Admirals Dropped in Shoot-Out
The Utica Comets scored three goals in four chances of the shootout to beat the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 Sunday in Utica, NY.
It was Milwaukee’s first-ever game in Utica.
Pascal Pelletier, Brandon DeFazio and David Marshall all scored in the skills competition. Mathieu Tousignant and Miikka Salomaki scored for the Admirals in the shootout.
Milwaukee claimed a 1-0 lead at 4:57 of the first period. After an Admirals power play failed to score, the Admirals kept the pressure on. Joe Piskula’s shot from the left circle was blocked down and Vinny Saponari slapped the puck into the net for his 14th goal of the season.
The Comets tied the game with a power play goal at 8:23 of the second period when Alexandre Grenier deflected a Frank Corrado shot past goalie Scott Darling into the net for his 17th goal of the season.
The Admirals reclaimed the advantage at 17:21 of the second period when Tousignant reached high with his left hand to catch a clearing attempt by the Utica defense. Touisignant went to the net and a breakaway and snapped a shot inside the left post for his sixth goal of the season.
The Comets tied the game again when Pelletier received a pass from Marshall in the Admirals left circle and snapped a shot past Darling for his 14th goal of the season.
Utica took its first lead of the game at 6:14 of the third period when DeFazio scored another Comets power play goal with a shot through traffic from between the circles.
Milwaukee’s Francis Wathier tied the score with his second goal as an Admiral at 15:19 of the third period. Austin Watson carried the puck and fought through a couple bodychecks to skate around the Utica net. He fed a pass to Wathier in the slot.
The Admirals conclude the four-game road trip Wednesday in Rochester. It will be the Admirals first game in Rochester since Nov. 2006.
Milwaukee returns home to host the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, March 28th at 7 pm. Fans can order tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by logging on to the Admirals website at www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Groups of ten or more receive a minimum of $2 off each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets fans should call (414) 227-0550.
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