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COMETS BATTLE BACK TO BEAT CRUNCH, 3-1

Utica, NY. — Coming off a victory the previous night on the road, the Comets were back home inside the Adirondack Bank Center on Saturday night to battle their fiercest rival, the Syracuse Crunch. In a sold-out building full of fans holding Utica captain, Ryan Schmelzer’s bobblehead, the team looked to ride the wave of momentum and defeat a Crunch team that had won their previous five games. Despite being down by a goal heading into the final period, the Comets turned on the offensive and eventually won the contest with a 3-1 score. 

In the first period, the Crunch found the back of the net after a Joe Carroll shot went off the post and into the net at 3:56 passed Comets goalie Akira Schmid. It was the only tally of the period as Utica skated away down 1-0 through 20 minutes of play. 

After a scoreless first period, the Comets busted through in the third after Erik Middendorf scored on a beautiful backhand shot passed Matt Tomkins just 28 seconds into the period for his first goal in the American Hockey League. Later the go-ahead goal was scored by the team leader in goals and points, Graeme Clarke who skated in all alone on Tomkins after a Syracuse defensive zone giveaway. Clarke, the Comets AHL All-Star, made a nice move to strike for his 16th goal of the season. As the crowd roared, the team went up, 2-1. With Tompkins pulled for the extra skater, Ryan Schmelzer, on his bobblehead night, scored an empty net goal to send the fans home happy as the Comets won the contest, 3-1.

The Comets are back in action on Wednesday, January 30 against the Laval Rocket at 7:00 PM on the road. They will return home for two games against the Toronto Marlies on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM followed by a rematch at 5:00 on Saturday. Tickets are available for both home games inside the Adirondack Bank Center.

Single-game tickets are now available for the 2023-24 season. Visit uticacomets.com/tickets for more information. Season Ticket Memberships are also available for the 2023-24 Season. Tickets are still available. Visit www.uticacomets.com/tickets for more information.

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