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

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 61 | Saturday, March 9, 2019 
Place Bell, Laval, QC

ROCKET
Laval

5-3

COMETS
Utica

Photo by Laval Rocket

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

Cox – Evans – Grenier
Audette – Vejdemo – Alain
Kile – Verbeek – Adams-Moisan
Roy – Pezzetta – Waked

Alzner – Lernout
Sklenicka – Lamarche
Ouellet – Fleury

Goaltenders:
Lindgren
McNiven

Scratches:

Nikita Jevpalovs, Ryan Culkin, Alex Belzile

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder), Hunter Shinkaruk (upper body injury)

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Utica Comets were in Laval on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Place Bell. Utica had won four of the previous six games between the teams this season. Both teams lost on Friday, Laval 3-0 against Toronto, and Utica 4-0 against Syracuse.

The Rocket were looking to stop their losing streak at three games, while the Comets had lost five of their last six games.

Charlie Lindgren got the start in goal, but no other changes were made to Laval’s lineup. Alex Belzile missed a second consecutive game due to the flu.

The Comets scored the only goal of the first period as Brendan Woods won a foot race against Cale Fleury which led to a 2-on-1, where Kole Lind scored with a blocker side wrist shot. Laval’s highlights of the period were big hits delivered by David Sklenicka and Brett Lernout. 

Fleury scored Laval’s first goal with a wrist shot from the point during a power play at 6:22 of the second period. That was Laval’s first goal in over four periods of play.

The Comets took the lead back with 48 seconds remaining in the period during a delayed penalty call against the Rocket, as Vincent Arseneau redirected Jalen Chatfield’s pass from in front of the net.

Joel Bouchard made some changes to the lines and Laval had several scoring chances in the second, including Joe Cox and Jake Evans on a 2-on-1 during a penalty kill. Brendan Woods gave his team a 3-1 lead 5:40 into the third period with a wrist shot past Lindgren.

As we have seen throughout the season, Laval stayed in the game until the end. At 11:21, Alexandre Alain scored the team’s second power play goal of the night as he picked up a loose puck in the crease.

With 3:45 remaining in the period, Alexandre Grenier tied the game by scoring while being on his knees in front of the net. With the sold out crowd still buzzing, Joe Cox scored his first AHL goal 34 seconds later to give his team their first lead of the game.

Lukas Vejdemo delivered the final blow to the Comets by scoring into an empty net. It was his second point of the night, his seventh point in the last seven games.

Grenier and Fleury led the way in Laval’s comeback win by getting one goal and two assists each. Syracuse will be at Place Bell on Wednesday at 7:30pm ET to face Laval. Listen in the player below for full post-game audio with coach Bouchard and key players from the game.

Plus/Minus

▲    Alexandre Grenier, Cale Fleury, Joe Cox, Alexandre Alain

▼    David Sklenicka, Maxim Lamarche, Daniel Audette

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET COMETS
30 Shots 34
2 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 6
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (25-26-6-4) 0 1 4 5
 Comets (30-25-5-2) 1 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Fleury (6), Alain (8), Grenier (11), Cox (1), Vejdemo (11)
  • UTI: Lind (3), Arseneau (7), Woods (4)
  • LAV: Lindgren (W) 11-14-6-0
  • UTI: Leighton (L) 8-6-0-0

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars
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  1. Alexandre Grenier  LAV
  2. Joe Cox  LAV
  3. Cale Fleury  LAV

Watch

 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

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

Post-game interview with Xavier Ouellet:

Post-game interview with Alexandre Grenier:

Post-game interview with Charlie Lindgren:

Post-game interview with Joe Cox:

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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