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Comets Fans Take the Ice After the Team's First Win in 2014

For hockey fans the Comets’ home game win Wednesday against the Lake Erie Monsters was the perfect way to start the New Year. The Comets scared the Monsters winning three to two. Afterwards fans were invited to take to the ice with the players.
For hockey fans the Comets’ home game win Wednesday against the Lake Erie Monsters was the perfect way to start the New Year. The Comets scared the Monsters winning three to two. Afterwards fans were invited to take to the ice with the players.
You could barely move out there on the ice. Fans of all ages stuck around after the buzzer to take the ice with their hometown hockey heroes. As the Comets’ first game of 2014 came to a close, over 100 fans flooded the rink for a meet and greet on ice.
"I’m about to go out on the ice after the game with the comets and skate around,” said Waylon Esche.
"Skating around, meeting the players,” says Samantha.
“Going around with the comets and getting stuff signed,” said Chris.
Kids and adults whizzed around the rink of the Utica Memorial Auditorium stopping for pictures and autographs. Parents say the Comets involvement in the community has been one of the best parts of the team coming to town.
"I love it, it's a good thing to have them here in Utica and they are supportive of the area so I like having them here," said Heather Trask from Poland.
"We have season tickets, we love coming, they love skating so we're really excited,” says Kimberly Trevisani from Whitesboro.
Out on the ice it was hard to find a skating fan without a smile from head to blade.
"They're so excited about what they're doing here, I mean, they love being with the players and just being out on the ice it's great for them,” said Alexandra Lomanto, a Utica Comette.
The players say they enjoy these types of events just as much as the fans do.
"Just being a new team here you look forward to getting all of the opportunities to meet the fans here who come and support us every night so it's just good to be out here and celebrate the holidays with them,” says goaltender Joe Cannata.
"It’s fun you know, all of the kids, and the fans all get to skate with us and it's part of being a hockey players and part of being in a community,” said defenseman Yann Sauve.
Tickets for the game were sold for a special price of 14 dollars to ring in 2014. Central New York hockey families say a win plus an opportunity to skate is the perfect start to a new year.
The Comets play their next game on Friday against the Rochester Americans. The game is home and puck drop is at 7 pm.

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