|FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 38 | Wednesday January 10, 2018
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Paul – Reinhart – DiDomenico
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Werek – Flanagan – Rodewald
Perron – Kelly – Blunden
Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Murray – Erkamps
Scratches: Jamie Doornbosch, Danny Taylor, Chris Driedger
Injured Reserve: Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff
Coming off a frustrating weekend, where the Belleville Senators allowed six goals in back-to-back games against the Binghamton Devils and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Senators got back in action with the Rochester Americans in town. The last time these teams met was in Rochester just before Christmas, with the Amerks winning 3-1.
Belleville came out strong in the first period after their rough weekend. They poured shots towards Adam Wilcox in the Rochester net and it paid off. Just under seven minutes into the game, Ethan Werek beat Wilcox after a lovely display of patience. He made no mistake for his ninth goal of the season to give the Senators the early lead. After one period of play, Belleville led 1-0.
The second period was a little more even than the opening frame. The Senators had some quality chances to add to their lead but they could not beat Wilcox. This came back to haunt Belleville as Rochester evened up the score after an unfortunate turnover from Kyle Flanagan that led to a two-on-one. It was Taylor Fedun who got the Amerks on the board, beating Andrew Hammond easily to make it 1-1. After 40 minutes, the teams were tied 1-1.
In the third period the Senators kept their foot on the gas but Wilcox did a great job of keeping the Amerks in the game. That proved to be huge once again. Colin Blackwell put a harmless looking shot towards Hammond that was tipped by Hudson Fasching in front. The puck got past Hammond to give the Americans their first lead of the night.
But Belleville were not deterred. Despite falling behind after playing a dominating 50 minutes of hockey, the Senators did not give up and their resilience rewarded them. With 14.7 seconds remaining in the game and with their net empty, Max Reinhart potted the rebound off a Christian Jaros shot to tie the game up 2-2 and send it to overtime.
In overtime the Amerks were all over the Senators in the early going, spending most of the first two minutes of the extra frame in the Belleville zone. That was until Nick Paul drew a slashing infraction from Zach Redmond to send Belleville to the man advantage. On the power play, Jordan Murray wired his fifth of the season past Wilcox to win the game.
Belleville got back on track with a well-deserved 3-2 overtime win in this one. They get back in action on Friday when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to town.
▲ Jordan Murray, Kyle Flanagan, Max Reinhart, Nick Paul
|1 for 4||Power Play||0 for 2|
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