Close, But Not Quite Enough | RECAP: MB @ LAV


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

FINAL – OT | Game 33, Home Game 18 | Friday, January 6, 2023
Place Bell, Laval, QC






Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Alex Belzile – Rem Pitlick

Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Jesse Ylonen

Joel Teasdale – Peter Abbandonato – Gabriel Bourque

Xavier Simoneau – Nate Schnarr – Pierrick Dube

Defense pairings

William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman

Mattias Norlinder – Nicolas Beaudin

Olivier Galipeau – Santino Centorame


Cayden Primeau – Kevin Poulin


John Parker-Jones, Anthony Beauregard, Eric Williams


Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Madison Bowey (upper-body), Jan Mysak (DTD), Danick Martel (DTD), Otto Leskinen, Brandon Gignac, Tory Dello

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Laval Rocket ended a four-game homestand on Friday by hosting the Manitoba Moose. Laval was looking into repeating Wednesday’s performance that led to a 6-3 victory.

Jean-Francois Houle made one change to his forward group as Pierrick Dube returned to the lineup after being scratched on Wednesday. John Parker-Jones was scratched. No changes to the six defencemen for the encore.

In goal, Cayden Primeau made his first start since Nov. 25th. Primeau stopped 32 pucks that night in a victory against the Belleville Senators.

First Period

Laval got an early power play opportunity with a hooking infraction called against Manitoba at 1:14 mark. The Moose escaped unharmed for the minor penalty, holding the Rocket to two shots on goal.   

Manitoba opened the scoring during the seventh minute of the frame when Primeau came out of his crease to play the puck. The goalie had plenty of time and room around him and ended up giving the puck to Dominic Toninato. Toninato had a wide open net to easily make it 1-0.  

Mitchell Stephens was inches away from tying the game when he hit the post on goalie Arvid Holm‘s glove side.

The Rocket was given a second power play and it started on the wrong foot. Nicolas Beaudin made a blind pass that was intercepted by Cole Maier. Maier headed on a breakaway, but his shot missed the net.

Jesse Ylonen and Rem Pitlick obtained back to back scoring chances on the counter attack that were stopped by Holm.

Second Period

Laval began the period with Santino Centorame in the penalty box from a holding minor during the final minute of the first period. The penalty kill unit prevented the Moose from taking any shots on goal until the expiration of the infraction.  

The trio of William Trudeau, Beaudin and Xavier Simoneau nearly tied the score on a tic-tac-toe play but Holm made a pad save on Simoneau. Later in the period, Holm made a key stop on Mattias Norlinder after he was set up in the slot by Beaudin during four-on-four play.  

Manitoba doubled the lead at 9:48 when Evan Polei tapped in a pass by Maier. Maier crashed into Primeau after the puck crossed the line. The goalie was shaken for a few minutes but remained in the game.  

A little over a minute later, the Moose made it 3-0 when Wyatt Bongiovanni‘s shot trickled behind Primeau. The forward knocked in the rolling puck to make sure it crossed the red line.  

On the next shift, Trudeau dropped the gloves against Jeff Malott to try to spark his team and the fans at Place Bell.  

Laval was awarded a power play before the end of the period but did not convert.

Third Period

The Rocket came out in the third period determined to get back into the contest. Alex Belzile got the home team on the board after accepting a pass from Pitlick. Belzile beat Holm with a top corner glove side goal. Pitlick’s assist extended his point streak to five games.  

The Moose got the three-goal lead back shortly after when Daniel Torgesson was left open in the slot for the goal. 

Houle went all in and pulled Primeau with 5:43 remaining in regulation and the strategy paid off. Eleven seconds later, with the sixth attacker on the ice, Belzile tipped Pitlick’s shot to cut the lead. Corey Schueneman made it a one-goal game with 1:11 remaining when his shot through traffic beat Holm. 

Rafael Harvey-Pinard made the 8,042 fans at Place Bell get on their feet with 25 seconds remaining in the third with his 15th of the season. The sequence started with a faceoff win by Belzile that led to Joel Teasdale finding Harvey-Pinard open for the goal and force overtime.  

Manitoba contolled the overtime period and came out victorious when Jansen Harkins was left alone in front of Primeau. The forward capitalized on the opportunity and give Moose the victory.

What’s Next?

Manitoba’s 5-4 win snaps Laval’s three-game winning streak. The Rocket’s first line of Harvey-Pinard, Belzile, and Pitlick was key in the third period comeback combining seven points. With three assists, Pitlick extended his point streak to five-games with a total of 12 points.   

Earlier in the day, Laval announced the signature of defenceman Eric Williams to a PTO. He has 15 points in 31 GP with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Last season, he played 24 games with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL, where he collected six assists. 

Laval begins a three-game road trip in Toronto on Sunday against the Marlies at 4:00pm Eastern.  

Be sure to scroll down for audio clips from tonight’s post-game media interviews with Belzile, Beaudin, Trudeau and Houle, conducted by the AHL Report and other members of the press.

Plus / Minus

▲ Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Alex Belzile, Rem Pitlick

▼ Cayden Primeau, Gabriel Bourque, Nate Schnarr, Xavier Simoneau, Pierrick Dube

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
41 Shots 35
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 3
13 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (13-15-4-1) 0 1 3 0 4
Moose (17-10-2-1) 1 2 1 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Belzile (6), Belzile (7), Schueneman (5), Harvey-Pinard (15)
  • MB: Toninato (4), Polei (7), Bongiovanni (7), Torgersson (3), Harkins (6)
  • LAV: Primeau (L) 4-6-3-1
  • MB: Holm (W) 9-4-2-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Alex Belzile  LAV
  2. Rem Pitlick  LAV
  3. Dominic Toninato  MB


 Video Highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews
Jean-Francois Houle Alex Belzile Nicolas Beaudin William Trudeau

Post-game interviews conducted for The AHL Report tonight by Chris G

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