Hartford Wolf Pack vs Laval Rocket Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Rocket Sports Media, AHL

FINAL | Regular Season – Game 11 | Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Place Bell, Laval, QC

ROCKET

Laval

4-1

WOLF PACK

Hartford

Photo by Laval Rocket

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Phil Varone – Jake Evans – Alex Belzile

Charles Hudon – Ryan Poehling – Nikita Jevpalovs

Matthew Peca – Michael McCarron – Dale Weise

Alexandre Alain – Lukas Vejdemo – Joe Cox

Defense pairings

Gustav Olofsson – Xavier Ouellet

Otto Leskinen – Noah Juulsen

David Sklenicka – Josh Brook

Goaltenders

Charlie Lindgren – Cayden Primeau

Scratches

Maxim Lamarche, Kevin Lynch, Michael Pezzetta, Antoine Waked, David Sklenicka

Injuries

William Pelletier (undisclosed), Riley Barber (upper body)

Game Report

The Laval Rocket were back on home ice Wednesday night after escaping a poorly-executed three-game road trip with three of six possible points. The Rocket were looking to build on their win from Saturday night when they faced off once again with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

For the first half of the opening period, play was pretty quiet as both teams found some difficulty getting shots through. Hartford started to edge out the Rocket on the shot clock, but two consecutive penalties for the Wolf Pack turned the tide for Laval and gave them some momentum.

On the second penalty, a slashing call on Ty Ronning, Michael McCarron pushed at the puck as it rebounded off of Igor Shesterkin and managed to get it under the goaltender’s right pad and across the goal line.

The second period continued the trend of tightly-played hockey at both ends of the ice. Ryan Poehling took Laval’s first penalty of the game but the Rocket, and their first-in-the-league penalty kill, managed to make it through unscathed.

At one point, Alexandre Alain had a very nice breakaway opportunity, deking around a Hartford defender in the offensive zone and putting a shot right onto Shesterkin, but the goaltender got his pad down just in time.

With less than five minutes remaining in the period, and after a few minutes of heavy Laval pressure, the Wolf Pack forced a turnover below the Rocket’s net and Steven Fogarty quickly dished the puck up to Tim Gettinger who fired it straight into Charlie Lindgren’s net to even the score at 1-1.

Things could have gone sideways for Laval in the third period as the team took three penalties in the final 20 minutes, but instead the ice seemed to tilt in their favor and the even-strength goals started coming.

Alain got a second breakaway attempt and he muscled his way to the blue paint to put the puck away this time, unassisted. Then Charles Hudon went top shelf on a laser shot from the top of the circle, also unassisted, to give the Rocket a two-goal lead. Nikita Jevpalovs sealed the win with an empty-netter.

It was a decisive victory for Laval, one that they’ve needed, and Charlie Lindgren stood tall in net. These two teams will face each other once again on Friday night at Place Bell. 

Be sure to scroll down to listen to audio from post-game interviews in the player below.

Plus / Minus

▲  Alexandre Alain, Charles Hudon, Charlie Lindgren

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The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET   WOLF PACK
24 Shots 23
1 for 4 Power Play 0 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (5-5-1-0) 1 0 3 4
Wolf Pack (8-1-0-1) 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: McCarron (1), Alain (2), Hudon (3), Jevpalovs (3)
  • HFD: Gettinger (2)
  • LAV: Lindgren (W) 2-3-1-0
  • HFD: Shesterkin (L) 5-1-0-1

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Alexandre Alain  LAV
  2. Charles Hudon  LAV
  3. Noah Juulsen  LAV

Watch

 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard

Post-game interview with Alexandre Alain

Post-game interview with Charlie Lindgren

Post-game interview with Noah Juulsen

Post-game interview with Charles Hudon

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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