|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 44 | Wednesday January 24, 2018
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Perron – Kelly – Blunden
Paul – O’Brien – Rodewald
McCormick – Reinhart – Gagne
Werek – Flanagan – Randell
Corrin – Harpur
Englund – Murray
Doornbosch – Erkamps
Scratches: Chris Driedger
Injured Reserve: Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff, Christian Jaros, Max Lajoie
After having their three-game winning snapped at the hands of the Laval Rocket Saturday night, the Belleville Senators got back in action Wednesday with the always tough Manitoba Moose in town. The last time these two teams met, the Senators were thoroughly dominated in a 7-3 lashing. They were no doubt looking for some revenge.
The opening frame was a disastrous one for the Belleville Senators. Though they got off to a good start, displaying some nice energy, the period quickly went south. The Moose scored three unanswered in the frame.
Darren Kramer got it started after he stripped the puck off Kyle Flanagan and beat Danny Taylor to make it 1-0. Then it was a Michael Spacek power play marker after a Jamie Doornbosch penalty. Finally, Nic Petan beat Taylor after the puck took a strange bounce and beat Taylor to extend the Manitoba lead to 3-0. After 20 minutes, the Moose led by three.
The Senators played better in the second period, they got shots on goal but did not make good on their chances. That proved costly as the Moose got a chance to add to their lead on a three-on-one rush and made good on it. It was Mason Appleton finishing off a feed from Petan to make it 4-0.
But before the period was out, Belleville put one on the board. After a bench minor for too many men on the ice, Jim O’Brien and Max McCormick found themselves on a short-handed two-on-one. O’Brien made a perfect pass to McCormick, who made no mistake to make it 4-1. After two periods, the Senators still trailed the Moose by three.
The third period was an uneventful frame. The Moose seemed content to ride it out, leading by three. The Senators put up a fight late, but Eric Comrie stood tall in the Manitoba crease to put the finishing touches on the Moose victory.
A poor first period came back to haunt the Senators in this one. They could not bounce back after allowing three goals in the opening frame. Belleville have little time to bounce back from this loss as they head out on the road for a meeting with the Syracuse Crunch on Friday.
▲ Jim O’Brien, Max McCormick
▼ Kyle Flanagan, Andreas Englund, Tyler Randell
|0 for 2||Power Play||1 for 4|
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