|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 48 | Wednesday February 7, 2018
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Audette – Cracknell – Eisenschmid
Gregoire – McCarron – Baun
Boucher – Ebbing – Waked
Leveille – Broll
Gelinas – Juulsen
Parisi – Lernout
Bourque – Leblanc
Yannick Veilleux (lower body), Matt Taormina (upper body), Chris Terry (day-to-day), Michael McNiven, Niki Petti (lower body)
Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)
After what many are touting as their worst game of the season in Toronto on Saturday, the Laval Rocket spent a few days practicing before heading to Binghamton to take on another divisional opponent.
This game opened much differently then the last one. The Rocket controlled the puck and pace early on, maintaining a strong forecheck throughout the first period. Partially thanks to some penalties on the Devils in the first half of the period, the visiting team outshot the home team 14-4 in the opening frame.
As is usual with these two teams, tensions ran high and physical play was ramped up from the first puck drop. On a late four-on-four, Markus Eisenschmid deflected an Eric Gelinas point shot to put the Rocket up 1-0 just seven seconds before intermission.
The second frame was a busy one for the penalty boxes, with David Broll earning himself a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct, Michael McCarron with back-to-back penalties for roughing and slashing, a holding call on Antoine Waked, and a too-many-men penalty served by Jordan Boucher.
Despite that, the Laval penalty kill and four-on-four units were strong and denied the Devils any special teams opportunities. Instead, McCarron and Simon Bourque combined on a speedy two-on-one shorthanded where Bourque made a perfect pass to McCarron for him to lift the puck past Ken Appleby to make it 2-0 before second intermission.
Thomas Ebbing scored his first AHL goal to open the third period, and although Binghamton did manage to get one puck past Zachary Fucale before the final horn, Jeremy Gregoire tallied an empty-netter to put a stamp on this game and help ensure a much-needed victory for the Rocket.
The team now hopes to ride the momentum from this win into their next two divisional games on the road in Utica and Syracuse.
▲ Noah Juulsen, Brett Lernout, Thomas Ebbing
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 4|
|AHL Three Stars|
|Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Zachary Fucale
Post-game interview with Michael McCarron
Post-game interview with Thomas Ebbing
Post-game interview with Markus Eisenschmid
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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