By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.
They say all good things must come to an end and that is exactly what happened to the Utica Comets on Friday night, as their twelve game points came streak came to an end with a 3-2 regulation loss to the Providence Bruins. During that points streak, the Comets rose from the bottom of the North Division and now find themselves in second place, just six points behind the division-leading Toronto Marlies.
There is no time to dwell on Friday night’s loss for Comets coach Kevin Dineen’s team however, as their trip through New England continues on Saturday night with a visit to the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut for their second and final game of the regular season against the Bridgeport Islanders. The Comets defeated the Islanders 5-2 in their meeting on December 16th at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Behind the Islander’s bench is former NHL defenseman Brent Thompson, who is also the father of Comet forward Tyce Thompson. The senior Thompson’s team has struggled mightily, picking up just three wins since the beginning of December. They did win on Friday night, however, and snapped an eleven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
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Even though the team has struggled as a whole, they do have a group of veterans that are enjoying fine individual seasons. Forwards Chris Terry and Andy Andreoff pace the Islanders on offense. Terry, a veteran of 718 AHL games, leads the team in points with thirty-five in just thirty-one games. Andreoff leads the team in goals with nineteen and is on pace to score the most goals in a single season of his career. Between the pipes, Cory Schneider returned on Friday night for the win over Lehigh Valley after being back in the NHL for nearly a month. Schneider is in the AHL top twenty this season in wins, GAA, and save percentage.
For the Comets, even though their points streak is over, another streak lives on. The team’s leading scorer has goals in his last two games and four in his last six games.
With the Comets looking to start another points streak, and the Islanders needing to string together some victories, let’s take a look at how the two teams match up against each other.
Utica Comets Records
- Overall Record: 18-10-5-1, 42 points – 2nd place in the North Division.
- Away Record: 8-6-3-0, 19 points.
- Head Coach: Kevin Dineen.
Bridgeport Islanders Records
- Overall Record: 15-14-6-1, 37 points – 6th place in the Atlantic Division.
- Home Record: 8-9-1-0, 17 points.
- Head Coach: Brent Thompson.
Utica Comets Team Offense
- Goals For: 111 (13th in the AHL).
- Goals Per Game: 3.26 (14th in the AHL).
- Shots: 1,004.
- Shots Per Game: 29.53 (22nd in the AHL).
- Power Play: 18.9% (20 for 106 – 20th in the AHL).
Bridgeport Islanders Team Offense
- Goals For: 121 (8th in the AHL).
- Goals Per Game: 3.36 (11th in the AHL).
- Shots: 1,162.
- Shots Per Game: 32.28 (6th in the AHL).
- Power Play: 24% (30 for 125 – 5th in the AHL).
Utica Comets Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders
1.) Graeme Clarke: 14 goals + 16 assists = 30 points.
2.) Nolan Stevens: 10 goals + 14 assists = 24 points.
3.) Andreas Johnsson: 6 goals + 14 assists = 20 points.
4.) Reilly Walsh: 3 goals + 16 assists = 19 points.
- Shots Leader: Graeme Clarke with 92.
- Game Winning Goals Leader: five are tied with two each.
Bridgeport Islanders Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders
1.) Chris Terry: 11 goals + 24 assists = 35 points.Terry is 8th in the AHL in assists and 15th in points.
2.) Andy Andreoff: 19 goals + 13 assists = 32 points. Andreoff is 5th in the AHL in goals.
3.) Ruslan Iskhakov: 8 goals + 17 assists = 25 points. Iskhakov is 7th among AHL rookies in points.
4.) Samuel Bolduc: 6 goals + 17 assists = 23 points. Bolduc is 5th among AHL defensemen in shots (92) and 6th among defensemen in points.
5.) William Dufour (12 goals + 11 assists) and Arnaud Durandeau (6 goals + 17 assists) = 23 points each.
- Shots Leader: Andy Andreoff with 98. Andreoff is 20th in the AHL in shots.
- Power Play Goals Leader: Andy Andreoff with eight. Andreoff is tied for 3rd in the AHL in power-play goals.
- Game Winning Goals Leader: Chris Terry with three.
- +/- Leader: Vincent Sevigny is a +5.
- PIM Leader: Seth Helgeson with 59. Helgeson is 17th in the AHL in PIM.
Utica Comets Team Defense
- Goals Against: 104 (12th in the AHL).
- Goals Against Per Game: 3.06 (13th in the AHL).
- Shots Allowed: 984.
- Shots Allowed Per Game: 28.94 (6th in the AHL).
- Penalty Kill: 78.1% (82 for 105 – 22nd in the AHL).
- Shorthanded Goals Scored: 4 (14th in the AHL).
Bridgeport Islanders Team Defense
- Goals Against: 128 (26th in the AHL).
- Goals Against Per Game: 3.56 (24th in the AHL).
- Shots Allowed: 1,141.
- Shots Allowed Per Game: 31.69 (27th in the AHL).
- Penalty Kill: 82.6% (114 for 138 – 10th in the AHL).
- Shorthanded Goals Scored: 5 (9th in the AHL).
Utica Comets Goaltending
- Nico Daws: Record: 10-7-1 / GAA: 2.69 / Save Percentage: 0.906 / Shutouts: 0. Daws is 11th in the AHL in wins.
- Akira Schmid: Record: 6-1-3 / GAA: 2.48 / Save Percentage: 0.904 / Shutouts: 0.
Bridgeport Islanders Goaltending
- Cory Schneider: Record: 11-3-2 / GAA: 2.53 / Save Percentage: 0.920 / Shutouts: 0. Schneider is 6th in the AHL in save percentage, 8th in wins, and 12th in GAA.
- Jakub Skarek: Record: 4-9-3 / GAA: 3.90 / Save Percentage: 0.874 / Shutouts: 0.
- Ken Appleby: Record: 0-2-2 / GAA: 3.94 / Save Percentage: 0.874 / Shutouts: 0.
Saturday night’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm EST. Radio coverage will be on 94.9 K-Rock and the television broadcast will be on AHLTV. For more information about the Utica Comets, including schedules and tickets, visit https://uticacomets.com.
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