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Comets Lose to Albany Devils in Home Opener

The area around the Utica Memorial Auditorium was transformed tonight, a sea of Central New York hockey fans ushering in the Utica comets return to the area. With a passionate fan base and a newly renovated arena, the season holds a lot of meaning for the area.
The area around the Utica Memorial Auditorium was transformed tonight, a sea of Central New York hockey fans ushering in the Utica comets return to the area. With a passionate fan base and a newly renovated arena, the season holds a lot of meaning for the area. Unfortunately, the Comets were not able to bring home a win. Here's the final score from Wednesday night’s match up: Albany 4, Comets 1.
Despite the loss, fans came out strong tonight enjoying the new AUD and all of the renovations and showing their support and team spirit till the very end.
It was a full house tonight both inside and outside of the AUD. Fans spent the afternoon and into the evening showing their support for the comets at fan fest with food, drinks, live music, autograph signings and a fireworks show. The crowd then moved into the AUD to fill just about every seat in the arena and those who did not have tickets were able to watch the game on a big screen just outside the AUD.
Inside, fans say they were blown away by the newly renovated auditorium and just happy to be a part of the Utica hockey scene once again.
"I was around when the AUD was first built, that's how old I am, with the arterial, this place is awesome,” says Comets fan Paul Buckley. “They've renovated the place, the locker rooms, the whole place looks brand new, it's lovely, the next generation of people, the fans, it's awesome."
"It's about being out, it's about supporting the team, having the community come out and get together, that's all it's about, win or lose or draw we're here and we're supporting the team,” says Craig Manderson.
"This is an awesome thing that's happening for our city and the people in the area and it's not a matter of winning or losing it's a matter of being alive and we got pro hockey back and it's a great quality of life for our area,” said Jim Mancuso.
The Comets will play their next game at home on Friday against the Syracuse Crunch. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 pm.

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