Sat, 23 Dec 2017 04:17:26 +0000Sports ExpressSports Expresshttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12452/7218366?cpt=8&wpid=2637WKTVtime in a row at the adirondack bank center. plus...the syracuse orange look to improve to 11-1 on the season as they hosted sain bonaventure at the carrier dome. spencer so it's time for tonight's big game...the comets take on the marlies for the second straight time. looking to sweep the top dog this week...erin hamlin made an appearance at the game before she heads to pyeongchang for her fourth and final olympics in february. --- alicia first period - comets looking for a fast start again but it'd be the marlies who get on the board. justin holl gathers at the blue line and wrists it - a delfection off a defender and that one winds up in the back of the net. 1-0 toronto. --- spencer late in the first - utica looking to equalize. carter bancks - up to patrick wiercioch - one- timer tipped in front by newcomer vincent arseneau just signed to a p-t-o today. talk about making an immediate impact. his first a-h-l goal ties it up at one. --- alicia in the second - picking up where they left off in the first. joeseph labate skates in on the rush - centers it and it hits a marlies' defenseman's skate and goes in. so it's the comets getting a bounce 23 seconds in and they take their first lead of the game. --- spencer nearly midway through the stanza - the marlies strike back. dmytro timashov to the slot - ben smith snaps it - chris mueller at the post jams it in from the crease and we are knotted up yet again. --- alicia late in the period - smith getting it done himself. coming off the boards - outmuscles michael carcone to the goal and puts it through the near post on richard bachman. smith with a goal and an assist so far and toronto goes up 3-2. --- spencer to the third - the c-c-m line we talked about yesterday getting it done yet again. carcone snaps it on net - the save is made but cole cassels right there to clean up the trash in front. the see-saw continues it's tied at three. --- alicia the scoring parade wouldn't end there - marlies putting on the pressure. it's ben smith - the first star of the night sealing the deal. he puts a change-up backhander on net that fools everyone and goes in for his second of the game... ...it was a back-and-forth affair - but in the end - it doesn't go the comets way as they fall 4-3. outcue: all in all i mean they're one of the better teams in the league so we were right there with them and we defeinitely could have had this game tonight. tonight. spencer spencer hello everyone and welcome to sports express. a hard fought but tough loss for the comets we're a quarter of the way through the season - and as of right now - utica holds onto that fourth and final playoff spot. lets take a look at scores around the league - specifially in the north division and how it affects the standings. the syracuse crunch put on an offensive clinic against the belleville senators - with a 8-2 victory. the scranton wilkes- barre penguins defeated the binhamton devils 3-4 in overtime. and the rochester americans handed the laval rocket 3-2 loss - that one also decided in ot. spencer based on tonight's scores - here is the updated north division standings. the marlies remain in first with 44 points - already 22 wins on the season. --- the amerks are in second with 42 points --- then a small drop off as thecrunch are in third with 33 points. --- the comets still in a playoff spot with 29 points - one more than the rocket who are in fifth with 28. --- in the bottom of the division - the senators are in sixth with 25 points and the devils are in the basement with 23. that'll do it for the first period here on sports express but we;ve still got plenty more. after the break we'll introduce you to our latest athelte of the week on the hardwood - he's racked up the milestones including two big ones this week. we'll meet him after the break . bumpback & athlete of the week stinger welcome back to sports express - it's time now to unveil our athlete of the week... express - it's time now to unveil our athlete of the week... express - it's time now to unveil our athlete of the week... as a high school athlete - its a big deal when you join the 1000 point club or break a record - but this player has done accomplished both just this week. matt hobika of the clinton boys basketball team has put together an impressive resume as a warrior. as a junior - matt broke the school's single season three point record with 68 and just this week he reached a couple more milestones. just one game after scoring his 1,000 career point - hobika was at it again - setting the school record for career three-pointers - hitting his148e accomplishments with his family friends and teammates. it's definitely specialwhen i was a freshman molly case canary was a senior at the time he hit is 1000 point and i was like i want to hit myi look forward to the brotherhood and it's really nice having 11 close guys an on the team