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Laval Rocket vs Hartford Wolf Pack Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | Game 27, Away Game 13 | Saturday, January 15, 2022
XL Center, Hartford, CT

ROCKET

Laval

0-4

WOLF PACK

Hartford

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Danick Martel – Brandon Gignac – Kevin Roy

Brandon Baddock – Jean-Sebastien Dea – Gabriel Bourque

Justin Ducharme – Jean-Christophe Beaudin – Alexandre Fortin

Peter Abbandonato – Cam Hillis – Shawn St. Amant

Defense pairings

Terrance Amorosa – Tory Dello

Tobie Paquette-Bisson – Louie Belpedio

Olivier Galipeau – Charles-David Beaudoin

Goaltenders

Kevin Poulin – Louis-Philip Guindon

Scratches

Gianni Fairbrother, Cedric Desruisseaux, Ryan Valentini, Devante Smith-Pelly, Carl Neill

Injuries

Joel Teasdale (surgery), Josh Brook (surgery), Xavier Ouellet (lower-body injury)

Game Report

Game Report written by Amy Johnson

The Rocket maintain this week’s winning streak on Friday night when they made an astounding overtime comeback against the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Completing the back-to-back road series on Saturday night, the Quebec team made its way to Hartford for a tilt against the Wolf Pack. They would face former Canadiens goaltender Keith Kinkaid in net, while Kevin Poulin got a second consecutive start in as many nights.

First Period

Things got off to a rough start for the Rocket as Austin Rueschhoff buried a rebound just 96 seconds into the game.

The remainder of the period was mostly Hartford pressuring in Laval’s zone. Jean-Sebastien Dea had a good scoring chance early in the period, and Alexandre Fortin had a breakaway opportunity denied by Kinkaid. Only three other shots on net were registered by the Rocket in the period.

Second Period

Things didn’t improve much in the middle frame for the Rocket, despite the fact that they had quite a bit of power play time to try to get something going.

Halfway through the frame, Lauri Pajuniemi doubled the Hartford score when he banked the puck off of Poulin’s skate and into the Rocket net.

Laval managed to outshoot Hartford 11-7 in the period, but didn’t generate much in the way of high-danger scoring chances. All but three of their shots came from above the hash marks.

Third Period

Brandon Gignac left the game in the second period with an apparent injury to his hand or wrist and did not return in the third. Once again, Laval was unable to capitalize on their power play opportunities in this frame, and Hartford continued to disrupt any chance they had at maintaining offensive pressure.

The team didn’t seem to be able to overcome that sluggish first period, and despite making a push in the third period, gave up two empty-net goals which finished the game in a shutout for Hartford.

What’s Next?

The Rocket now return to Laval to get ready for their next game, held at Place Bell on Wednesday night, when they’ll host the Utica Comets.

Be sure to scroll down to hear full audio of post-game interviews with coach Houle conducted by the AHL Report team and other members of the media.

Plus / Minus

▲ Jean-Christophe Beaudin, Cam Hillis

▼ Danick Martel

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET   WOLF PACK
31 Shots 27
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (14-11-2-0) 0 0 0 0
Wolf Pack (16-10-3-2) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: No scoring.
  • HFD: Reuschhoff (6), Pajuniemi (8), Khodorenko (7)-ENG, Reuschhoff (7)
  • LAV: Poulin (L) 2-2-0-0
  • HFD: Kinkaid (W) 11-1-2-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Keith Kinkaid  HFD
  2. Lauri Pajuniemi  HFD
  3. Austin Rueschhoff  HFD

Watch

 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Jean-Francois Houle

Kevin Roy

Post-game interviews conducted tonight for the AHL Report by Amy Johnson

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