Arseneau powers Comets over host Crunch

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SYRACUSE — When Vincent Arseneau makes a big impact for the Utica Comets, it’s usually with his physical play. Saturday night, he scored two goals to power the team to a 4-2 win against the Syracuse Crunch on the road.

The Comets’ win was the second straight, and they have taken points in five straight games. They sit one point behind the Hershey Bears for first place in the North Division. They’re now 5-1-1 on the season.

In the first period, Arseneau scored his second goal is as many games when he wristed a shot past the glove of Syracuse goalie Samuel Montembeault 2:03 into the game. It was the Comets’ first shot of the game.

The Comets built a 2-0 lead on a power play goal by Kole Lind, who deflected a Mitch Reinke one-timer home at 8:42 of the first. With the Comets up 2-0, Sven Baertschi was awarded a penalty shot but failed to convert. Minutes later, Syracuse cut the Comets lead to 2-1.

In the middle frame, Montembeault mishandled the puck behind his net and Arseneau took advantage for his second tally of the game as he gave the Comets a 3-1 lead at 13:01.

The Crunch answered back to cut the lead to one goal with 3:19 left in the second period. The only goal of the final period was an empty netter by Baertschi.

Utica netminder Jake Kielly stopped 28 shots to earn his second win of the season.

The Comets ended the game 1-for-5 on the power play while they held the Crunch scoreless on six power plays of their own.

Utica will be back in action again when they visit Rochester on Wednesday night at 7:05.

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