The Comets open a three-game weekend against Atlantic Division opponent Charlotte. The game closes a three-game homestand for the Comets.
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium
Broadcast: 94.9 FM KROCK | AHLTV (Free during opening weekend)
Records: Comets (1-1-0-0); Checkers (2-0-0-0).
Season series: Friday is the first four meetings this season. The Comets were 1-3-0-0 last season against Charlotte.
Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.
Scratches: Dirk, Blujus, Jasek, Gaunce (DTD inj), Arseneau, Hamilton (WTW), Palmu, Carcone
Notes: With Friday’s game, the Comets begin a stretch of six games over the next nine days. … The Comets 1-1-0-0 start is their best since the team began 1-0-1-0 during the 2014-15 season. … Forward Zack MacEwen has continued his strong play from his rookie season, with back-to-back multi-point effort in the first two games. His four points (1-3-4) this season are tied for sixth in the AHL. … Reid Boucher and Jaime Sifers each served as alternate captains last weekend. Comets coach Trent Cull said he would likely rotate the duties to a handful of players, but didn’t say which ones. … The Comets are 3-for-7 (42.9%) on the power play in two games. That ranks third in the AHL. … Richard Bachman won his 44th game with the Comets on Saturday. He’s two back of Joacim Eriksson and three back of Thatcher Demko for goaltender wins with the Comets. … Fifth overall pick Olli Joulevi, who has been solid in his first two games, picked up his first AHL point assisting on Reid Boucher’s power play goal.
About the Checkers: Charlotte earned back-to-back wins over Rochester during opening weekend. ... Forward Nicolas Roy was selected the Player of the Week on Tuesday after totaling four goals and two assists last week. … Andrew Poturalski (2-3-5) and Janne Kuokkanen (2-2-4) are each in the top-10 in scoring after two games.
Injuries: Goaltender Thatcher Demko is on “non-roster injured reserve” and is in concussion protocol, though he’s making progress. His return is unclear. ... Wacey Hamilton (head/shoulder) is week-to-week and not expected to play this weekend. ... Brendan Gaunce (lower-body) is day-to-day. He left Thursday’s practice early and did not return.
Comets leaders: Zack MacEwen 1-3-4
Reid Boucher 3-0-3
Jonathan Dahlen 0-2-2
Tanner MacMaster 0-2-2
Tanner Kero 0-2-2
Comets goaltenders: Richard Bachman 1-1-0/3.53/.900
Ivan Kulbakov -- no starts this season