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Demko returns from injury, Comets ground Rocket with 3-2 win

The Comets beat the Laval Rocket 3-2 in Thatcher Demko's season debut.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2018 12:25 AM

Utica, N.Y. - Thatcher Demko made his first appearance of the season, making 19 saves, and the Utica Comets came from behind to beat the Laval Rocket 3-2 at the Adirondack Bank Center, Wednesday.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Comets.

Utica got on the board first in the first period with Michael Carcone scoring on a breakaway, on the Comets first shot on goal.

The Rocket then tied the game back up at one when Nikita Jevpalovs stuffed a wrap-around through the pads of Demko, two minutes into the second. Laval then took a 2-1 lead off a short-handed goal that went top shelf off the stick of Alex Belzile at the 14:37 mark of the period.

The Comets went into the third down by a goal, but got some offensive production from their blueliners. Defenseman Dylan Blujus tied the game at two, three minutes into the third, roofing a shot over the shoulder of Charlie Lindgren. Then on the power play, Evan McEneny wristed a shot from the point that found it's way into the back of the net eight minutes later.

Utica held Laval to just three shots in the final stanza to seal the deal.

The Comets return to action on Friday night, when they head to Rochester to take on the Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.

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