Comets' playoff hopes are dashed as they fall to Marlies with late shorthanded goal

The Utica Comets loss paired with a Cleveland Monsters win has eliminated the Comets from postseason contention

Posted: Apr 6, 2019 12:14 AM

Utica, N.Y. - The Utica Comets have been eliminated from postseason contention after a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies at the Adirondack Bank Center and a Cleveland Monsters win over the Laval Rocket, Friday.

Utica is currently in 6th place in the north division with 70 points. With five games remaining, the most they'd be able to get to is 80 and the Monsters currently possess 81 in the fourth place spot.

After a scoreless first period of play, the Marlies got the game's first goal on a power play late in the second. Mason Marchment scored off a rebound on Comets goalie Marek Mazanec, who came in during the second in relief of an injured Michael Leighton.

The Comets couldn't find the back of the net until more than midway through the third, Brendan Woods ripped a shot to the back of the net from the right face-off dot to tie the game. Aaron Thow, in his pro debut, recorded the assist on the play for his first professional point.

With Utica on a power play in the final minutes of regulation, Adam Brooks scored five-hole on Mazanec, shorthanded with 1:25 to go, in order to send the Comets off the ice with another loss.

Leighton stopped 14 shots before exiting the game, and Mazanec made five saves on seven shots. Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 23 shots for the Marlies in the win.

THe Comets are back in action on Saturday night, on the road, against the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7 p.m.

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