Utica, N.Y. - After going 8-0 in the month of October, the Utica Comets have since gone 2-6 through eight games in the month of November.
Their first win of the month didn't come until their fifth game.
Things may be looking up for the team though, with the return of many key players that had missed time, either due to injuries or call-ups to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks.
After missing five games, leading scorer Reid Boucher scored a hat trick in his return last Friday against the Syracuse Crunch, before recording two assists the following night against the Rochester Americans.
The Comets also got back key defensemen Ashton Sautner and Jalen Chatfield from call-ups, and are expected to have forward Carter Camper back from injury this week.
"[Sautner and Chatfield] are two really good players, big pieces for us especially on the defensive side of things," said head coach Trent Cull. I think when those guys are playing their game along with a little offense with Reid, all of the sudden were tougher team to play against and that is something that we have to be."
Players said they can feel the energy returning to the rink and are excited to see reinforcements arrive. They said they feel as though things are starting to click again.
"Me personally, I think that we’re going to get on a roll here," said rookie defensemen Brogan Rafferty. "We’re playing the right way. We had a couple of weekends where we weren’t happy with our play, but having guys come back and the way we’ve been playing lately, it’s a good sign."
Camper is excited to be returning. Not used to missing lentghy time with injury, he said it was hard to be away from the game and not be able to help the team.
He said he likes being a guy relied on to put points and the board and is looking forward to getting back in the swing of things to do just that.
He, too, likes the direction the team is headed.
"Over the course of 76 games those kind of lulls happen whether it be injuries or call ups or your schedule or a number of factors," the veteran Camper said. "For us, I think it was just a few things that combined, but we are still in a good spot in our division and hopefully we can stay healthy and get back to playing the way we can play."
The Comets take on the Binghamton Devils in a north division match-up on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
They then hit the road for a pair against the Laval Rocket on Friday and Saturday.