|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 34 | Sunday December 31, 2017
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
DiDomenico – White – Rodewald
McCormick – O’Brien – Blunden
Perron – Paul – Gagne
Werek – Reinhart – Randell
Murray – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Lajoie – Erkamps
Scratches: Vincent Dunn, Daniel Ciampini, Danny Taylor, Chris Driedger
Injured Reserve: Kyle Flanagan, Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff
The Belleville Senators got right back to work Sunday afternoon in a New Year’s Eve clash with the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies were no doubt looking for some revenge after falling short against Belleville on Boxing Day.
The opening period was a back and forth frame. The teams exchanged some high quality scoring chances but Garret Sparks and Andrew Hammond both made some solid saves early on. But after a pair of Belleville penalties, the Marlies found themselves on an extended five-on-three. Andreas Johnsson was the beneficiary of some pretty puck movement, easily beating Hammond to make it 1-0. After 20, the Senators trailed 1-0.
In the second period, the Marlies added to their lead. The Senators were on the man advantage, but it was Toronto who put one on the board. It was Kasperi Kapanen sniping one over the shoulder of Hammond off a great pass from Frederik Gauthier. After two periods, the Marlies led the Senators 2-0 and were out-shooting them 28-12.
In the third period the Senators managed to beat Sparks thanks to Chris DiDomenico scoring off a feed from Max McCormick, but Gauthier was a man on a mission. He scored a short-handed tally and scored a beauty of a goal after the DiDomenico goal to restore Toronto’s three-goal lead. Adam Brooks scored to close the door on the Senators who lost this game 5-1.
After a great performance Saturday night against Providence, the Senators were thoroughly dominated by the well-rested Marlies. Belleville gets back to work Wednesday when they return home to battle the Binghamton Devils.
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