This was supposed to be the point in the season where the Comets took off. Instead, the team had to settle for just one win through their first three home games.
“We were not used to playing at home,” head coach Trent Cull said. “It’s certainly a change for our guys and we have to become more acclimated to that.”
It appeared the Comets had finally settled in at the newly renovated Aud when they led 2-0 after two periods against Rochester on Saturday night. However, the Amerks stormed back to tie it before Utica held on to win in a shootout.
“You can’t get too high and you can’t get too low,” goaltender Richard Bachman said. “We were playing well, getting chances and then they scored, but we didn’t slow down. You didn’t see any real panic. We knew there was a lot of time left and we trusted each other.”
While the adjustment to playing at home is still in the works, it should become smoother moving forward with the Comets playing six of their next nine games at home.
“We need to set a precedence that this is going to be a tough building to play in,” Bachman said. “We want to establish that culture right away especially now that we have some home games. I think Saturday was the first step in doing that and now we have to make it tough on Charlotte this week.”
In two meetings against the Checkers so far, neither game was close and each team picked up a convincing win.
“I don’t think it’s going to be the same this time,” Michael Chaput said. “We know what to expect from each other and both teams are going to play hard.”
Puck drop is set for just after 7pm on Wednesday night.