GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 4, Away Game 2 | Friday, October 21, 2022|
|Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA|
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton
Rocket LineupForward lines
Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Mitchell Stephens – Jesse Ylonen
Anthony Richard – Brandon Gignac – Alex Belzile
Lucas Condotta – Nate Schnarr – Gabriel Bourque
Xavier Simoneau – Jan Mysak – Danick MartelDefense pairings
Otto Leskinen – Justin Barron
Mattias Norlinder – Tory Dello
William Trudeau – Madison BoweyGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Kevin PoulinScratches
Brennan Saulnier, Joel Teasdale, Alex Green, Pierrick Dube, Peter AbbandonatoInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee)
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
Coming off of their first win of the season, the Rocket find themselves south of the border this weekend with a pair of games in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. First up was a visit to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and former captain Xavier Ouellet.
Not many changes were made to the Rocket lineup, with Cayden Primeau taking up netminder duties again after posting his first shutout of the season on Wednesday night, and Mitchell Stephens returning to the ice after serving a two-game suspension.
The opening 20 minutes of this game were likely ones that the Rocket would sooner rather forget. It took the visitors most of the period to get the number on their side of the shot clock above three, which was ironically the same number of power play opportunities they gifted to the Penguins.
On their first man-advantage chance, Wilkes-Barre came up big with a quick wrister by Alex Nylander. That was followed up in the second half of the period with a laser ripped past Primeau by Nathan Legare, who took advantage of a blue line turnover to put the Penguins up 2-0.
A combination of too many penalties and an inability to maintain puck possession made for a very tough period for the Rocket.
Things evened out and settled down quite a bit in the second period, particularly when Wilkes-Barre was called for a penalty just 16 seconds after the opening faceoff. Although the Rocket couldn’t convert on the power play, it seemed to give them a bit of time to get into a rhythm.
Both teams had some golden opportunities, but both Primeau and Dustin Tokarski were able to keep the puck out their respective nets. With just 10 seconds left before intermission, the Rocket were given another power play opportunity, which would carry over into the third period.
Laval really ramped up their offensive efforts in the third period, outshooting their opponent for the first time all night. They pressured the Penguins at every turn, and even drew a late penalty with less than five minutes to go.
Jean-Francois Houle pulled his goaltender at the start of the power play, and it paid off when Gabriel Bourque was able to shovel a loose rebound past Tokarski. The Rocket remained at a six-on-five advantage after that, but couldn’t come up with one more goal to tie the game and force overtime.
What’s Next?The Rocket continue this short road trip on Saturday night when they travel to Connecticut for a visit with the Bridgeport Islanders.
Plus / Minus
▲ Justin Barron, Jesse Ylonen, Jan Mysak, Mattias Norlinder
▼ Lucas Condotta, Cayden Primeau, Danick Martel
|1 for 3||Power Play||1 for 3|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s game
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