By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.
The Utica Comets (8-9-3-1, 20 points, 7th place in the North Division) host the Bridgeport Islanders (14-6-5-0, 33 points, 3rd place in the Atlantic Division) at the Adirondack Bank Center on Friday night looking to snap an unusual three-game home losing streak. They’ll have to do it against a team they have defeated just one time in seven games over the past five seasons.
The 315 Hockey recap and observations from Wednesday night’s Utica Comets game: Utica Comets Lose to the Laval Rocket, Three Observations.
The Islanders are not only an improved team from last season, but they are also one of the best teams on the road in the AHL this season with ten points and a record of 6-1-4-0 away from home. Bridgeport has lost four of its last five games, but the four losses came on the road while the victory was a 5-2 drubbing of the Bruins in Providence on Sunday.
With the Comets attempting to break out of a losing streak, and the Islanders looking to continue their road dominance, let’s take a look at how the two teams match up against each other.
Utica Comets Team Offense
Goals For: 61 (30th in the AHL).
Goals For Per Game: 2.9 (25th in the AHL).
Shots Per Game: 29.1 (23rd in the AHL).
Power Play: 20.6% (14 for 68 – 15th in the AHL).
Bridgeport Islanders Team Offense
Goals For: 89 (3rd in the AHL).
Goals For Per Game: 3.6 (8th in the AHL).
Shots Per Game: 32.0 (11th in the AHL).
Power Play: 27.1% (23 for 85 – 4th in the AHL).
Utica Comets Top five Scorers
1.) Brian Pinho: 8 goals + 7 assists = 15 points.
2.) Graeme Clarke: 5 goals + 7 assists = 12 points.
3.) Reilly Walsh: 2 goals + 10 assists = 12 points.
4/5.) Nolan Foote (6 goals + 4 assists), Nolan Stevens (5 goals + 5 assists), Tyce Thompson (4 goals + 6 assists), Jack Dugan (3 goals + 7 assists), Simon Nemec (3 goals + 7 assists), and Ryan Schmelzer: 0 goals + 10 assists) all have 10 points each.
Bridgeport Islanders Top Five Scorers
1.) Chris Terry: 6 goals + 17 assists = 23 points.Terry is 12th in the AHL in assists.
2.) Andy Andreoff: 13 goals + 8 assists = 21 points. Andreoff is 7th in the AHL in goals and 6th in power-play goals.
3.) Samuel Bolduc: 4 goals + 16 assists = 20 points. Bolduc is 20th in the AHL in assists and 6th among defensemen in points.
4.) Ruslan Iskhakov: 7 goals + 12 assists = 19 points. Iskhakov is 3rd among rookies in points.
5.) Arnaud Durandeau: 4 goals + 12 assists = 16 points.
Andy Andreoff leads the Islanders in shots with 67, and power-play goals with 7.
Utica Comets Team Defense
Goals Against: 68 (11th in the AHL).
Goals Against Per Game: 3.2 (20th in the AHL).
Shots Allowed: 606.
Shots Allowed Per Game: 28.9 (6th in the AHL).
Penalty Kill: 75.8% (50 for 66 – 24th in the AHL).
Shorthanded Goals Scored: 3 (15the in the AHL).
Bridgeport Islanders Team Defense
Goals Against: 75 (16th in the AHL).
Goals Against Per Game: 3.0 (13th in the AHL).
Shots Allowed: 785.
Shots Allowed Per Game: 31.4 (22nd in the AHL).
Penalty Kill: 83.2% (84 for 101 – 9th in the AHL).
Shorthanded Goals Scored: 3 (9th in the AHL).
Utica Comets Goaltending
Nico Daws has a record of 5-6-1 with a GAA of 2.64, and a 0.905 save percentage. Daws is 20th in the AHL in GAA.
Mackenzie Blackwood has a record of 0-1-0 with a GAA of 4.09, and a 0.818 save percentage.
Issac Poulter has a record of 1-1-2 with a GAA of 4.35, and a 0.865 save percentage.
Bridgeport Islanders Goaltending
Cory Schneider has a record of 10-2-2 with a GAA of 2.40, and a 0.926 save percentage. Schneider is 3rd in the AHL in wins, 6th in save percentage, and 8th in GAA.
Jakub Skarek has a record of 4-4-3 with a GAA of 3.46, and a 0.883 save percentage.