The Utica Comets try again for their first win of the season when they play at North Division rival Rochester. The game, which is the first of two meetings between the teams over the next eight days in Rochester, is part of seven consecutive road games to open the season for the Comets.
Game time: 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Where: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester.
Broadcast: 94.9 FM KROCK.
Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.
Records: Comets 0-2-0-0; Americans 2-0-0-0
Season series: Friday is the first eight meetings between the teams this season. The Comets were 3-4-1 last season against Rochester, but are 20-15-1 in the last four seasons.
Notes: The Comets are 8-9-1-0 in games played in Rochester. … On Wednesday, the Comets signed Brendan Woods to a professional tryout. His dad is Bob Woods, who played for the Utica Devils and is now an assistant for the Minnesota Wild. … Reid Boucher, who has three assists through two games, has four goals and four assists in his last six AHL games. … Darren Archibald needs 10 goals to tie the franchise mark set by Alex Grenier (67). … The Comets have eight players who are qualify as veteran status, meaning three will have to sit out each game. Last weekend, Jaime Sifers, Anton Rodin and Patrick Wiercioch were scratched. ... Thatcher Demko and Richard Bachman split starts for the Comets last weekend against Toronto. Comets head coach Trent Cull didn’t publicly reveal who would start as of Thursday. … Linus Ullmark, who had a league-most 55 appearances with Rochester last season, was 4-2 against the Comets last season. He allowed more than two goals twice. … Rookie C.J. Smith leads the team with 3 points. Former Comets defenseman Taylor Fedun is on the Rochester roster
Injuries: Zack MacEwen (upper-body) and Cam Darcy (lower-body) were each listed as day-to-day on Thursday, according to head coach Trent Cull.
Transactions: Defenseman Anton Cederholm was assigned to the ECHL on Wednesday.
Comets leaders: Reid Boucher 0-3-3
Nikolay Goldobin 1-1-2
Carter Bancks 1-1-2
Alexis D’Aoust 1-0-0
Joseph LaBate 1-0-0
Comets goaltenders: Thatcher Demko 2.05/.923/0-1-0
Richard Bachman 4.04/.882/0-1-0
Rochester leaders: C.J. Smith 1-2-3
Justin Bailey 2-0-2
Kyle Criscuolo 1-1-2
Zach Redmond 0-2-2
Rochester goaltenders: Linus Ullmark 1.00/.966/1-0
Adam Wilcox 1.99/.923/1-0-0