|FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 5 | Wednesday October 17, 2018
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Agostino – Chaput – Belzile
Shinkaruk – McCarron – Alain
Jevpalovs – Evans – Froese
Audette – Vejdemo – Grenier
Kulak – Lamarche
Olofsson – Lernout
Moravcik – Sklenicka
Jeremiah Addison, Hayden Verbeek, Cale Fleury, Michael Pezzetta, Adam Plant, Etienne Marcoux
For the first mid-week game on the Rocket’s schedule this year, they welcomed the Hartford Wolf Pack into Place Bell on Wednesday night. The last time these two teams met, on opening weekend, Hartford downed Laval 3-1.
On this night, the Wolf Pack found themselves shorthanded right out of the gate when Shawn St. Amant was dealt an interference penalty just 30 seconds into the game. Laval’s power play unit couldn’t take advantage of the early opportunity, and the remainder of the first period was evenly played as both teams got some decent shots on net, but not much more than perimeter shots.
Charlie Lindgren had a notable save in the opening frame when his brother, Hartford forward Ryan Lindgren, released a quick wrister from the circle. The Laval netminder flashed the leather and came up with a good glove save on his younger sibling.
Just before the end of the period, Michael McCarron took a high-sticking minor and the Rocket found their way onto the scoreboard thanks to a shorthanded goal by Michael Chaput off a cross-ice feed from Alex Belzile.
Early in the second period, Lukas Vejdemo potted his first goal of the season as he fought his way through traffic in the slot to put the puck into the Wolf Pack net. Then, while Brett Lernout served a high-sticking penalty, Chaput found the back of the net shorthanded yet again.
Before the end of the period, the Rocket were leading 4-0 thanks to a late goal by Hunter Shinkaruk who deflected the puck from the slot off a quick pass from Maxim Lamarche.
The Wolf Pack finally got on the board in the third period when they converted a power play opportunity. Laval sat back a bit in this period, allowing Hartford to control much of the play and the puck, but eventually righted the ship when Byron Froese went hard to the crease and banged in his own rebound to regain a four-goal lead.
Hartford found their way into the back of the Rocket’s net one more time, but the home team prevailed and managed a pretty dominant victory over the Wolf Pack. The Quebec team now just has two days before their next game, when they’ll play their first in a back-to-back series at home against the Springfield Thunderbirds.
▲ Alex Belzile, Gustav Olofsson, Michael Chaput, Charlie Lindgren
▼ Jake Evans, Michal Moravcik, Michael McCarron
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 6|
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