One goal has been the difference in the first three matches of the seven-game series, with the Barons taking the first match 2-1 in an epic four period overtime game.
Montrose’s Kellen Jones tied the game 4:13 into the second period, after Kent Huskins had given the Comets a 1-0 lead at 17:10 of the first period. The game would remain deadlocked for over three more periods until Curtis Hamilton beat Jacob Markstrom 16 seconds into the fourth OT to give the Barons a Game 1 victory. The Barons outshot the Comets 67 to 57.
The Comets however would even the series with there own 2-1 overtime win in Game 2. This time Connor Jones opened the scoring for the Barons with an assist to Kellen at 8:50 of the first, but Adam Glendening tied it 1:31 into the third, and Alex Grenier would net the overtime winner at 3:32 of the extra frame.
Mike Zalewski broke a 2-2 tie to give Utica the 3-2 victory in Game 3 on Monday with 4:50 to play.
Game 4 went Wednesday night but the score was unavailable at press time. Game 5 goes tonight in Utica.