GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Syracuse Crunch: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 69, Away Game 36 | Saturday, April 8, 2023|
|Upstate Medical University Arena, Syracuse, NY|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Anthony Richard – Peter Abbandonato – Xavier Simoneau
Emil Heineman – Mitchell Stephens – Pierrick Dube
Gabriel Bourque – Lucas Condotta – Joel Teasdale
Riley McKay – Jan Mysak – Danick MartelDefense pairings
William Trudeau – Nicolas Beaudin
Jayden Struble – Tory Dello
Mattias Norlinder – Olivier GalipeauGoaltenders
Kevin Poulin – Jakub DobesScratches
John Parker-Jones, Frederic Allard, Brandon Gignac, Nolan YaremkoInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Otto Leskinen, Madison Bowey
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
Only 24 hours had passed since Friday night’s devastating home loss to the Cleveland Monsters, which left the Rocket once again on the outside of the playoff picture, when they dropped the puck in Syracuse for their final road game of the regular season.
Historically, playing in the Crunch’s barn has been a tall task for Montreal’s AHL affiliate, and with Laval fighting to get back into a playoff spot couple with the home team fighting for home-ice advantage in the postseason, this game had all the making of an electric one.
The game jumped off quickly when Jack Thompson wristed a shot from the point that beat Kevin Poulin just 1:14 into the game. The Rocket had a couple of point-blank chances soon after that, but couldn’t get the puck in the net.
Jan Mysak evened the score on a three-on-one play that beat Hugo Alnefelt. Syracuse greatly outshot the Rocket in the frame, but Laval made their shots count. Danick Martel gave his team their first lead of the night with a quick shot from the slot.
The middle frame got off to an even faster start when Pierrick Dube managed to get a stick on the puck in a crease scramble, and it trickled over the line to extend Laval’s lead.
A long point shot by William Trudeau on the power play then deflected off of Alnefelt’s arm, giving the Rocket a 4-1 lead. That was enough for Benoit Groulx, who pulled Alnefelt and sent goaltender Max Lagace into the Crunch crease.
The change of netminder perhaps helped to spark Syracuse’s bench, as they went on to score a power play goal on their first man-advantage opportunity of the night. About two minutes later the Crunch pulled within one when they drove the net hard and managed to force the puck over the line in close.
Third PeriodPoulin was by far the Rocket’s best player in the final 20 minutes, coming up with some clutch saves and keeping the Crunch at arm’s length. Tory Dello managed to pot an empty-netter with just over a minute remaining to clinch the victory for Laval.
What’s NextTonight’s win, along with Cleveland’s loss to Belleville, puts the Rocket back into fifth place in the North Division and into a playoff position. They have three games remaining in the regular season to shore up that spot, starting with a home game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday night.
Plus / Minus
▲ Kevin Poulin, William Trudeau, Pierrick Dube
▼ Anthony Richard, Peter Abbandonato
|1 for 1||Power Play||1 for 1|
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 road game
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