Comets Down Bears 2-1 In Shootout

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The Utica Comets beat the Hershey Bears 2-1 (SO) Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 4-3-1-1 (10 points) on the season. The Bears are back in action this Friday when they visit the Thunderbirds in Springfield. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.

The Comets entered the game with a perfect 6-0-0 record, following a 5-1 over the Binghamton Devils on Friday night. The Comets would open the scoring early in the first frame for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. After a scoreless middle period, the Bears would tie the game with a goal from Phil Maillet midway through the final frame

Vitek Vanecek (2-1-0, 3.53 GAA, .870 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Michael DiPietro (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .909 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Comets. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears.

Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (Illness), Connor Hobbs, Tobias Geisser, Bobby Nardella and Chris McCarthy.

The Comets opened the scoring with a 4-on-4 goal from Adam Gaudette at 9:36 of the first frame. Gaudette would snap a wrister past Christian Djoos, beating Vanecek high blocker.

The first period would end with the Comets leading 1-0. The Comets led in shots on goal 10-7. Utica was 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 0 on the power play in the first period.

The Bears controlled possession for a majority of the middle frame, with a significant advantage in zone time, but were unable to dent the twine.

The second period would go scoreless. The Bears led in shots on goal 14-4 for the middle frame, and 21-14 after two periods. Utica was 0 for 1 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

Kale Kessy and Vincent Arseneau would drop the gloves after Arseneau made a physical but clean hit on Martin Fehervary.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Phil Maillet at 6:09 of the final frame. Steve Whitney (1) and Alex Alexeyev (5) were credited with the helpers.

Regulation would expire with the game tied 1-1. Hershey outshot Utica 12-4 and led 33-18 in regulation.

Beck Malenstyn, Brian Pinho and Matin Fehervary would start the extra frame for the Bears. The extra frame would go scoreless. The Bears led in shots 6-1 for the 3-on-3 overtime period.

1. Moulson – No Good, Utica – No Good
2. Djoos – No Good, Utica – No Good
3. Jonsson-Fjallby – No Good, Utica – Good

Comets win.


  • The AHL box score is here.
  • Attendance: 8,050
  • The Bears have yielded the game’s first goal in five straight games.
  • Bears outshot the Comets 39-20.
  • Garret Pilon and Liam O’Brien led the Bears in shots with 5 each.
  • Utica was 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play.


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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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