With a light schedule in the first two weeks of the season, the Utica Comet spent some time putting in work.

That effort helped Saturday in rallying back in just their second game of the season at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Comets capitalized on their only opportunity of overtime as young forward Lukas Jasek scored backdoor, shoveling in the puck with 1:42 remaining as the Comets edged the Penguins 4-3 for a thrilling win at Mohegan Sun Arena.

For Jasek — the 22-year-old Czech forward who is missed some time with lower-body injury in beginning his second full season with the Comets -- it is his third game-winning goal.

After Carter Bancks forced overtime with 2:19 to play, goaltender Zane McIntyre was key in the 3-on-3 overtime as he denied the Penguins on multiple chances.

The Comets went the other way and veteran forward Sven Baertschi — who joined the Comets this week — sent the puck to rookie defenseman Brogan Rafferty in the slot. There, Rafferty deftly sent a backhand feed to an unchecked Jasek on the side of the crease for his first of the season past Emil Larmi, who was making his AHL debut.

The goal helped the Comets win back-to-back games to start the season for first time in the team’s seven seasons. The Comets have won both games by a goal.

Reid Boucher continued his hot start with a pair of goals to bring his total to four and Baertschi added a pair of assists for the Comets, who play their home opener Wednesday against Syracuse to begin a four-game homestand. The team also faces good tests at home Friday (Charlotte) and Saturday (Rochester).

In his second start with the Comets, McIntyre turned in another solid performance making 37 saves. Six of those happened in overtime, with one of his biggest on Matt Abt as the defenseman drove to the net on the left side with 3:35 to play.

The Comets needed overtime after allowing a 2-0 lead slip away following goals 2:01 apart by Boucher  in the first period. Both goals — including one on the power play -- came from different spots in the right circle. The Comets finished 1-for-5 on the power play.

The Penguins’ power play took advantage in the second period with a pair of quick goals. Wilkes-Barre took the lead with about 11 minutes to play when Anthony Angello scored on a breakaway after he stepped out of the penalty box.

The Comets had few chances in the third before Ashton Sautner put a shot on net that trickled past Baertschi and Bancks, who stuffed in his first of the season.

Notes: Nikolay Goldobin also had an assist in his first game of the season with the Comets. ... Olli Juolevi also earned his first assist of the season on Boucher's second goal. ... Boucher is tied for the AHL lead in goals through Saturday's games. ... Wacey Hamilton was a healthy veteran scratch. The team was forced to sit one as they are over the AHL's veteran limit.

 

Comets 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Utica;2;0;1;1 - 4

WB/Scranton;0;2;1;0 - 3

1st Period-1, Utica, Boucher 3 (Camper), 17:40. 2, Utica, Boucher 4 (Juolevi, Goldobin), 19:41 (PP). Penalties-Lind Uti (high-sticking), 1:41; Almari Wbs (slashing), 8:25; Warsofsky Wbs (tripping), 19:19.

2nd Period-3, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Noesen 4 (Warsofsky, Palve), 3:13 (PP). 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Warsofsky 1 (Agozzino, Palve), 8:49 (PP). Penalties-Arseneau Uti (hooking), 3:07; Abt Wbs (tripping), 6:01; served by Stevenson Uti (bench minor - too many men), 8:37; Jasek Uti (hooking), 14:51; Almari Wbs (interference), 17:41.

3rd Period-5, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Angello 2 (Lizotte), 8:56. 6, Utica, Bancks 1 (Baertschi, Sautner), 17:41. Penalties-Angello Wbs (roughing), 6:48; Arseneau Uti (roughing), 10:37.

OT Period-7, Utica, Jasek 1 (Rafferty, Baertschi), 3:19. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Utica 11-10-9-1-31. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 10-14-10-6-40.

Power Play Opportunities-Utica 1 / 5; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 / 5.

Goalies-Utica, McIntyre 2-0-0 (40 shots-37 saves). Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Larmi 0-0-1 (31 shots-27 saves).

A-6,131

Referees-Olivier Gouin (54), Carter Sandlak (6).

Linesmen-Jud Ritter (34), J.P. Waleski (14).