By Andrew Chernoff
Jan 5, 2017
The Utica Comets (10-15-5-1) are back in action on Friday, January 6 as they conclude a five-game homestand against North division rivals, the Albany Devils (20-13-0-1), hoping to snap their 9 consecutive game losing streak (0-4-4-1).
The Comets are presently in 7th and last place in the North Division of the American Hockey League, with 26 points; while, the Devils occupy 2nd place in the same division, with 41 points.
The Comets are one of five teams that do not have a home record above .500.
The team enters January where they only play five home games, three of which on the last week of the month.
The Utica dropped a 6-3 decision to the Rochester Americans on Saturday, Dec 31 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
The Comets have played the Devils four times this season and are 2-1-1-0 against Albany, including a 3-1 victory in their only home game against the Devils on Dec 3.
Alex Grenier leads the Comets in scoring (8-15=23 points), followed by Jordan Subban (8-12=20 points) and Curtis Valk (10-9=19 points).
Jake Virtanen continues to put in his time in the AHL with the Canucks affiliate, and after 20 games has 4 goals-3 assists=7 points.
JORDAN SUBBAN TO REPRESENT COMETS AT 2017 AHL ALL-STAR GAME
Jordan Subban has been selected to represent Utica at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held January 29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
UTICA ON ROAD SATURDAY, SUNDAY TO FINISH UP WEEKEND
The Comets leave for Hershey after Friday night, to take on the Bears on Saturday; then off to face the Leigh High Valley Phantoms, Sunday.