|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 49 | Wednesday February 7, 2018
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Werek – O’Brien – Gagne
Paul – Chlapik – Sexton
Ciampini – Reinhart – Blunden
Dunn – Flanagan – Randell
Sieloff – Harpur
Englund – Burgdoerfer
Corrin – Erkamps
Scratches: Chris Driedger, Andrew Hammond
Injured Reserve: Christian Jaros, Max Lajoie, Jordan Murray, Francis Perron
The Belleville Senators were back in action on Wednesday night when they continued their road trip in Rochester for a battle with the Americans. The Senators were coming off a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and undoubtedly looking for a bounce back performance, but the Amerks posed a tough challenge.
The opening frame was a good one for the Senators. After seven minutes of back and forth play, Belleville struck first. Kyle Flanagan was the beneficiary of a beautiful pass from Tyler Randell behind the net to make it 1-0. The Senators kept the pressure on Rochester after the Flanagan goal, applying a heavy fore-check and hemming the Amerks in. After one, Belleville led by one.
The second period was rather uneventful until a scary collision between Nicolas Baptiste and Willie Corrin that resulted in Corrin leaving the ice on a stretcher and Baptiste heading to the box for barding. The Senators found themselves on a two-man advantage after the Amerks were nailed for delay of game. But as Baptiste exited the box he got sprung on a breakaway. Gabriel Gagne slashed him, leading to a penalty shot. Baptiste hit the post, keeping the Amerks off the board. After 40 minutes, Belleville led 1-0.
In the third period, the Americans came out swinging. They threw everything at Marcus Hogberg to try to even the score. Though there were some scrambles in front of the Belleville net, the Amerks did not capitalize and Max Reinhart put the game away with an empty-netter.
The Senators played a strong game tonight. Backstopped by a great performance from Hogberg, who picked up the first shutout in franchise history, Belleville played very well in the first two periods and managed to hold on late to get their 20th win of the season. The Senators finished this road trip strong as they return home to battle the Toronto Marlies on Friday night.
▲ Marcus Hogberg, Tyler Randell, Kyle Flanagan
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 1|
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