12/28/18 – Utica Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch

It’s a busy, BUSY weekend for the Farm this weekend folks; The Comets return to action for their 2nd of a triple header this weekend facing off against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s farmteam the Syracuse Crunch! The Crunch are riding hot on a 3 game win streak, wheras the Comets are coming off their first back-to-back losses since mid-November. The physicality of Binghamton really took its toll on the team; splitting the December series against the Devils 2-2, where the Comets just got absolutely battered, with serious injuries coming to Jonathan Dahlen and Ashton Sautner, and minor ones to Jamie Sifers and Dylan Blujus.


Despite all those aforementioned injuries, the Comets persevered and have managed to go 7-3-1-0 through the month of December; with the Comets picking up their most impressive victories to date against the league leading Charlotte Checkers while missing practically the majority of their core players. Comets are 8-4-0-1 coming off a loss this season, and I’m sure looking ahead to their 3rd game in 3 nights, they won’t want to go into their final home game of the year on 3 straight losses. With that little pre-amble out of the way let’s get into tonight’s lineup where it appears Cull has shaken things up a bit in lieu of facing a much less “old-school” style of hockey, team.


Starting Lineup


Jasek Kero Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce Archibald
MacMaster Darcy MacEwen
Arseneau Bancks Lind
Brisebois McEneny
Dirk Blujus
Graham Sifers
Ivan Kulbakov


Cameranesi Saucerman


RE: Benchings

Due to the nature of the triple-header, Demko sits to avoid 7 straight starts, so Ivan Kulbakov gets the start tonight…Hopefully he’s worked on his glove side since he was last seen in net for the Comets! Rightly so, Jagger Dirk gets slotted back in alongside Dylan Blujus while Saucerman sits…Saucerman still is very competent as a defenseman, but Dirk has definitely showed more promise on Blujus side. It’s a good problem to have when your two ECHL call-ups can BOTH slot in and be effective contributors to the team.


Still the same old injuries; Gadjovich apparently IS an option for the weekend game, but that remains to be seen.

Injury Report
Bachman Chatfield Gadjovich Hamilton Juolevi Sautner Woods
Achilles lower body lower body concussion Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee lower body


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 White



Score at the end of the first period: 3-0 Crunch


Outshot 18 to 9…frankly I’m pretty shocked the Comets even HAD 9 shots because it felt like they were just late to the puck the entire period. There’s been some absolutely brutal officiating tonight as well; no clue how that reckless and dangerous elbow doesn’t get more than just 2 minutes? Also it really doesn’t speak well to the managements prep for this season if literally NONE of the centers can carry the puck through center and enter the zone. The only guy who CAN enter the zone is Gaunce but he seemingly only does it on a man-disadvantage, and does it through the wing as its clearly where he’s more comfortable playing. If the Comets can’t figure out a way to maintain possession while crossing into the Crunch’ offensive zone, then I do not expect this game to be remotely competitive. Also…Kulbakov…bro….your glove side man…


2nd Period



The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 6-1


Comets outshot the Crunch 13 to 12…but it didn’t matter….Comets powerplay 0 for 5. What more can I say that doesn’t sound like a broken record at this point…Powerplay is predictable and stale… Not exactly sure WHY every Comet tonight is just taking their sweet time cherry picking their shots…JUST FUCKING ONE TIME IT. Also I can’t REALLY fault Demko on the two goals against…one was a super flukey bounce off Sifers toe, and the other was a breakaway from out of the penalty box that none of the Comets were ready for. Having no real warmup in preparation for this game and having played last night, I’m sure he’s just in an “oh well” state right now. Going to be another long 20 minutes unfortunately.


3rd Period



Final Score: 10-1 Syracuse Crunch




Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Syracuse Nolan Valleau Taylor Raddysh Boris Katchouk 5v5
1st Syracuse Carter Verheaghe Taylor Raddysh Gabriel Dumont 5v5
1st Syracuse Cal Foote Boris Katchouk Taylor Raddysh PPG
2nd Syracuse Troy Bourke Olivier Archambault Dennis Yan 5v5
2nd Syracuse Carter Verhaeghe 5v5
2nd Utica Vincent Arseneau Cam Darcy Dylan Blujus 5v5
2nd Syracuse Cory Conacher Gabriel Dumont Taylor Raddysh SHG
3rd Syracuse Gabriel Dumont Andy Andreoff Cameron Gaunce SHG
3rd Syracuse Boris Katchouk Taylor Raddysh Cal Foote SHG
3rd Syracuse Cal Foote Ross Colton Troy Bourke 5v5
3rd Syracuse Dennis Yan Troy Bourke Alexander Volkov 5v5



  • absolutely forgettable night of play for the Comets
  • the team needs a shooting coach or something, the number of shots that sailed wide of the net was fucking ridiculous. Outshot 41 to 33, but I bet it’d be a bit more even if the Comets could collectively wire a one-timer on the net.
  • I’m going to take the blame for tonights huge loss, as I jinxed Kulbakov by hoping his glove side kinks had been worked out. I think 5 of the shots tonight were gloveside, 2 were shots across his crease that he was late getting to, one a screened wrister over his blocker side, and the other 2 were close over his blocker side. So oops..my bad Kuby my bad!
  • spectacularly bad night from our forwards…outside of Darcy and Lind, they were all collectively invisible. Dahlen while he had some nice passes, blew a golden opportunity to try and close the gap and whiffed badly…MacEwen was struggling tonight to get anything going with his linemates. MacMaster had a brutal game, bunch of turnovers and bad passes, sailed every shot wide of the goal…not really sure what the team expects from him at this point. Jasek Kero and Boucher collectively couldn’t maintain any possession in the Crunch’ zone long enough to get offense generated. Archibald and Gaunce had many decent drives but looked tired nearly every time. Lind and Arseneau continue to have pretty decent chemistry when paired alongside Cam Darcy.
  • The defense tonight was just atrocious though, so many bad pinches, or shots that sailed so far wide of the net only to ricochet around the boards to give the Crunch a breakaway opportunity. Sifers in particular had a rough night, as did Jesse Graham who got outmuscled in a lot of key battles tonight…I like his speed and offensive game, but if you can’t muscle anyone off the puck when that’s how they beat you on every play, it isn’t going to go well…speaking of can’t outmuscle anyone…anyone wondering about Brisebois up with the Canucks should rewatch this game…absolutely invisible offensively and defensively…I call him Breezebois because whenever he goes to hit anybody or outmuscle anybody, it’s like a light breeze…he just has no strength.


Comets Three Stars

  1. Jagger Dirk and Dylan Blujus for somehow ending the game with a +/- of 0
  2. Joe Roberts on the mic for not calling it a night after the second period and going home early
  3. Kole Lind for trying even when it was legitimately pointless to spend the effort to try and score


What’s Next?


Sigh…the Comets are back at it again tomorrow night against the North Divisions’ leader, the Rochester Americans. I’m sure that, coming off 3 straight losses, and a record setting embarrassment against the Crunch tonight, the Comets will surely show some kind of spark or fire in their final game of 2018 to give the home crowd something to be hopeful for in the new year!…lord knows the boys need it.

Fix the powerplay,

and oh yeah

Fuck Messier.


As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies even though in THIS particular edition there really wasn’t much to admire… but as per usual, 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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