11/30/18 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators

Hey guys, Farmies coming at you again with another dose of the farm! Admittedly I got incredibly shitfaced last night at a work Christmas Party and am INCREDIBLY hungover right now, so I MIGHT miss some key plays and moments so for that I apologize! Alas though, lets get into Fridays game, as our Utica Comets visited the Belleville Senators and looked to regain their winning ways after having their streak broken Wednesday against the Binghamton Devils. It should be an interesting game as the Comets have looked OK since Juolevi and Chatfield went down, but their powerplay has struggled hard the past 5 games, completing 7 for 25 (28%) in that time. Thatcher Demko looks to make his third straight start, so it looks like he’s really trying to make up for lost time here.


Starting Lineup


Dahlen Darcy Archibald
Carcone Cameranesi MacEwen
Gaunce Woods Lind
Boucher Kero Jasek
Brisebois Sifers
Sautner Blujus
McEneny Graham
Thatcher Demko



The team has amazingly lost 101 man-games to injury this season, with 18 of those to Demko, 22 to Wacey Hamilton and 13 to Kole Lind as the top 3 longest IR stints. Unfortunately it looks like Juolevi is still a long ways out before they even know wtf is going on with his knee, which is very concerning.


The team still has Brandon Anselmini and Jagger Dirk on the roster as call-ups from the Kalamazoo Wings but have yet to play either due to the bevvy of players that returned before Wednesdays game. I believe Anselmini as 7D will probably be out of the lineup unless another injury befalls a Comets D-man.

RE: Benchings

Utica GM Ryan Johnson was on Sportsnet650 and answered why Palmu was being healthy scratched so often. Nothing really surprising from his comment, but a lot of people seem to ask why and I think Johnson’s answer pretty much sums it up.


Johnson on why Palmu is getting healthy scratched so much : “Petrus is learning the AHL, learning to be a pro, the little details. To think they are going to come in and step in, the AHL is a process, a yearly process.”

He also said this of Demko which I liked to hear

Johnson on Demko : “He is a kid in a candy store, he is back playing. We play with a little more pep when he is in, he said to me “I want to play the next 60 games, let’s go.”


Reid Boucher Jagger Dirk Jonah Gadjovich Tanner MacMaster Petrus Palmu


Injury Report
Arseneau Bancks Chatfield Hamilton Juolevi
Hand upper body lower body concussion knee


Apparently Wacey Hamilton had a setback with his recovery from concussion after a practice earlier in November, he’s still yet to play this season. Carter Bancks also picked up an upper body injury during last Saturday’s game and has been listed as day-to-day by the team, so


Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice


Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.


1st period


Comets in Blue



1st period score: 1-0 Belleville


Utica HEAVILY outshot in the first period 17 to 7 but a lot of those shots were pretty weak, Utica were kept in their own end for a majority of the period and seldolmy escaped except for a few times; would have thought with Boucher back in the lineup, that the team would have gotten some more offense going.


Looks like Cull wasn’t happy with the offense from his boys as he re-tooled all his lines for the second period. Looked like this.

Archibald Kero Boucher
Lind Darcy Gaunce
Jasek Woods MacEwen
Carcone Cameranesi Dahlen


2nd Period



The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-1 Comets


Looks like the line shakeups may have paid off as the Comets cleanly outshot the Senators this period, 14 to 6. Will be interesting to see if they can find some more offense in the third, or will we see a bit of fatigue setting in after a pretty active 2nd.


3rd Period



Final Score: 4-2 Belleville Senators



Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Belleville Adam Tambellini Chase Balisy Erik Burgdoerfer 5v5
2nd Utica Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Zack MacEwen 5v5
2nd Utica Tony Cameranesi Michael Carcone Lukas Jasek 5v5
3rd Belleville Logan Brown Chase Balisy Ben Sexton 5v5
3rd Belleville Jordan Murray Erik Burgdoerfer Logan Brown 5v5
3rd Belleville Filip Chlapik Patrick Sieloff EN



  • Comets looked pretty clusterfucky defensively tonight, a lot of bad giveaways and kept crowding Demko due to their inability to force Bellevilles players away from the net
  • Zack MacEwen had a good game lot of chances for him
  • Lukas Jasek had a pretty solid game as well, fought really hard and barring the line-change miscue, was pretty sound defensively and offensively. He seems to do well with anyone as a linemate, looked good with MacEwen.
  • Demko did really well all things considered, he was left out to dry on NUMEROUS occasions tonight, and had to bail out his defenders with highlight reel saves several times.
  • Powerplay went 0 for 4 (technically 0 for 3, as their first powerplay was only 5 seconds long).


Comets Three Stars

  1. Zack MacEwen – Only registered 1 shot on goal tonight but he had a lot of good scoring opportunities generated from his drives to the net and his passing. A really solid overall game from him
  2. Michael Carcone – the speed on this guy will probably earn him a call-up at some point. Good to see a game from him, which sees him have consistent offensive output and chance generation
  3. Thatcher Demko – he bailed his team out so hard this game, he probably kept this from being like a 7-2 blowout.


What’s Next?


After Fridays game the Comets moved on to Laval to face the Canadiens farm team. I’ll probably have a Farmies for this episode posted Sunday! Laval are 8th in the North Division and have lost 4 of their last 5. Comets need a statement win going against the Rocket to move along from the dismal third period showing from Friday; Yes I know I’m writing as if its Friday looking ahead to Saturday, but it makes for a better read 😀


Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!

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