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Utica Comets Off To Rocky Start But Spirits Are Still High

The Utica Comets are off to a bit of a rocky start in their inaugural season. Unfortunately, they've yet to win one game. It’s been a frustrating few weeks for the Comets and their fans.
The Utica Comets are off to a bit of a rocky start in their inaugural season. Unfortunately, they've yet to win one game. It’s been a frustrating few weeks for the Comets and their fans.
The team is 0-7-1-1 but staff members say despite the disappointing record, everyone is trying to stay positive.
"You know, professional sports is a funny thing, you know, one day you're on top, the next day you're on the bottom and we just happened to start off that way," says Rob Esche, President of the Utica Comets.
Esche knows from firsthand experience the ups and downs of a pro hockey season. He says the rough start to the season is a valuable lesson for the players.
“It’s part of the learning for young kids, we have some younger players on the team and when you go through these, it only makes you stronger when you come out,” said Esche.
League organizers say fans have been incredible in standing behind their team and it shows in the attendance records.
"We're getting over 28 hundred even on a Tuesday night which is, it's not unheard of but it's pretty good, it's a pretty good crowd and they're into it, we're down three goals, fans are still chanting 'let's go comets!'" said Mark Caswell Jr., Director of Communications for the Comets.
"Oddly enough, they've been extremely patient with us I think they know there's a lot of moving parts, they know that there was a lot of construction that was going on..." said Esche.
"It hasn't come out to be too great of a start but we're season ticket holders and we love coming to the games,” said Comets fan Vincent Nucci.
And there's one group of comets fans that say they support the team no matter what…The Junior Comets.
"This year they're doing good because it's their first year you guys should be happy because it's a pro team who cares if they win or lose and go comets!" says Jr. Comets player Josh Duval.
"I think they're doing good considering they haven't won any games but that's alright I mean it's been really close and I think their next game might be the lucky one,” says another Jr. Comets player.
The Comets play their next home game on Friday November 15th against the Rochester Americans.

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