|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 76 | Sunday April 15, 2018
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Moutrey – Paul – Gagne
Werek – Scarfo – Rodewald
Selleck – Kelly – Blunden
Randell – Ciampini – Sturtz
Lajoie – Pokka
Sieloff – Jaros
Englund – Erkamps
Scratches: Alex Formenton, David Dziurzynski, Jordan Murray, Max Reinhart, Filip Chlapik, Danny Taylor, Colin White, Erik Burgdoerfer
Injured Reserve: Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan, Mike Blunden, Ben Sexton, Jim O’Brien
In their final game of the 2017-2018 season, the Belleville Senators visited their provincial rivals, the Toronto Marlies, for one last Battle of Ontario. Coming off a 3-1 victory over the Utica Comets the night before, the Senators were looking to end the season on a high note and get the last laugh over their biggest rival.
The first period had everything we have come to expect from the battle of Ontario. It took a while for the energy to pick up, but when it did the teams were playing fast and furiously. Daniel Ciampini scored a beauty, after a defensive zone turnover from Justin Holl, beating Ian Scott to give the Senators the lead.
The Marlies came right back just under three minutes later with a goal of their own from Andrew Nielson after a face-off in the Senators zone. After that goal, the rivalry started to heat up. Brady Ferguson nailed Parker Kelly in front of the Belleville bench and that led to Eric Selleck going after Nielson and the Toronto bench. This resulted in a Marlies power play that led to a goal from Pierre Engvall to make it 2-1. After 20 minutes, Toronto led by one.
In the second period, both teams scored a goal. Belleville got on the board early when Andrew Sturtz scored to tie it up at two. But late in the frame, the Marlies headed back to the man advantage and they made Belleville pay for a second time. Adam Brooks was the beneficiary of a nice pass from Mason Marchment, firing it past Filip Gustavsson to restore the Marlies lead. After two periods, the Marlies led 3-2.
In the third period, the Senators came out strong. Just 44 seconds into the period, Nick Paul went top self on Scott to tie the game up, 3-3. But after that, the Senators could not stay out of the penalty box. They did not cave in for a third time on the penalty kill, but the momentum clearly shifted back to Toronto. With just over two minutes remaining in the period, Jeremy Bracco banked one off Gustavsson from behind the net to put the Marlies back on top 4-3, and that was the game-winning goal.
The Senators came close to getting the last laugh over their provincial rival, but a great performance from Scott in his professional debut lifted the Marlies over the Senators. It was a tough loss that saw the Senators take penalty after penalty, but it was not a bad performance from Belleville in their season finale.
▲ Nick Paul, Daniel Ciampini
▼ Patrick Sieloff, Ville Pokka
|0 for 2||Power Play||2 for 9|
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