ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Despite outshooting the Rochester Americans 43 to 26, the Utica Comets fell to the home team by the score of 6-4, Saturday Night at the Blue Cross Arena. The North Division rivals will meet eight more times this season, the next game being November 15, in Utica.
Pascal Pelletier (1-2-3), and Alexandre Grenier (0-3-3) led the way for the Comets with three points each. Darren Archibald (1-1-2), Zach Hamill (1-1-2) and Colin Stuart (1-0-1) each scored their first goals of the season. Also adding an assist on the night was Patrick Mullen.
Mike Zigomanis (2-2-4) led the way for the Americans with four points. Also adding goals for the Americans were Colton Gillies (1-0-1), Luke Adam (1-0-1), Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (1-2-3), and Alexander Sulzer (1-1-2).
The Amerks extended their streak of scoring first to five games, as Adam scored his fifth goal of the season just 2:37 into the game. Mike Zigomanis, on a feed from Gauthier-Leduc, hit Adam with a pass as he streaked down the slot. Adam took the pass, and beat Joacim Eriksson low blocker side.
Pascal Pelletier would pick up his fourth point of the young season, when the Comets tied the game at the 14:59 mark. Darren Archibald scored his first goal as a member of the Comets after he fired a quick shot from the bottom of the circle. Alexandre Grenier assisted on the goal as well, his third point of the season.
From there, Rochester's Mike Zigomanis would steal the spotlight for the rest of the period. Already on the penalty kill, Eriksson would draw a delay of game penalty after he flipped a puck into the crowd. With the 5 on 3 advantage, Zigomanus would tap-in a back door pass from Phil Varone with 1:47 to play. Brayden McNabb would pick up the secondary assist.
Just over a minute later, and still on the power play, a Sulzer stretch pass from his own defensive zone, would spring Zigomanis on a breakaway. Zigomanus picked up his second goal of the game, and season, after he buried a shot over Eriksson's glove.
The Comets would finish the period with a 16-10 shots advantage.
The Americans would score their third power-play goal of the night to extend their lead to 4-1, at the 7:19 mark of the second period. After a feed from Gauthier-Leduc, Chad Ruhwedel fired off a slap shot from the point that would slip through the legs of Eriksson after being redirected by Colton Gillies.
With 3:08 left to play, Colin Stuart knocked a deflected Zach Hamill shot, out of the air and into the back of the net, to bring score to 4-2. This tally marked the franchise's first power-play goal.
The Comets weren't ready to end the period just yet. Just over a minute later, the Comets cut the Americans lead in half. Pelletier picked up his second assist on a beautiful spin-o-rama style pass to Alexandre Grenier. Matt Hackett was there to deny Grenier's attempt, but Zach Hamill cleaned up the rebound, scoring his first goal as a Comet.
The Comets ended the period with a 16-8 shots advantage, and a 32-18 shots advantage for the game.
A powerplay goal by the Comets tied the game with 5:08 remaining in regulation. The Comets power play moved the puck around the Americans zone. With a :01 left in the power play, Pascal Pelletier fired an off-angle shot from the board side hashmarks that beat goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to the farside of the net.
With 2:08 left to play in regulation THE Americans would take the lead for good. A 3-on-2 Americans rush ended with a Gauthier-Leduc shot from the face-off circle that deflected off Eriksson's blocker and into the net. An empty net goal from Sulzer with :02 remaining would wrap up the scoring for the night.
The Comets finished the game 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Americans capitalized on three of their six power plays.
The Utica Comets next game is Wednesday night vs. the Albany Devils. The Home Opener has already sold out.
During the game the Vancouver Canucks announced that they have re-called Jeremy Welsh from the Comets.