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Utica, NY. — For the sixth time this season, the Utica Comets stepped onto the ice against the Rochester Americans. The Comets entered the game with an eight-game point streak and were hoping to continue moving up the standings as they faced off against a team that is situated three points ahead of them in the North Division. It was a playoff-like game but the Comets came up on the losing side of a 2-1 decision. Their point streak ended as they skated away with a regulation loss.

The Amerks scored the only goal of the initial stanza after Brendan Warren deflected a shot passed Comets goalie, Isaac Poulter at 4:07. This goal put Utica down, 1-0 through twenty minutes of action. The Amerks extended their lead on the powerplay at 17:56 when Lukas Rousek hit the back of the net after he was the recipient of a good bounce off a save from Poulter. Through forty minutes of play, the Comets found themselves down, 2-0.

During the final period, the Comets came within reach after defenseman Will MacKinnon strode down the left wing and wristed a shot that found its way under the crossbar passed Rochester goalie, Dustin Tokarski at 3:07. MacKinnon’s first AHL goal was assisted by Ryan Schmelzer and Arnaud Durandeau. This brought the Comets to a 2-1 deficit. Despite the effort to tie the contest with the goaltender pulled late in the game, the Comets couldn’t close the gap and skated away with a 2-1.

The Comets are back in action on the road to take on the Syracuse Crunch at Upstate Medical University Arena tomorrow night at 7:00 PM before heading to Laval to play the Rocket on Wednesday and then another game against the Americans at the Blue Cross Arena on Friday, January 26 at 7:05 PM. The next home game for Utica will take place on Saturday, January 27th against the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00 PM at the Adirondack Bank Center.

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