Eriksson shuts down Admirals, Comets win 3-0


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WKTV) - Goaltender Joacim Eriksson picked up his fourth shutout of the year as the Utica Comets beat the Milwaukee Admirals 3-0 Friday Night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Darren Archibald (2-0-2) and Alex Biega (0-2-2) paced the Comets with two points apiece while Eriksson stopped all 21 Admirals shots on goal. Eriksson’s fourth shutout ties him for the most shutouts by a goaltender in the American Hockey League.

Archibald opened up the game’s scoring 3:55 into the second period. Alex Biega broke into the Admirals zone and found Darren Archibald streaking down the left hand side. Archibald fired a quick wrist shot from the faceoff circle past Marek Mazanec for his eighth goal of the year.

Just five minutes later Kent Huskins found the back of an American Hockey League net for the first time since Feb. 23, 2007, as a member of the Portland Pirates. Colin Stuart set-up the goal from along the boards just inside the Admirals zone, Colin Stuart found Huskins streaking in on net. A wrist shot from the slot beat Mazanec low blocker side. The goal was Huskins first goal of the year.

Archibald and Biega hooked up again 15:01 into the second period. Alex Biega one-timed a shot on goal off a feed from Jeremy Welsh, Archibald, all alone in front, deflected the shot over Mezanec’s shoulder for his second goal of the game.

The Comets out-shot the Admirals 31-21. The Comets went 0-2 on the power play, and killed off Milwaukee’s one and only power play.

With the victory the Comets have improved their record to 18-22-2-4, and have now won seven out of their last 10 games.

The Comets are back in action Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. in Rockford, against the IceHogs.

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