|FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 22 | Wednesday November 29, 2017
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Audette – Holland – Terry
[one_half_last]Taormina – Lernout
David Broll, Simon Bourque, Michael McNiven, Willie Corrin
Jeremiah Addison (shoulder), Markus Eisenschmid (lower body)
It’s not been an easy stretch for the Laval Rocket as they’ve come close to winning at least three of their last five games, but ultimately falling short of a victory. Tonight they headed out on the road again, first stopping in Belleville for a divisional matchup against the Senators.
The first period was a very good effort on both sides of the ice. Early on, Laval was outshooting the Sens and setting the tone and pace for the game. It took halfway through the period before the first penalty was called; it was Jordan Boucher who was whistled for tripping.
On the ensuing power play, it seemed as though Belleville may have gotten the puck past Charlie Lindgren on a laser shot off the post, but after review it was deemed it had deflected off the goalpost and the power play continued.
Colin White did get the Senators on the board first just a few minutes later when he blocked a shot by Eric Gelinas and took off on a breakaway. Gelinas was unable to catch up to him, and White sent the puck sailing past Lindgren.
The second period was a bit slower than the first, but for most of it players had much less open ice to work with. Both teams played a tight game and both goaltenders were seeing the puck with ease.
After White took a hooking penalty, the Rocket power play went to work. Noah Juulsen, who made his season debut with Laval on this night after being sidelined with a foot injury, had some quality chances during the man advantage and seemed to be easing back into the game.
Then Daniel Carr wired a wrister from the top of the faceoff circle to blast the puck past Andrew Hammond and tie the game at 1-1. He was assisted on the goal by Peter Holland. But as has happened in past games, the Rocket allowed their opponents to come right back and retake the lead after Gelinas took a hooking penalty and the team found themselves shorthanded.
Laval continued to outshoot the Senators in the third period, but Hammond found a way to shut the door each time. Then, finally, the Rocket power play found its feet again when Chris Terry fired off a quick shot from the circle with Michael McCarron providing a big screen in front of Hammond to even the score at 2-2.
The Rocket seemed to be pressuring hard throughout the rest of the period, even as the clock ticked down and it was clear that overtime would be needed. However it took less than a minute into the extra minutes for Jack Rodewald to sneak down low behind the net and beat Lindgren to the post on a wraparound attempt to end the game in favor of Belleville.
This pattern of battling back in a game, only to fall in overtime is becoming a bit too familiar for the Laval Rocket. They’ll now board the bus and head to Syracuse where they will take on the Crunch Friday night, followed by a rematch against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday.
▲ Chris Terry, Daniel Carr, Daniel Audette, Michael McCarron, Niki Petti
▼ Eric Gelinas, Antoine Waked
|1 for 3||Power Play||1 for 3|
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