UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The puck dropped for the Utica Comets Wednesday night for the first time ever at their season home opener. A sold out crowd of hockey fans were not shy to express their feelings about the big return, and talked about this monumental night and their feelings after months of anticipation.
Fans came from as close as Utica to as far as Rochester and around New York State to watch their new favorite AHL team, " I'm really excited there is hockey in Utica again ," said Chris Kallies of Utica. Trevor Wiggins of Whitesboro said, " It's back! I grew up with The Devils, its been gone but now hockey is back."
The night included a fan fest filled with food, drinks and entertainment, a pregame show, the national anthem and gave locals the chance to sit back, relax and watch The Comets hit the ice. Many people said the Utica Comets is just what this area needs, " I've been anticipating this for 20 years," said Lorna Gacek of Utica, "I love hockey and I think this is the best thing that could happen to Utica."
The Comets lost their home opener game by 4 -1 to the Albany Devils.
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