|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 72 | Friday April 6, 2018
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Formenton – Paul – Sturtz
Kelly – Scarfo – Rodewald
Leier – Dziurzynski – Gagne
Moutrey – Reinhart – Ciampini
Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Murray – Sieloff
Scratches: Tyler Randell, Ethan Werek, Macoy Erkamps, Ville Pokka, Eric Selleck
Injured Reserve: Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan, Mike Blunden, Ben Sexton, Jim O’Brien
After a disappointing result on Wednesday night when the Belleville Senators fell short against the Springfield Thunderbirds, Belleville got back to work Friday when they visited the Rochester Americans. The last time these two teams met was back in February when the Senators beat Rochester 2-0. The Americans were looking to avenge that loss in this one.
The first period was played at a good pace. The goaltenders were both solid in the period. Marcus Hogberg and Jonas Johansson did not have to deal with many high quality chances, but they were both solid when called upon in the early going. But after an Erik Burgdoerfer interference penalty, the Amerks struck on the power play. Colin Blackwell received a nice pass from Dan O’Regan and fired one five-hole past Hogberg. After one period, the Senators trailed 1-0.
The second period was a completely different story. Belleville scored four unanswered in the frame and they got it started early. Parker Kelly scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway to get the Senators on the board just 46 seconds into the period. Just over a minute later, Boston Leier deflected home a Patrick Sieloff shot to make it 2-1.
Nick Paul got in on the action with his 12th of the season just over two minutes after the goal from Leier, and to cap it all off, Jack Rodewald scored a power play marker off a nice feed from Christian Jaros in the dying moments of the frame to make it 4-1. After 40, the Senators led by three thanks to four unanswered goals.
The third period brought more of the same. Belleville had four consecutive power play opportunities in the frame and they made good on the last one. It was a beautiful wrist shot from Paul for his second on the night. The Senators were the better team on the ice tonight and it resulted in a huge 5-1 victory.
Belleville played a phenomenal game. They showed some resilience after trailing early in this game, going on to score four unanswered goals in the second period. The Senators will look to keep the good times rolling when they head back home to face the Laval Rocket.
▲ Nick Paul, Marcus Hogberg, Patrick Sieloff, Jordan Murray, Christian Jaros
|2 for 6||Power Play||1 for 5|
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