|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 48 | Saturday February 3, 2018
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Paul – Chlapik – Sexton
Werek – Flanagan – Blunden
Ciampini – Reinhart – Randell
Sieloff – Harpur
Englund – Burgdoerfer
Corrin – Erkamps
Scratches: Chris Driedger, Andrew Hammond, Jack Rodewald
Injured Reserve: Christian Jaros, Max Lajoie, Jordan Murray, Francis Perron
After a 3-2 shootout victory over the Binghamton Devils on Friday, the Belleville Senators headed to Connecticut for a battle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Belleville was looking to build off of their victory from the night before after they snapped a four-game losing streak.
But the Senators did not get off to a great start. Just over five minutes into the game, Ben Holmstrom while falling to the ice to open the scoring. Later in the frame Josh Ho-Sang put on a show. He spun around a diving Senator and found a wide open Connor Jones who beat Danny Taylor to double the Sound Tigers lead. After one, Belleville trailed Bridgeport 2-0.
The second period was better for the Senators but it did not pay off on the scoreboard. Though they did out-shoot the Sound Tigers 10-5, Bridgeport added to their lead. It was Holmstrom scoring his second of the night off a lovely centering pass from Kane Lafranchise to make it 3-0. At the end of two, Belleville trailed by three.
In the third period, the Senators put one on the board. Filip Chlapik spoiled Christopher Gibson‘s shutout effort, on the power play, off a nice feed from Nick Paul to bring Belleville back within two. Unfortunately, that was as close as Belleville came as some late penalties hindered any comeback attempt.
The Senators were outplayed on this night. They had an advantage in shots for most of the game but struggled to get any high quality chances. Once again, untimely penalties derailed them and gave the Sound Tigers momentum. Belleville has a few days to examine this loss before they continue their road trip in Rochester for a meeting with the Americans.
▼ Mike Blunden, Patrick Sieloff
|1 for 2||Power Play||0 for 5|
|AHL Three Stars|
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