UTICA SURPRISE BY LEHIGH VALLEY SATURDAY

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April 2, 2022

Utica, NY – For the fourth and final time in the regular season, the Comets faced off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Dropping two of the previous three games, including a road game in Allentown, the Phantoms got things going against Utica. The Comets had a two-goal lead evaporated on three straight goals by the Phantoms and lost the game, 3-2.

In the first period, it was the Comets who struck on the power play and the goal was scored by rookie Brian Halonen in his second professional game. While a shot from forward Tyce Thompson was stopped, a rebound went past Lehigh goaltender Felix Sandstrom. Halonen drove the net with his stick down the ice and shot the puck into the net at 12:06. The Comets led the period 1-0.

The power play was successful again for the Comets when Tyce Thompson, who scored the previous night for Utica at home, added another goal in his second game after injury during his one-time setup by Robbie Russo at 3: 04. It was Thompson’s sixth goal this season. The Phantoms pushed back with a power play goal after Garrett Wilson scored at 16:25. The Comets left the second period still in place, this time by a score of 2-1.

In the final period of regulation, the Phantoms tied the game after a wrist shot from Adam Clendening passed a masked Mitens at 7:43. Despite numerous late chances, the Comets were defeated by the Phantoms, 3-2.

Comets head home to celebrate Marty Brodeur Bobblehead Night on Wednesday, April 6and at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available. You can buy them by going to uticacomets.com/tickets.

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