Utica, N.Y. - Colton Saucerman has drawn national media attention since signing a PTO for the Utica Comets on Monday. On Wednesday, Saucerman backed up the hype by jump-starting the team en route to a 5-2 win over the Providence Bruins at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Halfway through the first period, Saucerman put home a wrist shot from the top of the right circle for his first career AHL goal, and gave the Comets the lead.
Two and a half minutes later, Reid Boucher continued finding the back of the net by burying a rebound off a shot from Jaime Sifers, bringing the Comets lead up to two.
Jordan Swarz got the Bruins on the board in the second as he put a puck off a Comets' defenders skate and into the back of the net. The 5-on-3 goal brought Providence's deficit back to one.
Boucher got the crucial next goal, and his second of the game, by again sending a rebound to the back of the net, this time off a backhand shot by Lukas Jasek.
Zack MacEwen upped the Comets lead to 4-1 four minutes after that before Zach Senyshyn gave the Bruins some life late with a goal to make it 4-2 with 3:53 remaining.
However, Darren Archibald iced it with an empty net goal with 49 seconds to go.
Thatcher Demko made 31 saves in the victory and the comets killed off five of six penalties.
The Comets will search for their fifth straight win on Friday night against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m