Alexandre Grenier scored at 9:13 of overtime as the Utica Comets staved off elimination with a 2-1 win over the Albany Devils at a sold-out Utica Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday night.
Game 4 will be Thursday in Utica with the Devils still leading the series, 2-1.
Utica controlled play for much of the overtime period, then forced a turnover to set up the winning goal. Mike Zalewski stole the puck behind the Albany net, stepped in front and sent a pass across to Grenier, who tapped it into the yawning net for his second career postseason overtime goal.
Joe Cannata (1-0), making his first career Calder Cup Playoff start after coming on in relief during Game 2, made 27 saves for the victory. Scott Wedgewood (2-1) stopped 28 of 30 shots but took the loss despite allowing two goals or fewer for the third straight game.
North Division Semifinals – Series “D” (best-of-5)
N2-Albany Devils vs. N3-Utica Comets
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – ALBANY 3, Utica 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – ALBANY 5, Utica 1
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 26 – UTICA 2, Albany 1 (OT)
*Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Albany at Utica, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Utica at Albany, 5:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern
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