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Comets quest for Calder Cup comes to an end with loss to Marlies

The Utica Comets fell to the Toronto Marlies by a score of 4-0 Sunday evening at the Ricoh Coliseum in a decisive Game 5 of the North Division Semifinal series.

Posted: Apr. 29, 2018 7:54 PM

The Utica Comets were in Toronto on Sunday looking to upset the top-seeded Marlies in a winner-takes-all Game 5 of the North Division emifinal series. 

The Comets started out the series down 2 games to none before heading back to an electric crowd at the Adirondack Bank Center. Utica was able to tie the series and force a decisive Game 5.

Carl Grundstrom put the Marlies up 1-0 four minutes into the game with a power play goal. Pierre Engvall and Andreas Johnsson were credited with the assists.

Grundstrom struck again with 7:27 to go in the second period to extend the lead to 2-0. Johnsson and Miro Aaltonen had the assists.

Johnsson pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third period with a power play goal. Travis Dermott picked up the assist. Dmytro Timashov scored the empty net goal with 2:11 to go to secure the win. Ben smith tallied the assist.

Thatcher Demko finished 34 with saves. Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks stopped 36 shots to earn the shutout. The Comets power play went 0-3, while the penalty kill allowed two goals in six attempts.

The Comets fall to the Marlies 4-0 as their season comes to an end. 

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