|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 27 | Friday December 15, 2017
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Rodewald – Chlapik – White
DiDomenico – Kelly – Blunden
Dunn – Perron – Randell
Harpur – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Lajoie
Murray – Erkamps
Scratches: Patrick Sieloff, Christian Jaros, Max Reinhart, Ethan Werek, Chris Driedger
Injured Reserve: Kyle Flanagan, Ben Sexton
The Belleville Senators got back in action Friday night after their exciting come from behind victory against the Binghamton Devils. This time they were hosting the dangerous Manitoba Moose, who the Senators beat twice back in October.
Belleville got off to a fantastic start. In the first minute of the game, Gabriel Gagne fired a wrist shot past Eric Comrie, off a nice drop pass from Chris DiDomenico to make it 1-0. But the Moose stormed back. Just after a Vincent Dunn slashing penalty expired, Buddy Robinson went cross-crease for Brendan Lemieux to tie it up. Robinson was not finished there, redirecting a Mike Sgarbossa shot past Andrew Hammond. After 20 minutes, Manitoba led 2-1.
The second period got off to a rough start for Belleville. The Moose added to their lead just over three minutes into the frame on the power play courtesy of Mason Appleton to make it 3-1. But this time the Senators stormed back with two goals. First it was Filip Chlapik with a beautiful one-timer to bring Belleville within one. Then just nine seconds later Max McCormick drove the net hard and beat Comrie to tie it up. At the end of two, the teams were tied 3-3.
But the third was a completely different story. After storming back late in the second period, it looked as though momentum was on Belleville’s side but the Moose bounced back. They scored four unanswered goals in the third with Moose captain, Patrice Cormier scoring two goals. Sami Niku and Cameron Schilling picked up the other two in the rout of the Senators.
The Senators have little time to reflect on what went wrong in the third period as they get right back to work tomorrow night when they head to Binghamton to battle with the Devils.
▼ Ben Harpur, Vincent Dunn
|1 for 4||Power Play||2 for 4|
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