Utica Comets at Rochester Americans Game Preview 12-09-2022

On Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY the Utica Comets (7-7-3-1, 18 pts, 6th place in the North Division) will meet the Rochester Americans (11-8-1-1, 24 pts, 2nd place in the North Division) for the fifth of ten times this regular season. Thus far, the teams have split the first four games, with the Comets winning the last game on November 18th in Rochester by a score of 3-2.

The Comets are returning to action after a six-day break. The last time they played on Saturday, December 3rd, they went into Belleville, Ontario, and scored a season-high seven goals in a win over the Senators. The victory was their second in the past five games and their fourth over their past ten.

Nolan Stevens and Tyler Wotherspoon enter Friday night’s game on two-game goal-scoring streaks each.

After a three-game winning streak around Thanksgiving, the Americans have cooled off. Over their past four games, Rochester has lost three of them, including a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday night.

The Americans have played three more games than the Comets so far this season, and six points separate the two teams in the standings. With a big potential four points swing on the line, let’s take a look at how the teams match up against each other.

Utica Comets Team Offense

Goals For: 53 (30th in the AHL).

Goals For Per Game: 2.9.

Power Play: 21.3% (13 for 61 – 14th in the AHL).

Rochester Americans Team Offense

Goals For: 68 (14th in the AHL).

Goals For Per Game: 3.2.

Power Play: 22.2% (16 for 72 – 10th in the AHL).

Utica Comets Top Five Scorers

1.) Brian Pinho: 8 goals + 6 assists = 14 points.

2.) Nolan Foote: 6 goals + 4 assists = 10 points.

3.) Jack Dugan: 3 goals + 7 assists = 10 points.

4.) Reilly Walsh: 2 goals + 8 assists = 10 points.

5.) Graeme Clark (4 goals + 5 assists), Tyce Thompson (3 goals + 6 assists+, and Ryan Schmelzer (0 goals + 9 assists) = 9 points each.

Graeme Clarke leads the Comets in shots with 47.

*Andreas Johnsson (3 goals + 10 assists = 13 points) is the second leading scorer on the Comets but is currently with the New Jersey Devils.

Rochester Americans Top Five Scorers

1.) Brett Murray: 9 goals + 6 assists = 15 points.

2.) Linus Weissbach: 8 goals + 7 assists = 15 points.

3.) Brandon Biro: 5 goals + 10 assists = 15 points.

4.) Jiri Kulich: 5 goals + 9 assists = 14 points.

5.) Lukas Rousek (4 goals + 10 assists) and Isak Rosen (3 goals + 11 assists) = 14 points each.

Jiri Kulich leads the Americans in shots with 53.

Utica Comets Team Defense

Goals Against: 56 (8th in the AHL).

Goals Against Per Game: 3.1.

Penalty Kill: 74.1% (40 for 54 – 26th in the AHL).

Rochester Americans Team Defense

Goals Against: 73 (26th in the AHL).

Goals Against Per Game: 3.5.

Penalty Kill: 73.0% (46 for 63 – 28th in the AHL).

Utica Comets Goaltending

Nico Daws has a record of 4-5-1 with a GAA of 2.57, and a 0.908 save percentage. Daws is 16th in the AHL in GAA.

Issac Poulter has a record of 1-1-2 with a GAA of 4.35, and a 0.865 save percentage.

Rochester Americans Goaltending

Michael Houser has a record of 3-3-0 with a GAA of 3.19, and a 0.900 save percentage.

Malcolm Subban has a record of 2-2-0 with a GAA of 3.74, and a 0.874 save percentage.

*Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has a record of 6-3-0 with a GAA of 3.07, and a 0.898 save percentage for Rochester this season but is currently with the Buffalo Sabres.

Friday night’s game at the Blue Cross Arena 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 Utica Comets hockey, including schedules and ticketing, visit https://uticacomets.com.

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