|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 66 | Friday March 23, 2018
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Scarfo – White – Sexton
Moutrey – O’Brien – Rodewald
Leier – Reinhart – Werek
Selleck – Ciampini – Randell
Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Sieloff – Jaros
Murray – Pokka
Scratches: Macoy Erkamps, Filip Gustavsson
Injured Reserve: Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan, Nick Paul, Gabriel Gagne, Mike Blunden, Andreas Englund
The Belleville Senators had nearly a week off after their win over the Utica Comets last Saturday. They welcomed their provincial rivals, Toronto Marlies, to the Yardmen Arena for the first game in a home-and-home series. Belleville hosted Toronto last Friday and lost 3-1, they were looking for some revenge over the Marlies.
The first period was a briskly played period. It was a good start for the Senators, they did a great job of turning the Marlies over in the early going and it paid off. Ethan Werek picked off an errant pass at the Toronto blueline and wired one past Garret Sparks to make it 1-0. The Senators played a good opening frame and led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
But the second period was a completely different story. Though Colin White had a marvelous chance early on a breakaway, after a nice display of his puck handling ability, he could not beat Sparks. That save proved to be huge as the Marlies scored three unanswered goals.
Vincent LoVerde got the Marlies on the board after finding a rebound off a Frederik Gauthier shot to make it 1-1. Then it was Adam Brooks on the power play to give Toronto their first lead of the night. Just over two minutes later, Miro Aaltonen wired one past Marcus Hogberg off a nice pass from Trevor Moore to make it 3-1. After two periods of play, the Marlies led by two.
In the third period the Marlies kept riding the momentum they built in the second period. They kept Belleville at bay for most of the third period. Ben Smith added to the Toronto lead when he beat Hogberg for his 25th of the season after some extended pressure in the Senators zone. Colin White scored in the dying moments of the game, but it meant nothing, as the Marlies won this game 4-2.
Belleville came out strong in this game, but as good teams often do, the Marlies turned it on late. The Senators will get a chance to avenge this loss when they head to Toronto for an afternoon tilt with the Marlies tomorrow.
▲ Ethan Werek
▼ Christian Jaros
|0 for 2||Power Play||1 for 3|
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