GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Syracuse Crunch: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL – OT | Game 57, Away Game 29 | Friday, March 10, 2023|
|Upstate Medical University Arena, Syracuse, NY|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Joel Teasdale
Gabriel Bourque – Peter Abbandonato – Danick Martel
Nicolas Beaudin – Jan Mysak – Pierrick Dube
Nolan Yaremko – John Parker-Jones – Frederic Allard (seventh defenseman)Defense pairings
William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman
Mattias Norlinder – Tory Dello
Olivier Galipeau – Madison BoweyGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Philippe DesrosiersScratches
Riley McKay (suspended)Injuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Otto Leskinen, Kevin Poulin (upper-body), Xavier Simoneau, Brandon Gignac
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
After going on a stretch of wins at Place Bell, the Laval Rocket found themselves on the short end of their last two games at home, including an ugly 5-1 loss to the Belleville Senators on Wednesday night.
With a two-game road trip on tap for the weekend, Jean-Francois Houle was met with challenges in his roster. Riley McKay would watch Friday night’s game in Syracuse from the press box, serving his one-game suspension earned from his actions on Wednesday night. Additionally, Xavier Simoneau was out of the lineup due to injury, and Anthony Richard had been recalled to Montreal.
At the last minute, just after warmups, the Rocket also announced that Brandon Gignac would be unable to play due to injury.
That left Houle icing seven defenseman for the tilt against the Crunch, while his eighth defenseman, Nicolas Beaudin, was forced to play at the forward position. It also meant a season debut for forward Nolan Yaremko on a PTO.
The first 14 minutes or so of the game was a pretty sloppy and uneventful space of time. Syracuse looked particularly unorganized in their own end, and the Rocket were able to get an early lead on the shot clock. Max Lagace held his net, though, and no pucks got through.
Then the Rocket were found guilty of having too many men on the ice with about six minutes remaining in the frame. Beaudin served the penalty, and Laval’s PK units were able to hold off Syracuse. Almost as soon as the penalty expired, the Rocket had their own turn on the power play as Philippe Myers was called for tripping.
Laval wasn’t able to convert on the man-advantage, however Mitchell Stephens did manage to get a puck past Lagace with just 15 seconds left in the period.
The second period brought some good scoring chances at both ends of the ice. Cayden Primeau and his Syracuse counterpart, however, were up to the task, and the score remained 1-0 for Laval.
Gage Goncalves then gifted the Rocket a four-minute power play after he was found guilty of high-sticking. Unfortunately, Laval’s power play has struggled mightily in the last couple of games, likely due to the firepower missing from the lineup on NHL callups. They were unsuccessful at converting the double minor.
Shortly after five-on-five play resumed, John Parker-Jones found himself in the penalty box for a two-minute hooking infraction. Not long after his teammates completed a successful penalty kill, he dropped the gloves for a lengthy fight with Shawn Element.
Within the first few minutes of the third, the Rocket had dug themselves a hole. Mattias Norlinder was called for tripping, almost immediately followed by Corey Schueneman needing to serve a delay of game penalty. That gave the Crunch almost two minutes of five-on-three power play time.
The Laval penalty kill did manage to hold up through that, and then were given their second four-minute power play of the night when Element went to the box for drawing blood on a high-sticking call.
Syracuse found their moment on the penalty kill, however, when Daniel Walcott found himself all alone behind Primeau, who didn’t realize that his rebound went right to Walcott’s stick. He made no mistake with a gaping net to tie the game.
Despite one more opportunity on the power play before the end of regulation, Laval couldn’t get another puck over the line, and the game headed to overtime. The Rocket controlled the puck early in the extra minutes, and a turnover by the Crunch proved to be costly when Stephens set up Pierrick Dube for the game-winner.
What’s Next?Laval will continue their short road trip on Saturday night when they visit the Atlantic Division’s Springfield Thunderbirds.
Plus / Minus
▲ Mitchell Stephens, Pierrick Dube
▼ John Parker-Jones, Frederic Allard
|0 for 6||Power Play||0 for 4|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
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What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s away game
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