|2017-18 Season, Game 2 | Saturday October 7, 2017
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Terry – McCarron – Scherbak
Holland – Froese – Waked
Deslauriers – Audette – Gregoire
Petti – Eisenschmid – Baun
Taormina – Lernout
Jerabek – Leblanc
Parisi – Bourque
Daniel Carr, David Broll, Yannick Veilleux, Martin Reway, Eric Gelinas
Noah Juulsen (foot), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)
After shutting out Belleville in the home and season opener on Friday night, the Laval Rocket faced off against the same team again on Saturday. A couple of lineup changes for Laval saw Martin Reway and Eric Gelinas scratched, with Niki Petti and Jakub Jerabek sliding into the lineup.
On the opposite bench, Belleville opted to go with 11 forwards and seven defenseman in an effort to crack Charlie Lindgren in goal. That decision seemed to pay off in the first period with Thomas Chabot scoring the first goal in the new franchise’s history. Despite outshooting Belleville 19-7 in the opening frame, the Rocket couldn’t find the back of the net.
All of that changed in the second period when Laval scored three unanswered goals and shifted momentum to their end of the ice. First Stefan Leblanc and Peter Holland each potted even-strength goals, and then Markus Eisenschmid found the back of the net on a power play to give his team its first lead of the night.
The ice continued to tilt in Laval’s favor into the final frame as Niki Petti scored his first goal of the season, quickly followed by Holland’s second of the night. After a lackluster first 20 minutes of play, the Rocket seemed to find their rhythm and Lindgren kept things close to allow for the massive comeback.
Holland would score a second time and Jeremy Gregoire would pot a shorthanded goal to cap off the night and seal a big victory for the Rocket, coming back with six unanswered goals to defeat the Senators.
The Rocket now have a few days of rest and practice before their next two-game series begins next weekend when the Binghamton Devils come to town.
▲ Markus Eisenschmid, Peter Holland, Michael McCarron, Jakub Jerabek, Antoine Waked, Jeremy Gregoire, Niki Petti
|1 for 4||Power Play||2 for 6|
|AHL Three Stars|
Quotes courtesy of AHL Report
|Social Media: Follow @TheAHLReport on Twitter|
Follow @theAHLReport on Twitter
Be sure to follow @AllHabs on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube