Yeti bounce back from loss in opener with dominant performance against NightPandas

The Utica Yeti controlled play from start to finish to earn the team's first ever win.

Posted: Jun 13, 2021 7:43 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2021 7:43 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica Yeti are in the win column after a complete team effort lead to a convincing win over the Saugerties NightPandas at the Adirondack Bank Center, Sunday.

Utica opened up the first with two goals in the first six minutes before the Pandas got on the board.

From there, the Yeti rattled off eight straight goals to pull away and then outscored Saugerties 9-1 in the third to end any hopes of a comeback in the final frame.

Nick Suits lead the offense with five* goals and two assists, including a buzzer-beater to close out the game.

Andrew Cook also put in four goals, while Nick Kiefer and Rodney Redeye put in three and David Soccocci tallied a pair and had an assist.

Niles Miller, Khyler Johnson (1 g, 1 a), Alex Snow, Dwight Bero Jr. (1 g, 1 a), and Charlie Rosaschi were the other contributors at the offensive end for Utica.

Kobi Johnson made 21 saves in goal for the Yeti in the contest.

With the win, Utica improves to 1-1 on the season.

They head on the road for their next two games against the Albany Hyenas and Salt City Eels, before returning home on July 10 to host the Hyenas in the final home game of the regular season.

*Suits was credited with five goals following the broadcast of the highlights, which stated he had four.

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