|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 50 | Friday February 9, 2018
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Paul – Chlapik – Sexton
Ciampini – Reinhart – Blunden
Werek – Flanagan – Randell
Sieloff – Harpur
Burgdoerfer – Englund
Murray – Erkamps
Scratches: Chris Driedger, Andrew Hammond, Vincent Dunn
Injured Reserve: Christian Jaros, Max Lajoie, Jack Rodewald, Willie Corrin, Francis Perron
The Belleville Senators returned home after concluding their road trip in Rochester on Wednesday. They were looking to build off their 2-0 victory over the Americans, but with the Toronto Marlies in town they were in tough.
The opening frame got off to a rocky start for the Senators. The Marlies scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the game, courtesy of Martin Marincin and Miro Aaltonen. It looked like the Marlies may run away with this one, but Belleville fought back. Max Reinhart cut into the Toronto lead and then it was Ben Sexton off a beautiful pass from Filip Chlapik to tie it up at two apiece. After one period the score was 2-2.
The second period was a wild period of hockey. Ben Smith restored the Marlies lead just past the eight minute mark. Just 38 seconds later, Nick Paul evened the score again to make it 3-3. But after that goal, the Marlies scored three goals in less than two minutes courtesy of Chris Mueller, Aaltonen and Mason Marchment. After the Marchment goal, Marcus Hogberg was replaced by Danny Taylor. After 40 minutes, the Senators trailed 6-3.
In the third period the Marlies put the game away. Marchment scored his second of the night to make it 7-3. Though Tyler Randell did score off a pretty passing play that started with Ben Harpur, the Senators lost this one 7-4.
The effort was there from the Senators tonight. They played a strong game but in the end they could not outscore the high powered offense of the Marlies. Belleville heads back out on the road tomorrow night to do battle with the Utica Comets.
▲ Ben Sexton, Nick Paul, Filip Chlapik
▼ Marcus Hogberg
|0 for 3||Power Play||1 for 3|
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