On Wednesday, the Comets earned another point in the AHL standings.
However, one month into the season, Utica is still searching for their first win; still looking for answers.
Did they take a step froward? Or a crushing step back?
On Wednesday, the team saw it all. After falling down early due to another slow start, the team came alive and scored 3 straight goals to end the 1st period against Abbotsford up 3-1. It was just the second time that they had a lead heading into the second period this year, and their first 2-goal lead ever.
Finally, it seemed as though the beast had been awoken, and that the Comets, who weren't used to playing with a lead, may have figured out how to win a game.
Yet the Heat had an answer for the young team, and stormed back to tie the game up at 3, before scoring with just over 5 minutes to go in the game to take the lead 4-3. The anticipation, and excitement of the Comets first potential win quickly faded, as the Comets were in a tough situation with time running out.
The team has spent a lot of time this year playing catch up late in the game. However, in this one, they got a taste of what it was like to defend a lead...and they lost it. Obviously everything at this point is a good learning experience for the team moving forward, but that Heat goal in the 3rd seemed to put a stamp on the Comets' young season so far.
Despite the effort they may give, and despite the chances they may have, this team just hasn't been able to find a way to lock down that win.
As always, the first is the hardest. Should they win tonight, the proverbial monkey will be off their back, and with the pressure off, this team could start racking up the wins.
But in order for that to happen, this team must find a way to win game number one...
Back to the game, shear frustration turned into exhilaration, as the Comets, seemingly dead in the water scored a clutch goal with just 2 minutes remaining to come from behind and tie the game back up, earning another point and forcing overtime.
Despite giving up the lead, the Aud faithful were on their feet after the goal, as it seemed as though they had found the resiliency to close a game strong and put themselves in a position to win.
However, with just 90 seconds left in overtime, Abbotsford scored again, quieting the stunned Utica crowd, and ending the Comets hopes at an epic first win.
It was utter heartbreak. To fight so hard, and come back from so many ups and downs, the Comets ended in the same position that they have been in following all of their games this year...on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
It was a wild games of ups-and-downs. An early comeback, a blown lead, a late deficit, a clutch equalizer, and an overtime defeat.
In terms of entertainment, you couldn't really have asked for much more...except for a Comets win.
However, despite the disappointment, this may have been the best sign yet for Utica moving forward. They found a way to battle through almost every possible scenario during a game. They showed their resiliency, their hunger for a win, and they got so close to earning that second point.
Tonight, the Heat are back at the Aud with the Comets looking to earn revenge quickly, and win their first game against a team they fought so hard against during their final game of October.
It's hard to believe it, but October is behind us. This is a brand new month, November hockey starts tonight and it is a clean slate. As tough as that loss was to take on Wednesday, it's time to forget about that and move forward, looking ahead towards tonight.
When the Comets take to the ice for warmups, it'll be time focus in on the task at hand. To use a popular quote from across the NBA, its time to "Beat the Heat." Their record is 0-0 in the month of November. Let's see if on December 1st, we can look back on a winning record from this month.
We can talk about it all we want, but the time for talking is over. It's time for actions...It's time to get some wins.
Will we see history tonight? Let's hope so. For the Comets its time to earn that first win, to start November off strong.
At 7 p.m. tonight, Utica will be watching. It's been 20 years since the city cheered it's last AHL win.
But tonight can change all of that.