Comets snap eight game losing skid, beat Rocket in shootout

The Utica Comets beat the Laval Rocket 2-1 in a shootout at home to end snap an eight game losing streak.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 12:34 AM

Utica, N.Y. - The Utica Comets came back from a 1-0 deficit late in the game and won in a shootout to pick up two points in a 2-1 win over the Laval Rocket at the Adirondack Bank Center, Friday.

The win snapped an eight game losing streak for the Comets and brought them back within four points of the final playoff spot in the north division.

The Rocket hopped on the board first 3:27 into the first period, off a shot from the point through a screen by Brett Lernout.

Through two periods of play, the Comets outshot their opponent 26-11, but still trailed by one.

Just over midway through the third period, Tanner Kero sent a sharp angle shot through the crease, where it hit Rocket goalie Connor LaCouvee and slid across the line to tie things at 1-1.

We'd head to three-on-three overtime where teams traded chances, but the goalies stood strong and so a shootout was required to decide the outcome.

Seamus Malone scored for the Comets in the second round of the shootout, before Alex Belzile kept Laval's hopes alive in the third round. Lukas Jasek then scored in round five to seal it for Utica.

Michael Leighton had 13 saves for the Comets, while LaCouvee finished with 35 stops for the Rocket.

The Comets hit the road again on Saturday night where they will take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Onondaga County War Memorial. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

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