FINAL (SO) | 2017-18 Season, Game 73 | Saturday April 7, 2018 
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON

ROCKET
Laval

2-3

SENATORS
Belleville

Photo by Belleville Senators

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

Terry – Cracknell – Boucher
Gregoire – Petti – Waked
Veilleux – Eisenschmid – Korostelev
Broll – Beauregard – Felhaber

Plant – Taormina
Parisi – Owens
McFadden – Austin

Goaltenders:
Lindgren
McNiven

Scratches:

Eric Gelinas, Zach Fucale, Rinat Valiev, Jeremiah Addison (flu), Simon Bourque (DTD), Thomas Ebbing (DTD), Daniel Audette (lower body), Stefan Leblanc (day to day)

Injury List:

Game Report

The Rocket ended their weekend with a short road trip to Ontario to visit the Belleville Senators. After taking too many goals against yet again on Friday night, they were looking to play a tighter game and get more shots on net. They succeeded at both of those tasks at Yardmen Arena.

The first two periods were admittedly pretty uneventful, as a familiar scene played out when Belleville scored two consecutive goals and the Laval team seemed to be on track to sit back and let another game slip through their fingers.

But the Rocket managed to keep pace with the Senators in the shots on goal category and even outshot them in more than one period.  At one point, on the power play, Chris Terry believed he had scored a goal but the officiating crew were confident in their no-goal call on the ice and did not choose to go to video review.  Matt Taormina and Adam Cracknell were credited with assists.

Then the third period came in full force when Terry, celebrating his birthday, scored back-to-back goals to even the score and take a three-point lead in the AHL points race.

An overtime period solved nothing, as both teams played well and Charlie Lindgren stood firm in the crease, making some very big saves in the final minute to keep his team in the game.

In the shootout, the goaltenders continued to shine as no shooters were able to find their way through to the back of the net until the fifth round when Jack Rodewald found mesh.

All that’s left for the Rocket’s season now is two games against Toronto: one at home on Friday, and one on the road on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully they can reproduce their effort today for those games.

▲     Chris Terry, Adam Cracknell, Matt Taormina, Charlie Lindgren

 Statistics 
ROCKET SENATORS
45 Shots 33
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
11 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (24-40-7-3) 0 0 2 0 0 2
 Senators (28-40-2-3) 1 1 0 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Terry (31), Terry (32)
  • BEL: Leier (4), Lajoie (1)
  • LAV: Lindgren (L) 8-18-8-3
  • BEL: Gustavsson (W) 2-2-0-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jack Rodewald  BEL
  2. Filip Gustavsson  BEL
  3. Maxime Lajoie  BEL

 Video highlights

 

 Post-game interview
 

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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