Bittersweet Ending | PLAYOFF RECAP: LAV @ UTC


GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Utica Comets: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL – OT | Play-In Round Game 2 | Friday, April 21, 2023

Utica wins best-of-three series 2-0

Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, NY






Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Brandon Gignac – Anthony Richard

Emil Heineman – Lucas Condotta – Pierrick Dube

Gabriel Bourque – Peter Abbandonato – Jesse Ylonen

Xavier Simoneau – Danick Martel – Joel Teasdale

Defense pairings

William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman

Mattias Norlinder – Frederic Allard

Jayden Struble – Olivier Galipeau


Cayden Primeau – Kevin Poulin


John Parker-Jones, Jakub Dobes, Riley McKay, Jan Mysak, Mitchell Stephens, Nolan Yaremko, Tory Dello


Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Otto Leskinen, Madison Bowey, Nicolas Beaudin

Game Report

Game Report written by Amy Johnson

After falling in the first game of their best-of-three series against the Utica Comets on Wednesday night, the Rocket headed on the road in hopes of extending their season to a winner-takes-all game three.

The scoreboard didn’t register the first goal of the game until the second period, when Frederic Allard found the back of the net for Laval. It seemed as though the visitors would hold onto that slim one-goal lead for a victory, to force game three, but Reilly Walsh changed that in the dying seconds of regulation.

With just two second left on the clock, in a flurry of desperate activity in front of Laval’s net, Walsh managed to get a puck past Cayden Primeau to send the game to overtime.

That momentum for Utica carried over into the extra minutes, and the Comets dominated the puck in the opening minutes. Samuel Laberge didn’t waste any time when he had an opportunity to put another puck past Primeau just 2:45 into OT.

The loss meant Laval’s season came to a quick close in the playoffs, finding themselves without a postseason win in their two games played.

Plus / Minus

▲ Mattias Norlinder, Frederic Allard

▼ Lucas Condotta, Pierrick Dube, Xavier Simoneau

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
26 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (0-2-0-0) 0 1 0 0 1
Comets (2-0-0-0) 0 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Allard (1)
  • UTC: Walsh (2), Laberge (1)
  • LAV: Primeau (L) 0-2-0-0
  • UTC: Daws (W) 2-0-0-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Nico Daws  UTC
  2. Samuel Laberge  UTC
  3. Reilly Walsh  UTC


 Video Highlights
Video highlights will be added when available

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s game

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