Virtanen, Utica Comets, Take On Lehigh Valley And Hartford In AHL Weekend Play


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 11, 2016

The Utica Comets take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight

From the Comets website, the two-win Comets enter tonight’s contest in seventh place in the North Division with five points in 10 games, while the Phantoms have collected 11 points in 10 games, good for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Last Game: The Utica Comets wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch last Saturday night at the OnCenter War Memorial.

The Comets begin a 6 game homestand tonight, continuing tomorrow night against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack enter weekend action tonight against the Rochester Americans. Hartford (3-6-1-0) hope to win tonight, and come into their match up against the Comets on a win streak, after dropping a 6-2 contest last Saturday night against the Providence Bruins, their 5th loss in a row, a losing streak that began on Oct. 28.


On Wednesday, Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning, sent former sixth overall draft pick, Jake Virtanen, to the Comets for assignment.

Virtanen, 20, has appeared in 10 games with the Canucks this season registering an assist (0-1-1) along with two penalty minutes, but has run afoul of Canucks management over his lack of production, intensity and passion.

Virtanen last played for the Comets in two games on a conditioning assignment.


Jordan Subban is enjoying a five-game point streak that has him knocking on the AHL leaderboard for goals (4), power-play goals (3) and points per game (1.22) by a defenseman.

Subban’s highlights include four multi-points games in the first 9 games of the season.


Unlike the the NHL Vancouver Canucks, according to the Comets website, the Utica power play, has been red hot to start the season and is ranked seventh in the league, scoring a power-play goal in four straight games entering their game tonight.


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