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Comets' Archibald delivers "The Hit" vs. Lake Erie
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - For those who were unable to attend the Comets game, Tuesday night, against the Lake Erie Monsters, you missed quite a spectacle.
While the Comets lost the game, another one by a single goal, there was still plenty to talk about. In true sports fashion, something happened during the game that had people talking long after the buzzer sounded and the players exited the ice.
In fact, it is still being talked about today and has gone viral online with over 44,000 views in less than 24 hours on YouTube.
During the 3rd period of the game, Comets' forward, Darren Archibald came in on the forecheck and unloaded a massive check on Monsters' defenseman, Karl Stollery, causing him to do a full back flip in the air before coming to rest on the ice.
Although it left Stollery struggling to get off the ice for a few seconds, Archibald led with his shoulder and didn't get his stick or hands up high, making it a clean hit.
And one hit Comets fans won't soon forget.
After sending a roar through the crowd at The Aud, the replay played multiple times throughout the rest of the game with the crowd cheering loudly each and every time.
Wednesday, Archibald dealt what the Comets are now calling "The Hit," and this one may last for a very long time.
History in sports is often made when you least expect it, and last night's split second play, while short, may live on in Utica Comets history forever.
Click on the video below to view "The Hit" from Tuesday. Courtesy of the Utica Comets YouTube account.