TORONTO, O.N. - The Utica Comets capped off a three games in three days set with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies at the Ricoh Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
The Comets rode a penalty killing unit that killed off 8 of 9 Marlies power play opportunities, and Joe Cannata’s 25 saves for the victory. With the win the Comets improved to 20-23-3-4, and have collected a point in 11 of its past 14 games.
The Comets recorded goals from Jeremy Welsh and Pascal Pelletier. Colin Stuart, Kent Huskins, and Alex Biega picked up the Comets assists.
The Comets first power play of the game set the stage for the game’s first goal. MacIntyre stopped Kent Huskins’ shot from the point and sent the rebound straight up and behind himself to a waiting Jeremy Welsh who batted the puck out of the air and into the gaping net for his first goal as a Comet. Colin Staurt recorded the secondary assist on the goal.
The lead would hold until the 6:54 into the second period. The Comets just killed off the first penalty of a 5-on-3 disadvantage when Brandon Kozun redirected a T.J. Brennan slap shot from the point past Cannata. Spencer Abbott set up the Brennan shot with a pass from the top of the face off circle.
Pascal Pelletier played the role of hero by breaking the 1-1 deadlocked score with 34 seconds to play. Toronto won the face-off in their zone and whipped the puck around the net to a waiting Alex Biega at the point. Biega let loose a blast that Pelletier redirected past MacIntyre for the game-clinching goal.
Utica picked up its first win of the season over Toronto after losing twice to before, both by the score of 5-2.
Drew MacIntyre finished with 26 saves on 28 Comets shots on goal, and Kozun picked up his 14th goal of the year.
The Comets are back in action Friday night in Syracuse against the Crunch. Stay tuned to Comets, and K-ROCK’s social media this week as plans are announced for the Thruway Throwdown. The Comets and Crunch have split the season series to this point, with both games played at The AUD. Puck drop Friday is set for 7 pm.