|FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 15 | Sunday November 12, 2017
XL Center, Hartford, CT
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Carr – Holland – Terry
Deslauriers – McCarron – Baun
Boucher – Audette – Gregoire
Broll – Petti – Veilleux
Taormina – Jerabek
Parisi – Leblanc
Gelinas – Lernout
Simon Bourque, Antoine Waked, Thomas Ebbing
Noah Juulsen (foot), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder), Markus Eisenschmid (lower body)
Coming off of a terrible performance on Friday night in Springfield, the Rocket were back on the ice looking for redemption Sunday against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre shifted his lines and pairings around a bit for this game, but Michael McNiven stayed in net for his second consecutive professional start.
The first period started off quietly enough until Yannick Veilleux and Eric Selleck dropped the gloves less than three minutes into the game. Both teams seemed to be stirred by this early show of emotion.
Defensively, the Rocket looked much more in sync and seemed to be driving the net on almost every shift. They outshot the Wolf Pack 15-7 in both of the first two periods.
All that momentum towards the crease eventually paid off as Kyle Baun trickled a puck through the Hartford goaltender which was then pushed past the goal line by a defending Wolf Pack player to make it 1-0 for Laval.
Discipline was also held in check as, aside from Veilleux’s fighting major, only two penalties were assessed to the Rocket for the rest of the game.
The second period was a tight back-and-forth affair with both McNiven and Alexandar Georgiev making some big saves in front of their nets. Then late in the second period, the Wolf Pack’s pressure paid off and they tied the game with a puck that deflected into the net off of McNiven’s glove side.
A battle ensued during the final frame as each team worked hard to try and pot the go-ahead goal, and with 1:24 remaining in the game Hartford did just that. You could feel the wind go out of the sails on the Laval bench as another loss loomed large over their heads. But they mustered every ounce of determination and with 51 seconds left in the game Chris Terry fired home a point shot to even the score at 2-2 and force overtime.
In the extra minutes, Daniel Audette came in hard to the net with Daniel Carr and Jakub Jerabek and found the back of the net in a thrilling OT victory.
The Rocket now head back to Laval for a short stint at home against the Utica Comets and Lehigh Valley Phantoms before heading out to Manitoba over the weekend for a back-to-back against the Moose.
▲ Daniel Audette, Michael McNiven, Jakub Jerabek, Nicolas Deslauriers, Kyle Baun
|0 for 5||Power Play||0 for 2|
|AHL Three Stars|
|Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Tom Parisi
Post-game interview with Kyle Baun
Post-game interview with Jeremy Gregoire
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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