Utica, N.Y. - Seamus Malone scored the only goal for the Utica Comets in his professoinal debut to help force overtime, where the Comets ultimately fell to the Springfield Thunderbirds 3-2 at the Adirondack Bank Center, Friday.
Utica gained a valuable point in the game, but the loss is their sixth straight. It was their first point earned since March 1, against the Hershey Bears.
After a scoreless first, the Thunderbirds found the back of the net with Matt Mangene wristing a shot blocker side on Comets goalie Michael Leighton for a power play goal to put Springfield up 1-0.
The Comets responded with a barrage of shots, including opening up the third period with 10 shots in the first eight minutes, but they couldn't solve Springfield goalie Chris Driedger.
Finally, just over halfway through the final stanza of regulation, Zack MacEwen skated around the back of the net where he threw a shot on goal, Driedger stopped that attempt, but Malone put the rebound home with Driedger still down on the ice, to tie things up at 1-1.
In the overtime frame, Anthony Greco was awarded a penalty shot after being chased down on a breakaway, and he took advantage of the opportunity, scoring on Leighton to win the game for the 'Birds.
Leighton came up with 23 saves in the loss for the Comets. Driedger stopped 38 for the Thunderbirds.
Utica is back at it Saturday night as they host the Hartford Wolf Pack. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is set for 7 p.m.
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