Providence Bruins vs Laval Rocket Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Post-Game Interviews, Social Media

FINAL (SO) | 2018-19 Season, Game 65 | Wednesday, March 20, 2019 
Place Bell, Laval, QC

ROCKET
Laval

3-2

BRUINS
Providence

Photo by Laval Rocket

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

Cox – Evans – Grenier
Belzile – Vejdemo – Alain
Shinkaruk – Audette – Jevpalovs
Verbeek – Pezzetta – Waked

Culkin – Fleury
Ouellet – Lernout
Sklenicka – Lamarche

Goaltenders:
LaCouvee
McNiven

Scratches:

Marco Roy, Alex Kile, Karl Alzner

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder)

Game Report

The Rocket returned to home ice on Wednesday night to take on the Providence Bruins. Karl Alzner was absent from the game due to the birth of his son earlier in the day. Connor LaCouvee got the start in net.

Although the Rocket dominated the shot clock 11-5 in the first period, the Bruins were the only ones who made a mark on the scoreboard.

Laval gave Providence two opportunities on the power play but managed to kill them both off. However Stuart Percy managed to squeak a puck through LaCouvee on a point shot around the midway point in the period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Joe Cox left the ice in the early minutes of the game and the Rocket announced during the first intermission that he would not return for the rest of the night.

Daniel Audette tied the game at 1-1 in the second period, his 13th goal of the season, when he cleaned up a loose puck sitting in the slot thanks to a defensive breakdown by Providence.

Immediately following Audette’s goal, Alexandre Alain found himself in the penalty box on a holding call. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson wasted no time on the man advantage restoring his team’s lead when he found the back of the net off a wrister from the top of the faceoff circle.  To make matters worse, Maxim Lamarche was handed a penalty after the period was over which would give the Bruins a power play to start the third period.

Cale Fleury was the Laval hero in the third period when he found himself all alone next to the net and swatted the puck out of the air before flipping it up and into the net over Zane McIntyre. That goal would eventually lead to overtime, and then to Laval’s third shootout in as many games.

The shootout took eight rounds to decide a game winner, and it was Audette first, then Hunter Shinkaruk who finally scored the goal that granted victory to the Rocket.

With Belleville also winning their game earlier in the evening, Laval remains nine points out of a playoff position with the number of games left to play rapidly decreasing.  The Rocket go on the road to finish out this week, with games in Utica on Friday night and Springfield on Saturday.

Plus/Minus

▲    Daniel Audette, Nikita Jevpalovs

▼    Maxim Lamarche, Alex Belzile

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET BRUINS
31 Shots 22
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (27-27-6-5) 0 1 1 0 1 3
 Bruins (32-22-8-3) 1 1 0 0 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Audette (13), Fleury (8)
  • PRO: Percy (3), Forsbacka Karlsson (2)
  • LAV: LaCouvee (W) 6-2-1-0
  • PRO: McIntyre (L) 22-10-6-2

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars
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  1. Daniel Audette  LAV 
  2. Zane McIntyre  PRO
  3. Cale Fleury  LAV

Watch

 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game interviews
Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard:

Post-game interview with Daniel Audette:

Post-game interview with Hunter Shinkaruk:

Post-game interview with Connor LaCouvee:

Post-game interview with Ryan Culkin:

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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