Second to none: A night about Comets new and old


The original Clinton Comets knew all about winning.

In the 50's and 60's, they were a powerhouse, winning the EHL playoffs 5 times, including a 3-peat in '67, '68, and '69.

Last night, after honoring players from that legendary Clinton team, the Utica Comets took a page from their predecessor's playbook, coming alive to beat the Binghamton Senators by a commanding 5-2 score.

It was their second win at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, and had the area flying high on a bitter cold December night, showing why this area is a hockey haven.

The weather outside may have been cold, but the atmosphere in The Aud couldn't have been hotter as the Comets came storming back from a 2-1 deficit with 4 straight goals to earn the victory.

Yes, pun very much intended was a meteor shower of goals for the Comets late in the game as the noise level rose to astronomical levels.

The mystique that the Clinton Comets have brought to the area was on full display last night, as Utica erupted for 5 goals, and a very convincing win.

While we have watched them play for nearly 3 months now, last night made it all click. The Comets are back, and the legacy couldn't be more alive.

On a special night in Utica, it was another storybook ending as Captain Colin Stuart set yet another record for the franchise.

After scoring the first game winning goal in Utica Comets history, the first captain in team history recorded the first hat trick in team history.

I know that may be a lot to take in during one sentence, but the fact is that Colin Stuart has already etched himself into Utica Comets history multiple times, and has truly become the leader of this team early on.

With 4 goals* to his name last night, "Stewie" certainly gave the Comets alums something to be proud about.

And for us fans, it was a night to remember.

Much like the memories from the Clinton Comets has lasted in the area for so many years, it appears as though the Utica Comets may be establishing some special ones of their own.

While their record still may not show it, this team has definitely given us all something to cheer about.

And last night was the perfect example of that.

For me, this team has already become a fixture in my life, a team that I look forward to see or hear play each and every night. They serve as a reminder that our area is very much on the rise, and that there are some great times ahead for the Mohawk Valley.

But for the time being, let's just soak this all in, because years from now many of us may be able to share memories of this franchise much like what was shared for the Clinton Comets last night.

This is only the beginning folks. Stay tuned.

Till then... 

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*Scoring change has given Stuart credit for what was previously Archibald's goal, giving him 4 total for the night.

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