|2017-18 Season, Game 8 | Wednesday October 25, 2017
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Terry – Holland – Froese
[one_half_last]Parisi – Taormina
David Broll, Jakub Jerabek
Noah Juulsen (foot), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder), Markus Eisenschmid (lower body), Jeremy Gregoire
The Laval Rocket found themselves back on home ice at Place Bell on Wednesday night after their first road trip (and first three-in-three) of the season ended with a 1-2 record. On this night, they welcomed the Rochester Americans into the building for the first half of a home-and-home against the New York team.
With the energy of the crowd behind them, Laval got the scoring started early with a wonky goal by Nick Deslauriers. An Amerks skater tried to pass the puck forward from behind the net, and with Linus Ullmark not expecting it, Deslauriers grabbed the loose puck and dribbled it into the net.
Rochester retaliated just minutes later when Colin Blackwell scooped up a rebound off of Zach Fucale and pushed it into the net.
Chris Terry then did what he’s known best for: scored a power play goal from the point, assisted by Peter Holland and Matt Taormina. The Rocket then got another power play opportunity immediately following that, however Sahir Gill broke away up ice shorthanded, tricking Fucale into going the wrong way and buried the puck to even the score at 2-2.
In the second period, the scoring slowed down noticeably but the tensions really bubbled up. Yannick Veilleux dropped the gloves with Dalton Smith for a short but powerful fight. Veilleux would end up with an extra two-minute penalty for instigating and also a 10-minute misconduct.
Nick Baptiste managed to fire a rocket from the faceoff circle early in the period to put the puck past Fucale, and that’s where the goal-scoring ended for the middle frame.
After taking an open ice hit in the second period, Terry did not return for the final 20 minutes. Just over five minutes into the period, Blackwell would tally his second goal of the night with a clean shot off the crossbar. With the minutes ticking down, Casey Nelson wristed the puck short side under the crossbar to make it 5-2 for Rochester.
The Rocket now head back on the road to Rochester for the second part of this series on Friday night, before traveling to Toronto for a game against the Marlies on Saturday.
▲ Chris Terry, Byron Froese
▼ Nick Deslauriers, Eric Gelinas, Peter Holland
|1 for 6||Power Play||0 for 5|
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