Comets climb back twice to earn point, fall to Bears in overtime

The Comets overcame two deficits to tie the game and force overtime where they lost 6-5 to the Hershey Bears.

Posted: Dec 28, 2019 12:01 AM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 1:13 PM

Utica, N.Y - The Utica Comets battled back to tie the game twice in the third period and force overtime where they earned a point, yet eventually fell to the Hershey Bears 6-5 at the Adirondack Bank Center, Friday.

Lukas Jasek had two goals in the final stanza to aid the comeback effort.

The Bears struck first in the opening frame with Garrett Pilon scoring two goals in the span of 11 seconds before Kody Clark extended their lead to 3-0 just 90 seconds following Pilon's outburst.

Vincent Arseneau got the Comets back within two 8:34 into the period, but Joe Snively put a wrist shot past Zane McIntyre, who had come on in relief of Michael DiPietro following the third Bears goal, five minutes later to end the firs period with a 4-1 Hershey lead.

In the second, the Comets outshot the Bears 11-6, inching closer thanks to a Seamus Malone deflection off a shot from Olli Juolevi to bring the Comets back to within a pair.

The final period had plenty of offense once again, Carter Camper scored four minutes into the frame to pull the Comets within one. The assist went to Reid Boucher, who extended his point streak to 14 straight games.

Jasek tied the game four and a half minutes later with his first of the night.

WIth 7:06 left to play in regulation, Brian Pinho scored a shorthanded goal to put Hershey back on top.

Then Jasek tied it again two minutes later with his second of the night, a one-timer off a feed from Justin Bailey.

The game went into overtime where Mike Sgarbossa scored a power play goal 2:35 in to end it.

DiPietro made six saves on nine shots with McIntyre stopping 18 shots in relief.

The Comets return to action Saturday night on the road when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05 p.m.

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