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Comets win third straight of Galaxy Cup series with high-scoring victory over Crunch

Jonathan Dahlen scored two goals, Adam Gaudette pumped in one goal and had one assist, and Kole Lind scored his first goal as a pro to help the Comets beat the Crunch 5-4.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 12:48 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 1:57 AM

Utica, N.Y. - Jonathan Dahlen scored two goals and Kole Lind tallied his first goal as a pro as the Utica Comets topped the Syracuse Crunch 5-4 at the Adirondack Bank Center, Wednesday.

The Comets began 'Save of the Day Foundation' week in this game, wearing special black and neon green jerseys that they will wear again on Friday and Saturday, to be raffled off to benefit team president, Rob Esche's, 'Save of the Day Foundation.'

Utica came out firing. Just 25 seconds into the game, Tom Pyatt beat Crunch goalie Eddie Pasquale on a one-timer feed from Tanner Kero. Reid Boucher had the secondary assist on the goal.

Dahlen doubled the Comets lead on the power play with 2:19 remaining in the opening frame, putting home a back-door pass from Kero, for his second goal in as many games.

Adam Gaudette then extended the margin to three, in the second, with a deflection off of a shot from Carter Bancks that found its way into the back of the net. Zack MacEwen also assisted on the marker.

A seemingly comfortable lead soon began to slip away. 59 seconds after Gaudette's goal, the Crunch scored two in less than a minute, from Alex Barre-Boulet and Gabriel Dumont, that brought the Comets lead to just one.

In a wild sequence, just 39 seconds later, the Comets would regain the two-goal lead. Brendan Gaunce sprung Dahlen on a breakaway, and Dahlen roofed a shot from point-blank for his second of the night and third in the last two games against the Crunch.

Lind then brought the lead back up to three with 4:27 to go in the period, burying a rebound in the slot from a Dylan Blujus shot for his first goal as a pro. Gaudette had a helper on the play as well, giving him two points on the night.

In the final frame, Dumont put in his second of the game just one minute in to give Syracuse life and make it 5-3. A power play goal from Alexander Volkov brought the Crunch back within one with 12:57 to play in regulation.

Despite the late scare, the Comets were able to hang on down the stretch, thanks in large part to Ivan Kulbakov, who made 30 saves on the night.

The win was Utica's third straight over Syracuse and brings the Galaxy Cup series to a 4-2 Comets lead through six games.

The Comets are back at it on Friday night at home against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is set for 7 p.m.

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