Reid Boucher had a hat trick and the Utica Comets rode his coattails to a 5-1 victory over the Hartford Wolfpack on Sunday night at XL Center. For Boucher, it gave him 17 goals on the season and the Comets improved to 15-13-4-3. The loss dropped the Wolfpack to 14-16-3-3 on the season.
Alexandar Georgiev never looked comfortable in the net as the Comets peppered him with shots, 29 in total. Utica jumped out to a 2-0 lead early as Reid Boucher connected with the back of the net twice in the first period. The Wolfpack did not help their case by taking six penalties in the game, giving up two power play goals.
Ryan Gropp was the lone goal scorer for the Wolfpack, as he connected on a power play goal midway through the third period to cut the deficit to 3-1. Reid Boucher struck back minutes later with his third goal of the game to bring the lead back to three. Michael Carcone added an empty netter with 3:07 remaining in the third to seal it for the Comets.
“Their defensemen did a real good job of keeping us away from the net” Wolfpack coach Keith McCambridge said after the game, “but when we did have some chances, we were sending shots from the point.”
It was the Wolfpack’s third game in three nights, following a win on the road in Providence on Friday and a loss to the Syracuse Crunch at the XL Center on Saturday. They next play on Wednesday against divisional rival Bridgeport at Webster Bank Arena.
Quotes used from Ben Harff’s recap which can be viewed here.