Laval Rocket vs Manitoba Moose Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Post-Game Interviews, Social Media
|FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 56 | Saturday, February 23, 2019
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:Belzile – Chaput – Grenier
Kile – Vejdemo – Alain
Audette – Evans – Weise
Pezzetta – Martineau – Adams-Moisan/one_half]
Alzner – Lernout
Culkin – Fleury
Sklenicka – Lamarche
Adam Plant, Hayden Verbeek, Xavier Ouellet, Nikita Jevpalovs
Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder), Antoine Waked (upper body injury), Hunter Shinkaruk (upper body injury)
Game Report written by Chris G
The Laval Rocket were looking to sweep their weekend series against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday afternoon at Place Bell. Michael McNiven made 24 saves on Friday night to earn his second shutout of the season and help his team get a 3-0 win. The Moose were trying to snap their two-game losing streak.
Prior to puck drop, it was announced that Xavier Ouellet would not participate in the game as he learned about the passing of his mother earlier in the day. Ryan Culkin took his spot in the lineup, after not being dressed for the last six games. Nikita Jevpalovs wasn’t in the lineup with an upper body injury, Alex Kile taking his spot. Charlie Lindgren got the start in goal.
Laval opened the scoring 2:35 into the game and, for a second consecutive game, the penalty kill unit scored a goal. On a play started by Brett Lernout, Michael Chaput set up Dale Weise on a 2-on-1 that allowed Weise to score his second goal in three games with the Rocket.
At 12:42 of the period, Jimmy Oligny was alone in front of the net and capitalized on a rebound to the right of Lindgren to tie the game.
There was no scoring in the second period, but Manitoba outplayed Laval in that frame. Lindgren made several key saves as the Moose outshot Laval 12-6 in the second. Jake Evans and Michael Chaput each had a dangerous scoring chance but Mikhail Berdin kept the puck out of his goal.
Alex Belzile set up Chaput to score his tenth of the season at 2:27 of the third period. Chaput was alone in front of the net and easily put the puck in the net as Berdin was out of position to make the save.
At 12:26 of the third period, Kile won a foot race against Logan Stanley and scored on a breakaway to give Laval a three-goal lead. “It feels good for a second and you got to settle your emotions down and focus on the next puck,” said Lindgren after the game.
Lindgren made several spectacular saves, especially in the last 40 minutes of play, where he stopped all 25 shots he faced.
Laval heads to Cleveland on Thursday to face the Monsters at 7pm ET. Listen in the player below for full post-game audio.
▲ Michael Chaput, Alexandre Grenier, Charlie Lindgren, Alex Belzile
▼ Maxim Lamarche
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 4|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
|Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard:
Post-game interview with Charlie Lindgren:
Post-game interview with Michael Chaput:
Post-game interview with Alex Belzile:
Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report
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