|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 67 | Saturday March 24, 2018
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Scarfo – White – Sexton
Moutrey – O’Brien – Rodewald
Dziurzynski – Reinhart – Werek
Leier – Ciampini – Randell
Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Sieloff – Jaros
Murray – Pokka
Scratches: Macoy Erkamps, Eric Selleck, Filip Gustavsson
Injured Reserve: Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan, Nick Paul, Gabriel Gagne, Mike Blunden, Andreas Englund
After coming up short in the first game of a home-and-home series with the Toronto Marlies, the Belleville Senators headed to Toronto looking to take one from their provincial rivals. Trailing the season series 8-2, the Senators were looking to take their second last game against the Marlies this season.
The first period was similar to the first period of last night’s game. Belleville had the better chances in the period, including two clear-cut chances on Calvin Pickard. First it was Jim O’Brien on a two-on-one but was denied by Pickard. Later in the frame, Nick Moutrey had a short-handed breakaway, but again was stoned by Pickard. After one period of play the teams were scoreless.
But in the second period, the Senators got on the board. Three minutes into the period, Jordan Murray stepped across the Toronto blueline and beat Pickard with a slapshot to make it 1-0. Later in the frame, Max Reinhart beat Pickard with a nice wrist shot, off a feed from newcomer David Dziurzynski.
Belleville took a two-goal lead, and chased Pickard after he took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and was replaced by Garret Sparks. From there it was the goaltenders who stood tall. Especially Danny Taylor who denied Jeremy Bracco and a few minutes later he robbed Chris Mueller point blank with the glove to keep it 2-0. After 40 minutes, the Senators led by two.
In the third period the Marlies made it interesting. Just under four minutes into the period, Miro Aaltonen got Toronto on the board after Taylor lost track of the puck as it went behind the net. Just under a minute later, Andrew Nielson wired one past Taylor to tie it up. But Belleville would not be denied in this one. Moutrey scored his first as a Senator to restore the Belleville lead. Colin White added an empty-netter to make it a 4-2 final.
Belleville played a solid game against the top team in their division. After they fell apart in the second period of Friday’s game, they thoroughly outplayed the Marlies for 40 minutes and showed some character late in the game when they restored their lead. The Senators get back to work Sunday when they host the Laval Rocket.
▲ Danny Taylor, Jordan Murray, David Dziurzynski, Nick Moutrey
|0 for 5||Power Play||0 for 4|
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