|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 51 | Saturday February 10, 2018
Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, NY
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Paul – Chlapik – Sexton
Ciampini – Reinhart – Blunden
Dunn – Flanagan – Randell
Englund – Burgdoerfer
Sieloff – Harpur
Murray – Lajoie
Scratches: Chris Driedger, Andrew Hammond, Macoy Erkamps
Injured Reserve: Christian Jaros, Jack Rodewald, Willie Corrin, Francis Perron, Ethan Werek
Following a brief return home to battle the Toronto Marlies Friday night, the Belleville Senators headed back out on the road to visit the Utica Comets. After a tough result the night before, in which the Senators conceded seven goals, they were looking to tighten the screws and get out of Utica with a win.
Like the night before, Belleville allowed two quick goals to open the game. First it was Andrew Cherniwchan banging home the rebound off a Patrick Wiercioch shot to make it 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Cam Darcy doubled the Comets lead on the power play after he found the puck loose in front of Danny Taylor. He made no mistake to make it 2-0.
But before the period was out, the Senators cut into the Utica lead. After a Michael Chaput interference penalty, Nick Paul deflected home a point shot from Jordan Murray to make it 2-1. After 20 minutes of play, the Comets led the Senators 2-1.
In the second period, both teams scored a pair of goals. Jim O’Brien scored the first goal of the frame with a one-time blast off a nice pass from Max Lajoie. But just over three minutes later, Justin Taylor restored the Utica lead. Less than two minutes after the Taylor goal, Max McCormick struck back with a well-placed wrist shot to make it 3-3. But once again the Comets retook the lead courtesy of a Zack MacEwen power play marker. After two periods, the Comets led 4-3.
The third period was an uneventful frame, there was very little action as the Comets seemed content to ride this one out. The Senators had their chances to tie it back up but Utica held on to win this one 4-3.
Belleville has a few days to think about this loss before they get back in action when they visit the Laval Rocket on Wednesday.
▲ Jim O’Brien, Max McCormick
|1 for 3||Power Play||2 for 3|
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