Cull: 15 penalties a 'gross number'

The Comets know what needs to be fixed after dropping their first two games of the season to the Marlies.  They can't commit 15 penalties over a two-game stretch and expect to win.

"(Fifteen penalties) is a gross number," head coach Trent Cull said.  "You don't win in this league taking that amount of penalties and we also can't be taking four (penalties) in the first period of each game."

Penalties aside, the Comets actually returned to Utica feeling pretty good about how they played in Toronto.

"I thought we played fast," Carter Bancks said.  "I thought we played hard and I thought we competed.  We scored on the power play and had some good looks so there's a lot of encouraging signs."

Despite those encouraging signs, Cull made sure the intensity was high during Tuesday's practice.

"We want to get better," Cull said.  "We didn't win so we have to find a way to get better and that's my job."

The Comets will now be sitting and waiting before returning to game action on Friday against Rochester.

"I wish we were playing Tuesday or Wednesday," Bancks said.  "But it's kind of nice that we get some time to really come together as a team."

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