The Utica Jr. Comets traveled south to Philadelphia over the weekend for another three-game series. Philly jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period and extended that lead to 3-0 by the time 40 minutes were played.
Utica’s Domenick Evtimov and Chris Throndson dropped the gloves 3:31 into the third period and appeared to have been the spark Utica needed. Utica received an extra penalty during the fracas, but that didn’t seem to matter. Dhillon Wilde scored only 11 seconds later to get Utica on the board. Owen Carlile and Luke French picked up assists. French picked up another assist along with Jesse Galassi on a John Gutt goal at the 15:56 mark. Galassi scored a goal of his own 30 seconds later to tie the game at three.
Unfortunately the rally would end there as Philadelphia scored halfway through the extra period to grab the win. Sebastian Woods was in goal and made 33 saves for Utica.
The Jr. Comets got back in the win column on Saturday thanks to a hat-trick from Wilde. He potted goals 44 seconds into the first and 4:47 into the second before capping off the trick at the 12:51 mark of the second. Medrick Bolduc added a tally at 13:02 giving Utica a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
PHC came out flying in the third and scored three goals in the first ten minutes to tie the game 4-4. Jake Stapert regained the Utica lead at 15:48 of the period with an assist going to Sam Techel. Techel added an empty net insurance marker at 19:01 assisted by Galassi. Philadelphia scored their 5th goal with 6 seconds remaining. Woods was in goal again for Utica and finished with 37 saves.
The two teams battled one more time on Sunday in another nail biter. Philadelphia scored only 24 seconds into the game that stood as the only goal of the period. Dennis-Mitchell Floccare scored his first goal of the season for Utica at the 11:56 mark of the second to tie the game 1-1.
The teams ended regulation even at two goals a piece. Evtimov sealed the victory with a power-play goal improving Utica’s record to 5-0-1 on the season.
Utica is on the road again this weekend to face-off against the Connecticut Junior Rangers at Chelsea Piers on Friday and Saturday.