|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 42 | Friday January 19, 2018
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Paul – O’Brien – Rodewald
Perron – Kelly – Blunden
McCormick – Reinhart – DiDomenico
Werek – Flanagan – Gagne
Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Murray – Erkamps
Scratches: Tyler Randell, Chris Driedger
Injured Reserve: Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff, Ben Harpur
The Belleville Senators and Laval Rocket kicked off their home-and-home series Friday night in Laval. The Senators were riding high coming off a pair of comeback victories over the Hartford Wolf Pack and Syracuse Crunch. They were also looking for some revenge over the Rocket who took the victory in their last match-up in Belleville.
The opening frame got off to a great start for the Senators. Just over five minutes into the action, Ethan Werek deflected a shot from Gabriel Gagne that fooled Charlie Lindgren to make it 1-0 Belleville. Danny Taylor was solid in the frame, making big saves on Eric Gelinas and Nikita Scherbak to keep the Senators in the lead. After 20 minutes of play, Belleville led 1-0.
The Senators kept it coming in the second period. Just over three minutes into the period, Jordan Murray put a harmless looking shot towards Lindgren that eluded him to make it 2-0. Less than a minute later, Mike Blunden fired home his fifth of the season off a nice pass from Jim O’Brien to extend the lead to three. Gagne also scored in the frame, chasing Lindgren in the process. After two periods, Belleville led 4-0.
In the third period, the Rocket got on the board. It was Adam Cracknell who spoiled Taylor’s shutout to make it 4-1. Later in the frame Antoine Waked was sprung on a breakaway by Michael McCarron but Taylor robbed him with the glove to keep the Senators lead at three goals. Belleville went on to win this game 4-1, backstopped by Taylor who made 36 saves.
The Senators were in control of this game from start to finish, winning their third game in a row in the process. Belleville and Laval get right back at it tomorrow night in Belleville.
▲ Danny Taylor, Gabriel Gagne, Mike Blunden, Jordan Murray
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 4|
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