1/19/19 – Utica Comets vs. Belleville Senators



Cheers folks, Farmies coming at you hot and heavy with the double header action this weekend! Tonight should be a doozy, the Comets are streaking hard and look to extend their January record to 8-1-1-0 today against the Belleville Senators.

Quick note: I’m probably going to call them the Binghamton Senators, the Belleville Devils etc… those bloody back to back B’s are gonna bust my balls


Back to reality! The Comets are currently losing the head-to-head season record (1w-1l-0-1soL), but the scoring line is close having been outscored 10-9 across those 3 contests. The Comets have been lights out at home this January and against this slumping Senators team I expect nothing different than their past couple of efforts at home. We’ve been getting absolutely great games from our Rookies who’ve really started to come into their own in this latter half of the season, and I’m excited to see them carry that momentum into today’s game!


Looks like recent PTO pick up Michael Leighton will be making his debut for the Comets today as well which will come as a welcome relief to starter Ivan Kulbakov who’s been absolutely lights out in this January stretch but I doubt he wants to do another double header weekend again. With all that lets get into todays afternoon matchup!


Starting Lineup


Pyatt Gaudette Boucher
Dahlen Gaunce MacEwen
Bancks Darcy Lind
Gadjovich Woods MacMaster
Brisebois Blujus
McEneny Sifers
Graham Saucerman
Michael Leighton


Looks like the only changes since yesterday are MacMaster and Gadjovich switching wings…I’m pretty sure they were playing this way last game, so that might’ve just been a typo on my part.






Injury Report
Arseneau Bachman Chatfield Hamilton Jasek Juolevi Sautner
Undisclosed Out for the Season foot Undisclosed Sick Out for the season his fucking faceeeeeee


No changes since last night.


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 a green/black alternate tonight



Score at the end of the first period: 2-2 Tie


Period kind of got away from the Comets there for the second half of the first…looked to have struggled to find any meaningful offense in the Senators zone. Pretty bad penalty from Dahlen that lost the lead for the Comets, but it appeared to be a pretty soft call so I don’t think he’ll face any kind of “poor performance benching’s” from Cull. They definitely need to shore their game up though for the second to avoid letting this game get away from them


2nd Period



The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-2 Belleville


Forgettable period of hockey, Comets looked lethargic, lazy and just looked like they had nothing in the tank to even attempt sustained pressure in the Senators zone… outshot 11 to 6 in the second, 21 to 15 so far. Not sure if the team playing right now has enough in the tank to try and overcome this 2 goal deficit…they certainly showed nothing in the 2nd period that warranted positive feelings haha


3rd Period



Final Score: 5-2 Belleville Senators




Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Evan McEneny Adam Gaudette Reid Boucher PPG
1st Utica Zack MacEwen 5v5
1st Belleville Morgan Klimchuk Drake Batherson Stuart Percy 5v5
1st Belleville Morgan Kilmchuk Drake Batherson Stefan Elliott PPG
2nd Belleville Darren Archibald Chase Blisy Adam Tambellini 5v5
2nd Belleville Cody Goloubef Jack Rodewald Darren Archibald PPG
3rd Belleville Max McCormick Jack Rodewald EN



  • Well ya cant win em all, and despited a 2 goal lead early today, the Comets just didn’t have anything in the tank to prevent the Senators momentum. Decent games from all, but hard to say anyone stood out due to the exhaustion that clearly affected this team from the get-go.
  • Hard to really evaluate our rookies and players overall for this one because it genuinely seemed like this team was just fighting fatigue more than anything. Just didn’t have the energy for sustained pressure…that 2nd and 3rd period were a slog to watch as they just didn’t get anything substantial going. Didn’t seem like they even remotely had a chance to regain the lead or even tie the game.
  • That being said, the Sens were coming off a back-to-back against the Syracuse Crunch coming into today’s game, so can’t just write it off due to exhaustion because the Sens could also make that excuse, but they showed up big and rattled off 5 unanswered goals straight to put this one away…so conditioning needs to be worked on from our team given that the back half of this schedule is a lot more 3 games in 4 nights, including two triple-headers to end their season in April.


Comets Three Stars

  1. Evan McEneny
  2. Zack MacEwen
  3. the fans for having to sit through this game during an ongoing ice storm, godspeed to those loyal fans


What’s Next?


Comets are taking a much needed rest after 3 games in 4 days, they will go into next weeks AHL All-Star break only having played once next week, which will be an away game next Friday, when they visit their counterparts for first in the North Division, the Rochester Americans. Rochester plays twice before they meet Friday, so chances are that Rochester can gain a significant lead on first, and Utica drops to 3rd or lower. Regardless, the Comets are currently losing the season head-to-head record against the Amurks 2w-3L-0-0, and are getting blown out in the scoring too 22 to 12. Their last game against them was a very competitive match where the Comets won 4-3, however that WAS with Thatcher Demko in net, and as much as I love Kulbakov’s impressive stretch this January, he’s going to need to play the game of his life if he wants to try and even out the head-to-head record against the eastern conferences second best team.



Anyways that’s it for the Farmies for today, I’ll see you all next Friday for another recap and review. As always I 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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