|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 23 | Friday December 1, 2017
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Paul – Reinhart – Rodewald
Perron – Kelly – White
Werek – Chlapik – Randell
Sieloff – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Lajoie – Murray
Scratches: Vincent Dunn, Daniel Ciampini, Macoy Erkamps, Justin Vaive, Andrew Hammond
Injured Reserve: Mike Blunden, Kyle Flanagan, Ben Sexton
After losing a pair of games in Toronto last weekend, the Belleville Senators welcomed the Toronto Marlies to Yardmen Arena Friday night. Belleville, having lost both games in fairly convincing fashion last weekend, was surely looking for some revenge on their provincial rivals.
But the Senators did not get off to the start they were looking for. While they did out-shoot the Marlies in the opening frame, they did not have any quality scoring chances. Toronto did and they made good on it. It was Dmytro Timashov left all alone in front of Danny Taylor off a feed from Chris Mueller to make it 1-0. After 20 minutes, the Sens found themselves trailing by one.
The second period got off to a better start for the Senators. They created some high quality chances but Calvin Pickard was phenomenal in the frame for Toronto. He made huge stops on Ethan Werek and Colin White to keep the Sens off the board, but Belleville kept it coming and Francis Perron evened up the score after Pickard had fallen in his crease.
But the Marlies bounced back. For the second time in the game, the Senators completely lost Timashov in their zone, leaving him wide open as he easily buried his second of the night. Then after an untimely Max Reinhart slashing penalty, Kerby Rychel deflected home a Calle Rosen shot to quickly make it 3-1. At the end of two, Belleville were down by a pair.
The third period was mostly uneventful. The Senators were given power play opportunities including a brief five-on-three advantage, but they did not make good on their chances, stifled by the aggressive Toronto penalty kill all night long. The Senators didn’t help matters by taking some untimely penalties which led to their demise in this game.
Belleville played a solid game but the Marlies stifled them and did a much better job of capitalizing on their chances. Though the Senators out-shot the Marlies, they dropped this game 3-1. Belleville gets right back to work tomorrow night, they will be in Syracuse to battle the Crunch.
▲ Francis Perron, Filip Chlapik
▼ Erik Burgdoerfer, Patrick Sieloff
|0 for 7||Power Play||1 for 7|
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