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Comets cruise past Marlies again, force Game 5

The Utica Comets have stormed back in their North Division semifinal series, and now it’s the regular-season champion Toronto Marlies who are reeling.

Utica defeated Toronto, 5-2, in Game 4 on Friday night, their second consecutive convincing win at home. The best-of-five series comes down to a decisive Game 5 back in Toronto on Sunday afternoon (4 p.m. ET).

Reid Boucher scored twice and Thatcher Demko (2-2) made 40 saves for the Comets, who outscored the Marlies 10-4 in the two games at the Adirondack Bank Center. Boucher has three goals in two contests since returning to the Utica lineup.

Tanner MacMaster registered a goal and an assist, and Cam Darcy, Nikolay Goldobin and Patrick Wiercioch chipped in two assists each in the Game 4 victory.

Utica’s five goals came on 20 shots against Baz Bastien Award winner Garret Sparks (2-2), who now owns an .860 save percentage in the series.

Dmytro Timashov and Pierre Engvall scored for the Marlies.

North Division Semifinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)
N1-Toronto Marlies vs. N4-Utica Comets
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 21 – TORONTO 3, Utica 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 22 – TORONTO 5, Utica 2 | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 25 – UTICA 5, Toronto 2 | Recap
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 27 – UTICA 5, Toronto 2
Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Utica at Toronto, 4:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern