|2017-18 Season, Game 2 | Saturday October 7, 2017
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – Chlapik – Sexton
Reinhart – O’Brien – Blunden
DiDomenico – Perron – Gagne
Flanagan – Randell
Sieloff – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Chabot
Lajoie – Jaros
Scratches: Marcus Hogberg, Nick Paul
Injured Reserve: Jack Rodewald, Chris Driedger
After getting shutout in the opening game of the season on Friday, the Belleville Senators got right back to work against the same Laval Rocket, looking to crack the score sheet and the win column.
The first period looked very similar to the first period of Friday night’s game. The Rocket were able to create chances, but Danny Taylor was there to make some big saves early in the game. Those saves gave Belleville a chance and after a Laval too-many-men penalty, the Senators finally cashed in. After going zero for eight on the man advantage Friday night, Thomas Chabot made it 1-0, scoring the first goal in Belleville Senators history. At the end of 20 minutes, Belleville led Laval 1-0.
In the second period, the Senators found themselves with a few power play opportunities early in the frame. After a Brett Lernout delay of game penalty, Belleville went to work on an extended five-on-three power play. A minute into the two-man advantage, Chris DiDomenico was the beneficiary of a loose puck in front of a scrambling Charlie Lindgren, extending the Senators lead to 2-0.
But with plenty of game left to go, the Rocket started to gain a little momentum and that was all they needed. Stefan Leblanc scored off a nice dish from Daniel Audette to cut the Senators lead in half. Just over two minutes later, Peter Holland tied the game. After a Chabot boarding penalty, Markus Eisenschmid fired a one-timer past Taylor to make it 3-2. After 40 minutes of play, Belleville trailed Laval 3-2.
Laval continued to ride their momentum in the third and Belleville was not able to slow them down. Niki Petti and Holland would both score goals for the Rocket less than two minutes apart. After Holland’s second goal, Taylor was pulled from the net and Andrew Hammond took over for what remained of the third period. Jeremy Gregoire added another for the Rocket, shorthanded, to make it a 6-2 final score.
The Senators dropped both games in the opening two-game set of their season and put up very little resistance. Belleville will have almost a week to evaluate these two losses; their next game is not until October 13th, when they visit the Syracuse Crunch.
▲ Danny Taylor, Thomas Chabot
|2 for 6||Power Play||1 for 4|
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