The Utica Comets got a boost from a pair of defensemen Saturday night.

Philip Holm was the one to help put an exclamation point on a Comets’ comeback against the Binghamton Devils.

Holm scored from the point with 32.6 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Comets earn a 3-2 overtime victory against the Devils as Utica reached the midpoint of the season at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Holm’s eighth goal of the season came after a short pass from fellow defenseman Adam Comrie. The Swedish defenseman’s laser-like blast found its way through some traffic in front and past Mackenzie Blackwood 10 seconds into a power play. The goal also gave Holm six power-play goals this season, which puts him second among American Hockey League defensemen. He has 20 points this season, which leads Comets' defensemen.

Holm’s goal helped the Comets, the No. 9 power-play unit in the AHL, finish 2-for-4 on the power play. Utica has eight power-play goals in their last five games.

Comrie scored twice – his second with 3:50 remaining in the third forced overtime – and added an assist for the Comets. Richard Bachman was sharp for the Comets in totaling 31 saves – including 22 over the final two periods of regulation to improve his record to 4-7-2.

The overtime win gave the fourth-place Comets (17-14-4-3, 41 points) their fourth victory in five games and helped them earn at least a point in 17 out of the last 22 games (11-5-4-2) despite numerous injuries. On Saturday, the injury list included at least nine players – including Carter Bancks and Patrick Wiercioch.

Bracken Kearns, the captain for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Classic later this month in Utica, opened the scoring 1:48 into the game. Kearns redirected in a shot by Josh Jacobs that also deflected off Ben Thomson’s stick for his eighth of the season for the Devils (11-20-5-2, 29 points), who have lost four consecutive games and are at the bottom of the North Division.

The Comets, answered back later in period with help from the power play, which went 0-for-8 the previous night. Two players on professional tryout contracts contributed to the goal.

Dylan Blujus sent the puck to Comrie, who was back at defense after playing seven games as a forward. Comrie, who was standing at the top of the right circle, quickly fired and beat Blackwood’s glove with 7:04 remaining. Blackwood finished with 29 saves.

The Devils regained the lead with a goal early in the second when Tim Kennedy tipped in a shot from in front at the 3:45 mark. The goal was Kennedy’s first of the season.

Bachman was solid for the Comets – who were outshot 15-4 in the period – while Utica was forced to kill three penalties over about five minutes, including a 5-on-3 for 1:25. The Comets finished 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Bachman had two big stops late when the turned aside chances by Nick Lappin and Kearns.

The Comets had their chances throughout the third period – Ashton Sautner, Reid Boucher and Zack MacEwen among them — and broke through late to force overtime.

On the Comets’ tying goal, Comrie fired a big shot from the high slot through traffic that found its way past Blackwood for his fifth of the season. Boucher (15th of the season) and Cam Darcy (11th), back after missing eight games with an injury, each added assists on the goal. Comrie has four goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.


Comets 3, Devils 2 (OT)

Utica;1;0;1;1 - 3

Binghamton;1;1;0;0 - 2

1st Period: 1, Binghamton, Kearns 8 (Thomson, Jacobs), 1:48. 2, Utica, Comrie 4 (Blujus), 12:56 (PP). Penalties-Kennedy Bng (tripping), 3:12; Thomson Bng (roughing), 11:33; Boucher Uti (hooking), 19:48.

2nd Period: 3, Binghamton, Kennedy 1 (Latta, Kapla), 3:45. Penalties-Dziurzynski Uti (tripping), 11:44; Hamilton Uti (hooking), 12:19; Blujus Uti (hooking), 16:28.

3rd Period: 4, Utica, Comrie 5 (Boucher, Darcy), 16:10. Penalties-Arseneau Uti (roughing), 5:21; Thomson Bng (roughing), 5:21; Dyblenko Bng (interference), 9:35; Sautner Uti (interference), 18:16.

OT Period: 5, Utica, Holm 8 (Comrie, Archibald), 4:27 (PP). Penalties-Strait Bng (interference), 4:17.

Shots on Goal-Utica 15-5-9-3-32. Binghamton 8-14-8-3-33.

Power Play Opportunities-Utica 2 / 4; Binghamton 0 / 5.

Goalies-Utica, Bachman 4-7-2 (33 shots-31 saves). Binghamton, Blackwood 4-10-4 (32 shots-29 saves).


Referees-Corey Syvret (42), Guillaume Labonte (35).

Linesmen-Jason Brown (44), Brian Wasilewski (79).