Belleville, ON - The Utica Comets scored four power play goals and came from behind three separate times, but couldn't seal the deal as they fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Belleville Senators at CAA Arena, Wednesday.
Jonathan Racine got the scoring going for the Senators just under four minutes into the contest when he beat Ivan Kulbakov on the short side.
Despite two power plays in the first period, the Comets were unable to get the equalizer.
Utica finally got on the board in the second when Michael Carcone ripped home a long shot from the top of the left circle for a power play goal. That tied things up at one.
Belleville scored the next two, with Filip Chlapik and Jack Rodewald scoring 54 seconds apart to give the Sens a 3-1 lead.
The Comets came storming back with another two power play goals, the first coming from Tanner Kero off a one-timer on a nice feed from Jonathan Dahlen across the crease. Then 1:39 after that, Zack MacEwen scored on a rebound in the slot to knot the game at 3-3.
The Senators would take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission thanks to a late period goal by Paul Carey.
In the third, just over eight minutes in, Kero scored his second of the night off a diagonal pass from the point from Olli Juolevi, and once again put the puck in the net with a one-timer.
The game would head into overtime square at four, and five extra minutes wouldn't solve it so the teams went to a shootout to decide the winner.
Rudolfs Balcers and Adam Tambellini found their way past Kulbakov in the shootout, while Dahlen and Carcone were stopped for Utica, giving Belleville the 2-0 shootout edge, and a 5-4 victory.
The Comets return to action on Friday night against arch-rival Syracuse Crunch at the Adirondack Bank Center. Puck drop set for 7 p.m.