UTICA CITY DOMINATES CANADA IN PRESEASON SHOWDOWN
Utica, N.Y. – Utica City came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-2 victory over Canada Sunday afternoon at the Adirondack Bank Center. Liam Callahan, Bo Jelovac, Logan Roberts, Jake Schindler, Christian Segura, and Nick Tunic were the goal-scorers for Utica. Andrew Coughlin stopped all seven shots he faced in the first half. Matt Perrella took over in the second half, making seven saves on nine shots.
Callahan started the scoring three and a half minutes into the game, burying a rebound off a restart. Jelovac capped off a superb display of passing to give Utica a 2-0 lead with just eight seconds to play in the first quarter.
Roberts continued the scoring run with 6:57 to go in the second quarter, running down a loose ball and finished with the right foot. Schindler made it 4-0 with a header on the power play at the 12:38 mark of the second quarter.
The two teams traded chances in the third quarter, but no one could find the net and Utica took their 4-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
Segura’s blast from the top of the box made it 5-0 Utica two minutes into the fourth quarter. Shaquille Agard ended the scoring run with 9:36 to go in the fourth quarter after a Utica turnover in their defensive zone. Tunic responded a minute and a half later on a tic-tac-toe passing play. Agard added his second of the afternoon just seconds later, beating Perrella with a chip shot. Perrella and the Utica defense shut down Canada from there to secure the win.
The season kicks off next Friday night in Baltimore against the Blast. 72 Tavern is your best place to watch the game with drink specials and giveaways throughout the game. The team returns to the Adirondack Bank Center to host their home opener on Sunday, November 24. Fans will want to be in their seats early for all new pregame videos and more! Kickoff is at 2pm and doors open at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the Adirondack Bank Center Box Office. 315-790-9070 or www.empirestatetix.com.
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