisted by Cameron Gaunce and Ross Colton to give Syracuse an early 1-0 lead.

Cleveland quickly tied thins up less than a minute later before Syracuse would pound home two more from Taylor Raddysh and another from Yan. Cleveland cut the lead to 3-2 before the end of the period.

Boris Katchouk regained the two-goal lead for the visitors scoring the only goal of the second period 3:16 in. It was the league-leading sixth short-handed goal for Syracuse. Cleveland battled hard in the third getting back within one halfway through the final period. Cory Conacher added an empty net insurance marker with 29 seconds left ensuring the 5-3 victory. Eddie Pasquale made 35 saves.


Syracuse is home for a pair of games this weekend against inner-state rivals Binghamton Friday and Rochester Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm both nights.

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