TORONTO, ON - The Utica Comets opened up the 2022 portion of their schedule dropping a seesaw battle with the Toronto Marlies by a 6-4 score, Wednesday, at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Marlies struck first with Alex Steeves beating Comets goalie Mareks Mitens on a rebound 14:34 into the opening period to put Toronto on top 1-0.
Utica answered with under two minutes to play in the frame with Reilly Walsh sending a beautiful feed cross-ice to Fabian Zetterlund who unleashed a one-timer that left Marlies goalie Erik Kallgren with no chance to knot the game up at 1-1.
The Comets gained their first lead of the game with Chase DeLeo putting in a power play goal just 1:06 into the second period. Toronto would strike back just 43 seconds later with Matthew Hellickson knotting the game right back up at 2-2.
The Marlies then grabbed their second lead of the night with Brett Seney beating Mitens upstairs with a wrist shot.
Again, the scales tipped even with Colton White sending a backhand feed from below the goal line that hit of a Toronto defenseman's skate and dribbled past Kallgren to equalize the game at three 7:25 into the middle stanza.
A Joey Anderson goal 15:04 into the second would give the Marlies a 4-3 lead after two periods of play. It'd be one they would not relinquish.
Mikhail Abramov scored in the third to make it 5-3 before Brian Flynn netted one for the Comets to bring Utica back within one. But Anderson scored his second of the night, an empty-netter to ice it with under two minutes left to play.
The Comets fall to 18-2-3 on the season. They return to action on Friday night when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7 p.m.