Four different players scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scrantonand outshot the Comets 27-20 for the game.
Carter Bancks, who played for the Abbotsford Heat last season, scored the first Comets goal, early in the third period, with an assist from Bob Sanguinetti.
Rookie Brendan Gaunce scored the other Utica goal in the last few minutes, with Stefan Legien helping out.
Eric Hartzell and Matt Murray split time in goal for the Penguins. Jacob Markstrom went all the way for Utica.