GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Rochester Americans: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 59, Away Game 31 | Wednesday, March 15, 2023
|Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY
Rocket LineupForward lines
Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Joel Teasdale
Danick Martel – Peter Abbandonato – Pierrick Dube
Xavier Simoneau – Jan Mysak – Gabriel Bourque
Riley McKay – Nolan Yaremko – Mattias Norlinder (seventh defenseman)Defense pairings
William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman
Olivier Galipeau – Tory Dello
Nicolas Beaudin – Madison BoweyGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Philippe DesrosiersScratches
Frederic Allard, John Parker-Jones, Jayden StrubleInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Otto Leskinen, Kevin Poulin (upper-body), Brandon Gignac
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
The Laval Rocket wrapped up their road trip on Wednesday night with a visit to Rochester to take on the Americans. Coming off of a devastating 5-2 loss to Springfield on Saturday night, the Rocket needed to have a strong game in Rochester and come away with two points. The Amerks, in fourth place in the North Division coming into tonight’s game, were sitting just one point ahead of Laval in the standings.
In the lineup, Jean-Francois Houle returned to deploying seven defensemen, and also got the services of Xavier Simoneau back up front.
The Rocket controlled the puck for the better portion of the opening 10 minutes. It even looked like they had scored the first goal of the night, but the officials immediately said no goal, as the puck had gone into the net off of a player’s hand.
Play remained pretty neutral for the rest of the period, unless you take into account the six penalties both teams racked up in the final seven minutes of the frame. Neither team could capitalize on their respective power play opportunities, including a five-on-three advantage for the Amerks.
Rochester did finally manage to open the scoring in the game when Linus Weissbach was in the box for hooking. Brandon Biro scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated it quickly up the ice. William Trudeau was weak on his defensive play, and Biro easily put the puck past Cayden Primeau for a shorthanded goal.
Third PeriodFinally, in the third period, both teams found some discipline and no additional penalties were handed out. Laval had a couple of decent scoring chances, but couldn’t find a way to beat Malcolm Subban. Lukas Rousek put the game away for Rochester with an empty-net goal in the final minute of play.
With Rochester and Belleville both winning games on this night, the Rocket now slip to sixth place in the division, and out of a playoff position for now.
Earlier in the day, the Montreal Canadiens signed NCAA defenseman Jayden Struble to a two-year entry-level contract, which will begin next season. Struble also signed an AHL contract in order to report to Laval and finish the season with the Rocket. He’ll likely join the team once they’re back in Quebec this week, preparing for two games against the Utica Comets at Place Bell on Friday and Saturday.
Plus / Minus
▲ Gabriel Bourque, Mattias Norlinder
▼ William Trudeau, Tory Dello
|0 for 4
|0 for 3
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars
|Video highlights will be added when available
What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s away game
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