Utica Wins Fourth Consecutive Game, Virtanen Picks Up Assist, In 5-2 Win Over Rochester



andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 25, 2016

The Utica Comets improved their record to 7-9-1-0, with their 4th win in a row Friday night over the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena, by a 5-2 score.

The Comets are now 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games, and are in 5th place in the North Division, 4 points out of 3rd, and 7 points behind first place, Albany Devils.

Rochester dropped their 5th game in a row, with the loss.

Darren Archibald, Wacey Hamilton, Borna Rendulic, Colby Robak and Andrey Pedan had multi-point games.

Jordan Subban scored a goal and Jake Virtanen received an assist on the Comets final goal.

Vancouver Canucks prospect, and Comets rookie goalie, Thatcher Demko, made 30-saves for his 4th consecutive win, and is 4-3-1 on the season, with a 2.94 GAA and .899 SV%.

Demko in his four straight wins, including the game he came in for Richard Bachman when he got hurt, has a 2.14 GAA and .930 SV%

Utica next play the Toronto Marlies at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow at 1:30 pm Eastern time.


Utica 1 2 2 – 5

Rochester 2 0 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Rochester, Bonis 2 (Cornel, Burgdoerfer), 1:53. 2, Utica, Hamilton 1 (Shields, Pedan), 13:22. 3, Rochester, Baptiste 9 (Bailey, Nylander), 17:01 (PP). Penalties-Archibald Uti (tripping), 6:43; Burgdoerfer Rch (delay of game), 10:33; Pedan Uti (hooking), 14:05; Bancks Uti (cross-checking), 15:32.

2nd Period-4, Utica, Rendulic 1 (Robak, Roy), 5:41. 5, Utica, Pedan 1 (Hamilton, Rendulic), 12:10. Penalties-Aviani Rch (high-sticking), 15:18.

3rd Period-6, Utica, Subban 5 (Robak, Archibald), 7:51 (PP). 7, Utica, Archibald 6 (Virtanen), 19:13 (EN). Penalties-Catenacci Rch (tripping), 6:38.

Shots on Goal-Utica 9-13-10-32. Rochester 11-9-12-32.

Power Play Opportunities-Utica 1 / 3; Rochester 1 / 3.

Goalies-Utica, Demko 4-3-1 (32 shots-30 saves). Rochester, Ullmark 6-7-1 (31 shots-27 saves).


Referees-Mike Campbell (36), Reid Anderson (33). Linesmen-Brian Oliver (74), Brian Wasilewski (79).

Source: Utica Observer-Dispatch



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