The Utica Comets swept the Laval Rockets in their best of three series and will advance to face off against the Toronto Marlies starting Thursday night. The Marlies were the top team of the North Division, so this should pose a difficult challenge for the Comets. Up for the post-season challenge thus far has been Nico Daws who surrendered only one goal in 59 shots in the series for a ridiculous .983%.
As expected, Alexander Holtz returned to the lineup and picked up an assist in the 4-0 series opener. Veteran Ryan Schmelzer scored twice in the tilt with Aarne Talvitie and Reilly Walsh picking up the other tallies. [UticaComets.Com]
Simon Nemec was a big factor in game two, setting up both Comets goals. The first came on a pass to Reilly Walsh who tied the game with two seconds left in the third period.
Did this just happen????? pic.twitter.com/BdAXmMupeK— x - Utica Comets (@UticaComets) April 22, 2023
Nemec wasn’t done. The Comets finished off the Rockets in overtime on his pass to Samuel Laberge.
GOODNIGHT!!!!! pic.twitter.com/iusYpTRE7k— x - Utica Comets (@UticaComets) April 22, 2023
Here is the schedule for those interested courtesy of the Marlies.
Thursday, April 27 Game 1 – Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies 7:00 p.m. EST
Saturday, April 29 Game 2 – Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies 4:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, May 3 Game 3 – Toronto Marlies at Utica Comets 7:00 p.m. EST
Friday, May 5 *Game 4 – Toronto Marlies at Utica Comets 7:00 p.m. EST
Sunday, May 7 *Game 5 – Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies 4:00 p.m. EST *If necessary
AROUND THE POOL
- As of Saturday afternoon, Topias Vilen (LD) and the Pelicans are down 2-1 in their series with Tappara. [Pribalt]
- Chase Stillman (RW) and the Peterborough Petes have advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.
- Simon Nemec is starting to shine and now has a 83% star probability according to modeling. Here is his updated player card compared to David Jiricek from the same draft.
After a slow start, it seems like Nemec has arrived. Here’s player cards comparing Nemec and Jiricek, courtesy of @JLStoller #NJDevils https://t.co/AWsihqyasZ pic.twitter.com/DRjDfqOXBz— Sam (@Samaold1) April 22, 2023
- Congratulations to Petr Hauser for leading Sparta Praha U20 to their first Juniors championship in 29 years.
#NJDevils Prospect Alert— Daniel Rebain (@pvtmcbain) April 20, 2023
Petr Hauser and Sparta Praha U20's won their first junior title in 29 years. Hauser was a KEY part to why they won:
- 10 Goals
- 19 Assists
- 44 PIMs
Hopefully Hauser will get games with the first team next season in the Extraliga . pic.twitter.com/gl2fImmLBf
- Nikola Pasic will be playing in the SHL next season.
After his 52 point season down in the second division, Nikola Pasic makes the jump back to the SHL signing with Lulea.— Daniel Rebain (@pvtmcbain) April 17, 2023
Pasic's draft rights expire this summer, meaning Pasic will no longer be a #NJDevils prospect. Good luck next season in the SHL Nikola. https://t.co/UbzEWwUKuD
- Looks like Arseni Gritsyuk is having trouble negotiating his next contract with Avangard.
Developing news on #NJDevils prospect Arseni Gritsyuk contract talks #KHL pic.twitter.com/BOE8gxalv2— Hockey News Hub (@HockeyNewsHub) April 18, 2023
Now it is time to tell us what you think about the Utica Comets or anything Devil-prospect related. Let us know in the comments below.