|2017-18 Season, Game 4 | Saturday October 14, 2017
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Terry – McCarron – Scherbak
[one_half_last]Taormina – Jerabek
Peter Holland, David Broll, Martin Reway, Tom Parisi
Noah Juulsen (foot), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)
After an exhausting 15-goal game on Friday night which the Rocket won in overtime against the Devils, thanks in part to hat tricks from Chris Terry and Daniel Carr, Binghamton and Laval met up once again on Saturday afternoon for a rematch.
Some tweaks to the lineup saw Niki Petti, Nick Deslauriers, Kyle Baun, Simon Bourque, and Eric Gelinas draw in, after Montreal had recalled David Schlemko earlier in the day after a one-night conditioning stint.
Unlike the previous night, the Rocket took full control of the opening frame and determined the pace of play. They applied good pressure, allowed Charlie Lindgren to see the puck, and outshot the Devils 16-4 in the first 20 minutes. Two questionable penalties on Michael McCarron and Daniel Audette, both involving the goaltender, were the only infractions this previously undisciplined team were assessed.
The Devils opened the scoring, however, on the power play from McCarron’s penalty, but then Nikita Scherbak wristed a high shot over Scott Wedgewood’s shoulder to tally his first goal of the season and tie the game.
In the second period, the Rocket continued to shoot the puck and once again outshot their opponent, but couldn’t find the back of the net – even on a four-minute power play thanks to a double minor to Joe Blandisi for roughing.
The Devils, despite only getting five shots on goal in the period, managed to get the puck past Lindgren twice in the period. Defensive breakdowns started to crop up for Laval, and forwards weren’t finishing.
Binghamton continued to prove that they didn’t need massive amounts of shots to get pucks in the net, as they scored again on Lindgren on a Nick Lappin wraparound attempt in the third period.
Tensions were running high, and more than once a large scrum needed to be broken up by the officials. Scherbak, who was wearing a full shield possibly due to taking a hard high-stick the day before, left the game early after a hard hit left him favoring a leg. An empty-netter by Lappin gave him a hat trick, the fourth by either team in the two-game series, and gave the Devils the victory.
The Rocket now head out on their first road trip of the season and travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to face the Penguins on Friday night.
▲ Chris Terry, Matt Taormina, Nikita Scherbak
▼ Charlie Lindgren, Nick Deslauriers, Kyle Baun
|0 for 4||Power Play||1 for 2|
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