STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Comets bounce back with thrilling overtime victory against Crunch

The Utica Comets got two goals from Jonah Gadjovich to top the Syracuse Crunch in overtime.

Posted: Apr 29, 2021 12:27 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - After a 7-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch the last time out, the Utica Comets bounced back with a better effort and came away with a 2-1 overtime win over their Galaxy Cup rival at the Adirondack Bank Center, Wednesday.

The teams traded chances in the first period to no avail, but the Comets were forced to make a goalie change a few minutes in after starter Jake Kielly went down with an injury. Kielly was run into by Crunch forward Jimmy Huntington, who was pushed into the crease, and remained on the ice for several minutes before leaving the ice slowly under his own power.

He did not return to the game, and his status is unknown at this time, though Comets head coach Trent Cull said after the game it didn't look promising.

Joel Hofer came in to replace and was solid, making 25 saves in the game, after Kielly stopped all six shots he faced before exiting.

There was no score after two periods of play, but less than two minute into the third, Jonah Gadjovich deflected a Jett Woo shot in front of the net for his 13th of the year to put the Comets on the board. Sam Anas also assisted on the play.

It remained 1-0 Utica until the 17:14 mark of the third when Chase Priskie beat Hofer to tie the game. Taylor Raddysh and Peter Abbandonato notched the assists.

The game would require extra time, and after timely saves from Hofer in an early OT push from the Crunch, the Comets were able to convert as Gadjovich crashed the net and had a centering feed from Carson Focht hit off his skate and go in for the game-winner.

With the pair of goals in the game, Gadjovich now has 14 in 17 games this season. That eclipses his total from last year of 13, which he recorded in 38 games.

Spencer Martin had a strong game for the Crunch making 28 saves as Syracuse narrowly outshot Utica 32-30.

The Comets, who improve to 11-7-0-1, next host the Rochester Americans on Friday before these same two teams meet again in Syracuse on Sunday.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2502914

Reported Deaths: 55935
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings33129910834
Queens31382710273
Suffolk2379593585
Nassau2133533285
Bronx2067916745
New York1673084632
Westchester1433102338
Erie1052151938
Richmond882931930
Monroe832991179
Orange57074909
Rockland52800779
Onondaga51242755
Dutchess35358497
Albany30443385
Oneida28265581
Broome24026401
Niagara23713397
Saratoga19975197
Ulster17148277
Schenectady16478227
Rensselaer14570165
Putnam1240596
Chautauqua12248171
Oswego11382111
Chemung10683152
St. Lawrence10282124
Steuben9929173
Ontario9224110
Jefferson861274
Cayuga8562107
Sullivan836283
Wayne798284
Cattaraugus7546110
Genesee6871132
Herkimer6646123
Clinton660338
Tompkins642559
Fulton6207102
Madison6072101
Montgomery5848137
Livingston562571
Warren534581
Cortland525879
Tioga498071
Columbia4957111
Chenango461986
Washington451966
Allegany451795
Otsego451154
Greene433085
Wyoming432657
Orleans426587
Franklin415320
Lewis353738
Delaware349545
Seneca270863
Schoharie226221
Essex222431
Yates157726
Schuyler149316
Hamilton4343
Unassigned14424
Out of NY0309
Utica
Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 47°
Oneonta
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 38°
Herkimer
Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 47°
Old Forge
Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 47°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
NEW Game Day Deals each week
Chapter Aesthetic October Giveaway
Cool To Be Kind 2021
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve