After winning the first two games to start their season, the Utica Junior Comets Premier Team had an opportunity to make it three straight on Sunday. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as they fell by a score of 4-0 to the Connecticut Junior Rangers in the final game of their three-game series at the Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut.
Both goaltenders faced a barrage of shots throughout the game, with Utica’s Cameron Manley facing sixteen and Connecticut’s Jacob Tinson facing eighteen in the first period alone. It was the Junior Rangers who would capitalize on their plethora of shots when Jack Berges scored with five and a half minutes remaining in the period to give his team a 1-0 lead. They would add to their lead two minutes later when Joona Juntunen scored his first goal of the season to give the home team a two-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
The goaltenders were under siege once again in the second period, as they faced a combined total of thirty-four shots (nineteen by Connecticut and fifteen by Utica). Despite all of the shots, there was only one goal scored in the period., which was scored by Junior Ranger Damon Harper at the 8:01 mark. It was Harper’s first goal of the season and gave the home team a 3-0 lead through forty minutes of play.
The home team added to their lead just two minutes into the third period when Braden King scored his first goal of the season to make the score 4-0. King’s goal proved to be the only goal of the period, although Utica put another seventeen shots on goal in the period in an attempt to get back in the game. Despite the heavy shot volume, they could not get one by Tinson- who made forty-eight saves to earn a shutout victory.
Notes: Connecticut outshot Utica by a margin of 50-48…Utica had no power play opportunities, while Connecticut was 0/2 on the power play…Cameron Manley took the loss in goal for Utica but still made forty-six saves…Utica plays again on Saturday, October 1st when they travel to Marlborough, Massachusetts to play the New Hamphshire Jr. Monarchs.