Friday, November 13, 2020
Utica Jr Comets (3-6-0-0) – 3
Rockets Hockey Club (12-2-0-0) – 7
It has been a rough start to the season for the Jr Comets Premier team. With COVID-19 restricting any hockey from being played in the New York the team is travelling out of state for every game. Yesterday afternoon they were in New Jersey to take on Rockets Hockey Club. The Rockets are 2nd in the Mid Atlantic Division and 5th overall in the entire 62 team Premier Conference. Utica is currently 8th in the division and 45th in the conference.
Anthony Morin opened the scoring for Utica 11:54 into the game. Andrew Manley gained possession of the puck following a neutral zone faceoff. As he was pressured from a Rockets player he fed a pass to the middle of the ice to Morin. Morin skated into the zone and fired a shot that found its way into the back of the net.
#USPHLPremier Update: Already a crazy start to the @RocketsHC vs. @UticaJrComets game, with Rockets up 3-2 after being down 2-0 - all within about 4:30 of time. Here is the opening goal from Anthony Morin, one of two straight from him. pic.twitter.com/jrjX5m5Bfc— USPHL (@USPHL) November 13, 2020
The Utica lead was doubled 49 seconds later on another goal from Morin. Tyson Rohrer and Manley assisted. The lead did not last long. Rockets Hockey Club stormed back scoring goals at 13:21, 13:31, and 16:22 to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
Morin picked up his third point of the night when he and Joshuwa Kalinowski assisted on a goal by Rohrer four and a half minutes in to the second period. The game remained tied for nearly six minute until two power-play goals at the 10:01 and 16:00 mark put the Rockets ahead 5-3 heading into the final twenty minutes.
The Comets did not fare much better in the third period giving up two goals in the first minute of the period. Anthony Lore finished with 35 saves on 42 shots and fell to 2-2-0-0 on the year. Utica only mustered 22 shots on goal.
The two teams will face-off again today at 2:15pm in Bridgewater, New Jersey.