Clock ticking for Comets playoff push

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The Comets may be down, but they’re not out.

Entering Wednesday’s action, they trailed the Belleville Senators by four points for a spot in the postseason with eight games remaining.

“We pretty much have to win every game from now on,” Reid Boucher said.  “We have to go in with that mindset.  We can’t be out competed or out-battled.  We have to do whatever it takes to win games.”

Despite having one win in their last 10 games and not winning in regulation since Feb. 13, a stretch of 17 games, the Comets still feel very much alive.

“We just have to keep pushing forward and keep trying to get points,” Boucher said.  “It’s very doable.”

The Comets snapped their eight-game losing streak with a shootout win over the Rocket on Friday night, but fell back to Earth against Syracuse on Saturday losing 6-2.

“Chances were 13-13 after the second period,” head coach Trent Cull said.  “Unfortunately, they had five goals at that point and we had two.  It’s one of those things where when we get a chance to convert, we need to and hopefully we can stop them when they get their chances.”

Boucher returned to the lineup after being out since March 6th against the Crunch.  His presence should benefit the Comets.

“We have to get him back up to pace,” Cull said.  “He’s a dynamic player at this level.  We need to have that skill level and hopefully it will help the guys around him be able to make some more plays.”

The Comets are still dealing with holes at other positions, including on defense.  Jalen Chatfield joined Ashton Sautner, Evan McEneny, Guillaume Brisebois, Luke Schenn and Olli Juolevi as either being hurt or in Vancouver.

“We’re missing clientele,” Cull said.  There’s no way we can make up for that, so we’re trying to do as much as we can.  We’re trying to re-vamp some systems to try to simplify our game and put guys in better positions to succeed.”

The Comets return to action on Friday night to face the Toronto Marlies at the Adirondack Bank Center.

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