GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Utica Comets: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 60, Home Game 29 | Friday, March 16, 2023|
|Place Bell, Laval, QC|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Xavier Simoneau – Peter Abbandonato – Lucas Condotta
Gabriel Bourque – Mitchell Stephens – Joel Teasdale
Danick Martel – Louis Boudon – Pierrick Dube
Nolan Yaremko – Jan Mysak – Riley McKayDefense pairings
William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman
Mattias Norlinder – Madison Bowey
Olivier Galipeau – Tory DelloGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Philippe DesrosiersScratches
Frederic Allard, John Parker-Jones, Jayden Struble, Nicolas BeaudinInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Otto Leskinen, Kevin Poulin (upper-body), Brandon Gignac
Game Report written by Chris G
The Laval Rocket began a four-game homestand on Friday with a match against the Utica Comets. Laval returned home after being shutout 2-0 by the Rochester Americans on Wednesday, while Utica came into Place Bell on a two-game losing streak.
An injury to defenceman Nicolas Beaudin forced him out of the lineup. As a result, Jean-Francois Houle returned to a formation of 12 forwards and six defencemen by inserting forward Louis Boudon into the lineup. Boudon was making his professional debut after signing an amateur tryout contract following his season with Lake Superior State University.
Cayden Primeau got the start in goal after being named third star of Wednesday’s game when making 30 saves.
The contest between the North division rivals was heated right off the opening faceoff. At the first whistle, Xavier Simoneau and Zack Hayes exchanged blows and were sent to the box for roughing minors.
Utica opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a turnover by Simoneau led to Alexander Holtz beating Primeau with a wrist shot that hit the bar inside the net and bounced right out. The officials consulted the replay to confirm that the goal was valid.
Indiscipline started creeping into Laval’s match. Lucas Condotta cancelled an upcoming power play when he went after Robbie Russo during a delayed infraction against the Comets.
A couple of minutes later, Nolan Yaremko engaged in his first fight as a pro against Mason Geertsen. Geertsen had the advantage in the bout.
The Rocket got on the board midway through the period when Mitchell Stephens redirected Gabriel Bourque‘s pass behind Isaac Poulter.
Laval killed off consecutive infractions against Jan Mysak and Riley McKay before the Comets extended their lead. Brian Halonen skated around Madison Bowey before slipping the puck between Primeau’s pads for the goal.
The Rocket ended the first period on the penalty kill with Bourque in the penalty box for a trip in the offensive zone.
Utica added to their lead early in the period when a collision between Boudon and Mattias Norlinder in the neutral zone led to a 2-on-0 rush for the opposition. Aarne Talvitie buried the puck in the net after accepting a pass from Samuel Laberge.
Midway through the period with Simoneau, Teasdale and Stephens had consecutive scoring chances that were stopped by Poulter. Laval’s momentum was ended with a slashing infraction against Simoneau in the offensive zone.
Dube had a second quality chance with five minutes remaining when his shot hit the post to the right of Poulter.
Laval had one more power play opportunity before the end of the period and Houle’s squad was not able to get any behind Poulter. The power play unit kept the puck in Utica’s zone and Simoneau had the best scoring chance but his shot hit the side of the net.
Laval made it a one-goal 5:07 into the third when Simoneau escaped coverage to head on a breakaway. The forward surprised the goalie by dropping the puck back to Dube and he had an open net to score.
Houle called a timeout and pulled Primeau with 2:33 remaining in regulation, but despite several quality chances in the final moments, the puck did not find the way behind the red line.
With the loss, Laval currently sits one point behind the Belleville Senators and the final playoff spot in the North division.
Danick Martel did not return for the third period due to injury. There was no updates available post-game.
The rematch between the division rivals is on Saturday at 3:00pm Eastern.
Plus / Minus
▲ Corey Schueneman, Mitchell Stephens, Olivier Galipeau
▼ Madison Bowey, Louis Boudon, William Trudeau
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 4|
Stars of the Game
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What Did They Say?
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