ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Highly-touted defensive prospect Jack Rathbone scored his first professional goal, but it was not enough to bring the Comets back even as the team fell 4-2 to the Rochester Americans at BlueCross Arena, Wednesday.
The Comets, coming in on a five-game point streak, took the lead just 59 seconds into the game with Jonah Gadjovich crashing the net to put in a rebound. Will Lockwood and Kole Lind had assists on the goal.
The Amerks evened it up with a Casey Fitzgerald goal late in the frame and then opened the second period with another goal by Ftizgerald just nine seconds in to take a 2-1 lead.
Brett Murray added to it 15:07 into the middle stanza and the Comets would be down 3-1 heading into the third period.
Rathbone's goal came on a one-time blast from the point on a 5-on-3 power play with assists from Mitch Reinke and Sven Baertschi.
After pulling the goalie for an extra attacker late, Arttu Ruotsalainen scored an empty-netter to ice it.
Utica outshot Rochester 33-22 with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen making 31 for the Amerks and Jon Gillies stopping 19 for the Comets.
With the loss, the Comets drop to 5-2-0-1.
These teams go back at it next Wednesday, March 10, at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica. Puck drop at 7 p.m.