Utica looks to push its team-record best start to seven consecutive games when they make their only visit of the year to Hershey on Saturday.
What: Utica Comets at Hershey Bears.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.
Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com (subscription-based service).
Season series: It is the first of two meetings between the Eastern Conference teams. The Bears won the last meeting 4-1 on April 13 in Hershey.
ABOUT THE BEARS: Hershey is 4-3-1-0 and coming off a 5-1 loss Wednesday at Rochester to conclude a four-game road trip ... Forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby has points in four straight games collecting four goals, one assist... Forward Mike Sgarbossa leads the team with four goals and eight points. ... Forward Matt Moulson has played 953 pro games. He has two goals and six points with Hershey this season.
ABOUT THE COMETS: Utica is 6-0-0-0 following a 5-1 takedown of Binghamton on Friday to close a four-game homestand. It is the second time in seven seasons the team has been over .500 through six games. They were also 4-1-1-0 in 2014-15. ... The team has outscored opponents, 34-12. They are averaging an AHL-best 5.67 goals per game. No other team is averaging more than 3.86. ... Reid Boucher has scored in every game he's played this season and leads the AHL with nine goals and 12 points. Boucher has 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games in the month of October over the past three seasons with Utica. ... Francis Perron had three assists Friday while playing with Vincent Arseneau (two goals) and Carter Bancks (goal, assist). Perron has a four-game point streak. Perron, an AHL All-Star last season, has a goal and four assists in four games this year. ... Zane McIntyre has a 1.98 goals-against average after winning his fourth start Friday. Mike DiPietro has a 2.00 goals-against average in winning two starts.
COMETS INJURIES: Forward Jonah Gadjovich has an upper-body “strain” according to Cull. He missed the last two games and is not expected to be an option for the weekend. ... Center Tyler Graovac (leg/knee; injured Oct. 5 at Binghamton) is also not expected to be an option for weekend, according to Cull.
COMETS DEALS: Center Adam Gaudette was assigned to the Comets on Thursday. He played Friday. ... Defenseman Mitch Eliot was assigned to Kalamazoo on Thursday. He played one game with Kalamazoo earlier this month. ... Ashton Sautner was assigned to the team on Wednesday. He played Friday.