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Comets ice Crunch in game four of the Galaxy Cup series

The Utica Comets evened up the Galaxy Cup series with a 4-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch at home on Wednesday.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 10:42 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 12:07 AM

Utica, N.Y. - Reid Boucher and Brendan Gaunce each registered a goal and an assist, while Thatcher Demko made 31 saves, as the Utica Comets evened up the Galaxy Cup series at two games a-piece with a 4-2 win at the Adirondack Bank Center, Wednesday.

With seven seconds remaining in the opening frame, Boucher and Zack MacEwen combined to take the puck away at the point on the penalty kill. MacEwen then sprung Boucher on a breakaway where he deked five-hole on Eddie Pasquale to send the Comets into the locker room up one.

With 11:44 left in the second period, Syracuse avenged that shorthanded goal with a power play goal of their own when Alex Barre-Boulet jammed a rebound past Demko to even the game up at 1-1.

No more scoring the rest of the way in the middle stanza meant that the game went into the third in a deadlock.

Utica broke that deadlock and retook the lead when Jesse Graham ripped a slap shot from the point past Pasquale off of a faceoff, six minutes into the period. Gaunce picked up the assist after winnin the faceoff that lead to the goal.

Less than two minutes later, another Comets defenseman got in the goal column as Evan McEneny extended the lead to 3-1 after splitting the Crunch defense and chipping a shot over Pasquale's right pad.

With an empty net and a man advantage, Cory Conacher made it a one-goal game with 1:23 remaining in the third, but Gaunce put it away with an empty net goal just 21 seconds later.

The Comets went 1-for-5 on the power play, while allowing the Crunch to go 2-for-7.

Utica is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they visit the Cleveland Monsters at the Quicken Loans Arena at 1 p.m.

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