Utica Comets vs Providence Bruins Game Preview 11-02-2022


By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

For the second time in under two weeks, the Utica Comets (2-3-0-0, 4 pts, seventh place in the North Division) will face the Providence Bruins (5-1-1-1, 12 pts, third place in the Atlantic Division). The first matchup was in Providence on October 22nd, a game which the Bruins won by a score of 2-1. Wednesday night’s contest will be played at the Adirondack Bank Center, and it will be the second of six meetings between the two clubs during the regular season. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm EDT.

While they are still trying to find some consistency on offense, the Comets have been fantastic on the defensive side of their game. Through their first five games played, they have only given up an average of 2.2 goals per game. A major reason for this is goaltenders Akira Schmid and Nico Daws have maintained the form that made them one of the best goaltending tandems in the American Hockey League last season. Utica lost to the Toronto Marlies by a score of 2-1 in their last game played.

The Bruins are off to a great start this season, as they have won five of their first eight games. The defense has been a big strength for this team thus far this season, as through those first eight games they are giving up on average only 2.38 goals per game. Providence lost their last game to the Springfield Thunderbirds by a score of 3-2 in the shootout.

With a midweek game looming between the Utica Comets and Providence Bruins, here’s how the teams stack up against each other.

Utica Comets Team Offense

Goals for: 13 (31st in the AHL).

Goals per game (average): 2.6

Power play: 18.2% (4 for 22/ 22nd in the AHL).

Utica Comets Top Five Scorers

1.) Brian Pinho: 3 goals and 2 assists = 5 points.

2.) Tyce Thompson: 2 goals and 2 assists = 4 points.

3.) Jack Dugan: 1 goal and 3 assists = 4 points.

4.) Graeme Clarke: 1 goal and 2 assists = 3 points.

5.) Reilly Walsh: 1 goal and 2 assists = 3 points.

Leading the Comets in shots is Graeme Clarke with twenty-seven. Andreas Johnsson (1 goal and 5 assists = 6 points) actually leads the Comets in points, but he is currently with the New Jersey Devils.

Utica Comets Team Defense

    Goals against: 11 (1st in the AHL).

    Goals against per game (average): 2.2

    Penalty kill: 70.6% (12 for 17/ 29th in the AHL).

    Utica Comets Goaltending

    Akira Schmid has a record of 2-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA and a 0.928 save percentage. He is second in the AHL in GAA, and thirteenth in save percentage.

    Nico Daws has a record of 0-2-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a 0.934 save percentage. He is sixth in the AHL in GAA and eleventh in save percentage.

    Providence Bruins Team Offense

    Goals for: 22 (17th in the AHL).

    Goals for per game (average): 2.75

    Power play: 17.1% (7 for 41/ 23rd in the AHL).

    Providence Bruins Top Five Scorers

    1.) Vinni Lettieri: 5 goals and 4 assists = 9 points. He is twelfth in the AHL in goals scored.

    2.) Fabian Lysell: 2 goals and 7 assists = 9 points. He is eighth in the AHL in assists.

    3.) Georgii Merkulov: 4 goals and 4 assists = 8 points.

    4.) Luke Toporowski: 3 goals and 4 assists = 7 points.

    5.) Joona Koppanen: 1 goal and 5 assists = 6 points.

    Jack Ahcan leads the Bruins in shots with twenty-seven.

    Providence Bruins Team Defense

    Goals against: 19 (9th in the AHL).

    Goals against per game (average): 2.38

    Penalty kill: 84.4% (27 for 32/ 7th in the AHL).

    Providence Bruins Goaltending

    Kyle Keyser has a record of 3-0-1 with a 1.71 GAA and a 0.941 save percentage. He is sixth in the AHL in wins, fourth in GAA, and fifth in save percentage.

    Keith Kinkaid has a record of 2-1-1 with a 2.70 GAA and a 0.922 save percentage. He is nineteenth in the AHL in save percentage.

    Radio coverage for Wednesday night’s game begins at 6:45 with the pregame show at 6:45 on 94.9 K-Rock (WKLL), and the television broadcast begins at 7:00 on AHLTV. For more information about the Utica Comets, including ticketing and schedules, visit https://uticacomets.com.

    This episode of 315 Hockey Live features Utica Jr. Comets NCDC Head Coach Louis Educate! We’ll talk about the overall Jr Comets program, the USPHL, Louie’s hockey background, his decision to become a coach, discussions with referees, and much more!

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