|FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 25 | Wednesday December 6, 2017
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Terry – Audette – Eisenschmid
Gregoire- Cracknell – Baun
Boucher – Petti – Waked
Veilleux – Ebbing – Broll
Taormina – Lernout
Parisi – Juulsen
Gelinas – Leblanc
Simon Bourque, Willie Corrin
Michael McCarron (ear), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)
After reveling in the celebration of a win over the weekend in Lehigh Valley, the Laval Rocket were back to work on Wednesday night to kick off their three-game homestand with a visit from the Binghamton Devils.
The first period looked pretty good for the home team, outshooting the Devils, maintaining good defense, and solid goaltending from Charlie Lindgren. Netminder Mackenzie Blackwood took the first penalty of the game when he played the puck outside of the trapezoid behind his net, and the Laval power play unit went to work.
Eric Gelinas fed the puck to Kyle Baun in the slot, who got a shot in on Blackwood that rebounded right to Jeremy Gregoire‘s stick. Gregoire quickly backhanded the puck into the net to give the Rocket a 1-0 lead which they would carry into intermission.
In the middle frame, both teams seemed to tighten up a bit, with a lot of back and forth action through the neutral zone. Almost halfway through the period, the Devils evened the score at 1-1 when Bracken Kearns wristed a perfect shot from the circle. The Rocket found themselves shorthanded more often this period as well, which allowed Binghamton to start racking up shots against them.
Tensions boiled over toward the end of the period when Gregoire slashed a Devils player and drew the ire of Nick Lappin. The two players dropped the gloves and Gregoire ended up with an extra two minute penalty.
Gregoire then thought he had the go-ahead goal for the Rocket in the third period, but the ref called it back immediately, saying it was batted in with a high stick. Lindgren stood tall in the crease, and defensively Laval kept the hard-pressing Devils at bay to force overtime.
But the momentum quickly fizzled when, just 31 seconds into extra minutes, Jacob MacDonald ripped a shot from the high slot past Lindgren to give Binghamton the victory.
While they will have liked a better outcome in this game, there were a lot of things the Rocket continued to do right during this tilt. They’ll need to focus on the positives and regroup Thursday in practice before welcoming their rivals, the Toronto Marlies, to town on Friday night.
▲ Adam Cracknell, Charlie Lindgren, Noah Juulsen
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 5|
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