GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Manitoba Moose: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 32, Home Game 17 | Wednesday, January 4, 2023|
|Place Bell, Laval, QC|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Alex Belzile – Rem Pitlick
Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Jesse Ylonen
Joel Teasdale – Peter Abbandonato – Gabriel Bourque
Xavier Simoneau – Nate Schnarr – John Parker-JonesDefense pairings
William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman
Mattias Norlinder – Nicolas Beaudin
Olivier Galipeau – Santino CentorameGoaltenders
Kevin Poulin – Cayden PrimeauScratches
Pierrick Dube, Anthony BeauregardInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Madison Bowey (upper-body), Jan Mysak (DTD), Danick Martel (DTD), Otto Leskinen, Brandon Gignac, Tory Dello
Game Report written by Chris G
The Laval Rocket continued their four-game homestand on Wednesday by hosting the Manitoba Moose. Laval is coming off a 5-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch, while the Moose arrived to Place Bell on a two-game losing streak.
Jean-Francois Houle was able to count on some players returning to action. Up front, Nate Schnarr and Xavier Simoneau slotted back into the lineup. Schnarr was sidelined with a lower body injury since Nov. 19th and Simoneau was sidelined with an upper body injury since Dec. 9th. Anthony Beauregard and Pierrick Dube was scratched as a result of the returning forwards.
On defence, Nicolas Beaudin made his return after missing the last two games after being loaned to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. Tory Dello was out of the lineup due to a lower body injury.
Kevin Poulin got the start for the fourth consecutive match. Poulin made 21 saves in Friday’s win against Syracuse. Cayden Primeau acted as Poulin’s backup. Primeau has been sidelined with an upper body injury while acting as a backup in Belleville on Nov. 26th when a stick hit him on the head as he was sitting on the bench.
Laval started off strong with a goal on their first shot on goal. Jesse Ylonen set up Mitchell Stephens with a pass on the side of the net that Stephens tapped in the net 17 seconds into the game.
The Rocket doubled their lead three minutes later when Corey Schueneman found Rafael Harvey-Pinard open for a one-timer goal. Rem Pitlick extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the play.
Manitoba reciprocated with a goal on their first shot 41 seconds later when Brayden Burke set up Joseph Nardi for a one-timer that beat Poulin between the pads.
Laval’s returning forwards combined their efforts to add to the lead when Simoneau passed it to Schnarr. Schnarr skated into the zone and beat goalie Oskari Salminen for his first of the season.
The Moose failed to capitalize on their power play as the Rocket’s shorthanded unit held them to one shot on goal during the minor infraction.
Laval dominated the entirety of the second period. Harvey-Pinard scored his second of the night with an individual effort at the 3:57 mark to beat Salminen with a wrist shot.
Manitoba’s first shot of the period came at 5:56 mark. The Moose cut the lead on their second and last shot of the period while William Trudeau was in the penalty box. Evan Polei tipped Dean Stewart‘s point shot to make it 4-2.
Trudeau got himself a second cross checking penalty later in the period, but the Moose were shut out from the Rocket’s penalty kill.
Laval ended the period with their first power play. Salminen stopped all three shots that he faced during the minor.
Manitoba started the period undisciplined and Laval capitalized on the opportunities with a pair of power play goals.
First, Harvey-Pinard broke the coverage in front of the crease to record a hat trick at the 3:01 mark. With an assist on the goal, Beaudin extended his point streak to six games.
On their next man advantage, Harvey-Pinard setup Ylonen for a one-timer. Ylonen’s first attempt hit the post and the forward picked up his own rebound to increase Laval’s win. Pitlick collected his fourth assist of the night on the play.
The Moose netted their second power play goal of the match while Simoneau was in the box. Wyatt Bongiovanni beat Poulin with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle.
Manitoba obtained another power play when Simoneau was called for another minor but failed to get any pucks to cross the red line.
Laval’s 6-3 victory extends the team’s winning streak to three games and sixth win in their last eight. The Canadian rivals will meet again on Friday at 7:00pm eastern inside Place Bell.
Plus / Minus
▲ Corey Schueneman, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Nicolas Beaudin, Jesse Ylonen, Rem Pitlick, Nate Schnarr
▼ Gabriel Bourque, Xavier Simoneau, William Trudeau
|2 for 3||Power Play||2 for 6|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s game
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