Cleveland Monsters vs Laval Rocket Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media, Montreal Canadiens

FINAL | Regular Season – Game 25 | Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Place Bell, Laval, QC

ROCKET

Laval

3-2

MONSTERS

Cleveland

Photo by Laval Rocket

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Alex Belzile – Michael McCarron – Riley Barber

Dale Weise – Ryan Poehling – Antoine Waked

Alexandre Alain – Lukas Vejdemo – Joe Cox

Nikita Jevpalovs – Jake Evans – Kevin Lynch

Defense pairings

Xavier Ouellet – Maxim Lamarche

Gustav Olofsson – Christian Folin

Karl Alzner – Josh Brook

Goaltenders

Charlie Lindgren – Keith Kinkaid

Scratches

David Sklenicka, Ryan Culkin, Michael Pezzetta, Otto Leskinen (recalled to MTL)

Injuries

William Pelletier (undisclosed), Phil Varone (wrist), Evan McEneny (lower body), Noah Juulsen (upper body)

Game Report

After a disappointing road trip last week, the Rocket returned home to Laval for a one-game visit to Place Bell where they welcomed the Cleveland Monsters. Gustav Olofsson was returned from the Canadiens earlier in the day, but Otto Leskinen was called up in his place. Alex Belzile and Xavier Ouellet both made their return to the lineup after missing games due to injury. Additionally, with Keith Kinkaid clearing waivers from Montreal, Cayden Primeau was recalled to the big club for his first NHL stint.

In a nutshell, the penalty kill wasn’t very effective at either end of the ice on this night. Five total goals were scored in the game, and all five of them were scored on the power play. Laval was fortunate that they were able to tally one more power play goal than the Monsters to earn themselves a victory.

Alexandre Alain opened the scoring in the first period with a power play goal set up with a nice pass from Jake Evans. Alain then blasted a one-timer from the point and found the back of Cleveland’s net.

Markus Hannikainen returned the favor when Adam Clendening ripped a point shot which Hannikainen deflected past Charlie Lindgren in close.

Belzile and Ouellet were the next to get on the score board, wasting no time in making an impact once back in the lineup. Both forwards scored on five-on-three advantages: Belzile a point shot and Ouellet with a tap-in on a rebound.

Hannikainen would put one more on the board for the Monsters, in the third period, but the strong work of Lindgren in the crease ensured that Cleveland couldn’t make a full comeback.

The physicality of the game took its toll, however. Besides former Canadiens prospect Stefan Matteau dropping the gloves with Maxim Lamarche, three players left the ice during the game and didn’t return: Evans, Belzile, and Dale Weise.

The Rocket take this victory and head back out on the road, once again traveling to Syracuse and Springfield on Friday and Saturday. Expect to see Kinkaid make his AHL debut with the Rocket on Friday night against the Crunch.

Plus / Minus

▲  Ryan Poehling, Charlie Lindgren, Xavier Ouellet

▼  Karl Alzner, Maxim Lamarche

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET   MONSTERS
30 Shots 28
3 for 7 Power Play 2 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 19
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (13-9-3-0) 1 2 0 3
Monsters (11-10-1-1) 1 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Alain (5), Belzile (7), Ouellet (3)
  • CLE: Hannikainen (2), Hannikainen (3)
  • LAV: Lindgren (W) 6-5-2-1
  • CLE: Kivlenieks (L) 6-3-2-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Ryan Poehling  LAV
  2. Xavier Ouellet  LAV
  3. Alexandre Alain  LAV

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