Laval Rocket vs Cleveland Monsters Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Regular Season – Game 61 | Thursday, March 5, 2020|
|Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Yannick Veilleux – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Kevin Lynch
Jacob Lucchini – Joseph Blandisi – Nikita Jevpalovs
Alexandre Alain – Laurent Dauphin – Joe Cox
Michael Pezzetta – William Pelletier – Antoine WakedDefense pairings
Gustav Olofsson – Josh Brook
Otto Leskinen – Cale Fleury
Ryan Culkin – Maxim LamarcheGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Michael McNivenScratches
Nathanael Halbert, Justin Woods, Aaron LuchukInjuries
Noah Juulsen (upper body), Alex Belzile (pectoral surgery), Hayden Verbeek, Evan McEneny, Jesse Ylonen, Ryan Poehling
Game ReportGame Report written by Amy Johnson
On a rare Thursday night matchup, the Laval Rocket continued their road trip with a jaunt to Cleveland for two games against the Monsters. More changes in the Laval lineup were evident as Lukas Vejdemo was recalled to Montreal, along with William Pelletier and Joseph Blandisi returning from injury. After warmups it was announced that Cale Fleury would be a late scratch, allowing Nathanael Halbert to draw back into the lineup.
The opening period against the team occupying the bottom spot in the North Division started out heavily in the Rocket’s favor. Cleveland couldn’t find a way to get out of their own zone, and Laval put heavy pressure on them for the opening five minutes of play.
After that, however, the ice began to slowly tilt in the other direction. The Monsters took the first penalty of the game, but Laval couldn’t muster a single shot on goal during the power play. Cleveland forced turnover after turnover while shorthanded, and even managed to register their own shot on goal.
For the remainder of the frame, the Monsters took it to the Rocket, displaying some pretty physical play along the boards and putting some pressure on Cayden Primeau in net.
Laval began the second period with 42 seconds remaining on a penalty kill, with Blandisi still in the box for tripping. After getting out of that situation, the Rocket put on an offensive showcase as they scored three goals in about five minutes.
First up with Michael Pezzetta with his second goal of the year, putting the puck in the net after it bounced back off the end boards. Next Alexandre Alain ripped a wrister into the Cleveland net just over 30 seconds later to double the Rocket’s tally.
For the third goal, Jesperi Kotkaniemi dished the puck perfectly through traffic to Yannick Veilleux as he drove the net hard and set up his winger for an easy tap-in.
Laval looked to be in complete control heading into the second intermission, until Branden Troock just got enough of a shot off in the slot to beat Primeau with 20 seconds left in the frame. The teams headed to the dressing room with the Rocket leading 3-1.
The Monsters took that momentum and dominated the third period, outshooting the Rocket 11-4 in the frame. They did manage to get one more goal past Primeau, a power play tally by Sam Vigneault, but Veilleux also scored on the man advantage for his second goal of the night, and Kotkaniemi potted his first AHL goal: an empty-netter to end the night.
Laval and Cleveland clash one more time this season: Friday night for a rematch. Things got fiesty at times in this game, so with a 24-hour turnaround it’ll be an entertaining matchup to be sure. Tonight’s victory places Laval just one point out of a playoff position.
Plus / Minus
▲ Nikita Jevpalovs, Yannick Veilleux, Cayden Primeau, Gustav Olofsson
|1 for 3||Power Play||1 for 5|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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