|FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 62 | Friday March 9, 2018
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Paul – White – Gagne
Sexton – Chlapik – Rodewald
Selleck – Reinhart – Blunden
Werek – Ciampini – Randell
Englund – Pokka
Sieloff – Lajoie
Murray – Erkamps
Scratches: Matt Petgrave, Nick Moutrey
Injured Reserve: Christian Jaros, Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan
After a draining three games in as many days for the Belleville Senators, they got back to work Friday when they visited the Laval Rocket. Both teams have struggled this season, but Laval got the better of Belleville in their last three match-ups. The Senators were looking to get some revenge in this one.
The first period was an uneventful frame. The teams exchanged power plays and the goalies were sharp. Danny Taylor came up big with a couple of saves while the Senators were short-handed after a Jordan Murray holding penalty and Zachary Fucale was solid in the period for Laval, stopping all 10 shots he faced. After 20 minutes of play, the teams were scoreless.
There was a little more action in the second period. Though the first half of the middle frame was uneventful, the pace picked up in the second half. It started with Gabriel Gagne scoring his 18th of the season to open the scoring. But just over 20 seconds later, the Rocket responded courtesy of Eric Gelinas to tie it up, 1-1. Ben Sexton got it back for the Senators on the power play to restore the Belleville lead. After two periods, the Senators led 2-1.
The third period started out well for the Senators. Jack Rodewald scored just under two minutes into the frame, but after that it was all Rocket. Just under three minutes later, Gelinas scored his second of the night on the power play to cut the Belleville lead in half. To cap it off, Gelinas tied the game up with just under two minutes remaining, to send the game to overtime.
In the overtime period, the teams went back and forth in the opening moments exchanging some high quality chances. That was until the Senators got nailed for too many men on the ice. The Rocket headed to the man advantage and Chris Terry sniped one past Taylor to win the game for Laval.
The Senators have now dropped three in a row and have also dropped their last four encounters with the Rocket. They have a chance to get some revenge tomorrow night when these teams turn right around to do battle once again.
▲ Ben Sexton
|1 for 4||Power Play||2 for 6|
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