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Comets Gear Up For Their Next Home Game

The highly anticipated Utica Comets home opener may be behind us but the hockey buzz still surrounds the AUD. The Comets did not beat the Albany Devils but there's no time to dwell on the scoreboard.
The highly anticipated Utica Comets home opener may be behind us but the hockey buzz still surrounds the AUD. The Comets did not beat the Albany Devils but there's no time to dwell on the scoreboard. The team and crews are hard at work prepping for the next game on Friday.
Comets staff Eyewitness News spoke with say they're still trying to wrap their heads around the unbelievable turn out for the home opener. They say the fans far exceeded their expectations in terms of energy and support and their goal now is to make some adjustments and tweak a few things so that Friday's game exceeds the fan's expectations.
"You know you come up with a list of things that we could've done better or differently last night and we try and knock those things off the list for tomorrow,” says Brendan Burke, the radio broadcaster for the Comets.
"Just like every game we're going to look at what we did right, what we might have missed, maybe should change and we're going to adjust on the fly, it's a learning process especially since we only have one game under our belts," said Director of Communications for the Comets Mark Caswell Jr.
But there's not much time for this learning process. The Comets play their next game tomorrow night against the Syracuse Crunch, leaving organizers little time to smooth out the bumps.
"One stall in one of the women's rooms broke so we're repairing that today," said Frank Duross, Chairman of the Comets.
"There was a few broken seats they have to fix the seats, clean the glass, clean the restrooms, make sure everything is well stocked up for the next game,” said Carl Annese, Chairman of the AUD Authority.
Cleanup and ice crews came in around 10:30 last night and worked overnight preparing and shaving the ice so that the players could get back out in the rink by 6 am.
"I left the building about 2:15 in the morning and the cleaning crews were still working and when I came in this morning at 9:00, magically it was all cleaned,” said Annese.
There's one glitch from last night that no fix-it crew can repair, but in the end, it was arguably one of the best parts of the night
"I loved actually when the national anthem, when the mics went dead, and the crowd got behind it, I almost look at that as a tradition that maybe we'll do here in Utica it was unbelievable, it was moving," said Duross.
Friday night's game is not yet sold out, Caswell says there are still a couple hundred seats available. The Comets also play Saturday night against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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