and being able to talk to them about anything so it's really nice and i enjoyed that. matt is a great individual he works really hard as a basketball player and as a student. he's played for me for four years he's been on the basn started out as as an understudy senior at the time that actuall the school overall record and ty competed and battled through that course of time and i think that made matt better. his sophomore andj. it was a great moment for him i it was a great moment for his fy his grandparents were there hisk a lot of pride in it. i think it's great for the community and for school. the young man i talked t prior him and matt the first re breakers here in a long timepros accomplished are a big deal for basketball program and thedirecd havea lot of pride in where he's help take this program if you know of a high school ato if you know of a high school athlete who if you know of a high school athlete who if you know of a high school athlete who if you know of a high school athlete who deserves to be athlete of the week, here's our contact info - call, email, even hit us up on twitter! this year - we want everyone to join the party. if you're a coach, a-d, parent, even a teammate - just send us who you would like to be nominated and why. give us some stats and a story and we'll give you a shot! all featured athletes will receive a plaque courtesy of c-n-y awards and apparel. we've hit our second intermission - after the break we'll stay on the hardwood. in syracuse - jim boeheim and the orange back in action at the dome.- tonight they hosted the bonnies of st bonaventure - highlights coming your way next. welcome back aboard the express - the syracuse orange came in on a 4 game winning streak looking to extend it against st bonaventure. the ora beat a stubborn buffalo team on tuesday. to the carrier dome - su has yet to lose on their home floor. spencer to the carrier dome - su has yet to lose on their orange came in on a 4 game winning streak looking to extend it against st bonaventure. the orange hung on to beat a stubborn buffalo team onu has yet to lose on their home floor. spencer orange on offense - oshae brissett misses the welcome back aboard the express - the syracuse orange came in on a 4 game winning streak looking to extend it orange came in on a 4 game winning streak looking to extend it against st bonaventure. the orange hung on to beat a stubborn buffalo team on tuesday. to the carrier dome - suhas yetr orange came in on a 4 game winning streak looking to extend it against st bonaventure. the orange hung on to beat a stubborn buffalo team on tuesday. to the carrier dome - su has yet to lose on their home floor. spencer orange on offense - oshae brissett misses the layup - gets the offensive board ands finds frank howard who knocks down the outside shot. howard has been shooting well as of late. alicia no slouches - the bonnies came ready to play in theis one - matt mobley pulls up in front of tyus battle - nothing but net. spencer undefeated at home? no problem they say - here ladarien griffin finishes the alley oop - the bonnies feeling it in the dome. alicia late in the game - howard driving and lays it up - he finished with 17 points in this one. we would need overtime to settle it - where st bonaventure earns its first win in the dome in 11 tries. coach boeheim said the lack of offense was the difference for the orange. outcue: this team fights as hard as they possibly can and thats all you can ask for but offenseivly we werent very good tonight.alicia su getting a little bit of alicia su getting a little bit of a break for the holidays - but return to action on wednesday the 27th as they host the eastern muchigan eagles, youcan catch t. spencer alicia su getting a little bit of a break for the holidays - but return to action on wednesday the 27th as they host the eastern muchigan eagles, you can catch that game on espn 2 at 7. spencer in the pros - after a big victory over the celtics on thursday- the new york knicks going for back to back wins in detroit. --- second quarter - knicks down 10 - kristaps porzingis from the top of the key - the unicorn drains it to cut into that pistons lead. --- alicia less than a minute to go in the half - detroit answers - tobias harris drives - kicks it out to reggie bullock who drains the three. --- spencer we'll jump ahead to the fourth quarter - tied up at 95 - enes knater going to work down low against andre drummond - kanter sinks the hook shot and the knicks take a two point lead. --- alicia back the other way - reggie jackson uses the drummond screen - drives and gets the floater to go and once again its knotted up - 101 apiece. --- spencer after made free throws - the pistons up three - new yokr with one last chance - porzingis gains control and throws it up from the parking lot - no good, knicks drop one on the road to the pistons - final from detroit - 104 - 101. spencer that's it for us... we'll see you back here next friday night for another edition of sports express!