RECAP | Americans – Senators: Belleville Coughs Up Pair of Leads in OT Loss

Photo by Belleville Senators


FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 46 | Friday January 27, 2018 
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON




Photo by Belleville Senators


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Paul – White – Rodewald
Werek – DiDomenico – Blunden
Perron – Flanagan – Randell[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Harpur – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Corrin
Doornbosch – Erkamps[/one_half_last]


Scratches: Marcus Hogberg, Max Reinhart

Injured Reserve: Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff, Christian Jaros, Max Lajoie, Jordan Murray

Game Report

The Belleville Senators returned home for a meeting with the Rochester Americans on Saturday night. Coming off a disappointing loss on Friday in Syracuse, Belleville were undoubtedly looking to get back in the win column after back-to-back losses to the Manitoba Moose and Syracuse Crunch.

It did not get off to the best start for the Senators though. Just over four minutes into the action, Kyle Criscuolo banged home the rebound off his own shot after a nice pass from C.J. Smith, to make it 1-0 Amerks. But Belleville found themselves with a man advantage late in the frame and they made good on their chance. Nick Paul potted the rebound off a Ben Harpur shot to tie it up with less than a minute remaining in the period. After 20, the teams were knotted at one apiece.

In the second period, both teams put one on the board. Just over a minute into the frame, Gabriel Gagne scored a power play goal after a nice drop pass from Chris DiDomenico. But before the period expired, Rochester evened it up on the man advantage. Taylor Fedun made Colin White pay for tripping infraction, beating Danny Taylor to make it 2-2. After two periods, it was 2-2.

In the third period, the Senators got off to a fantastic start. 34 seconds in, Jim O’Brien hunted down the loose puck and went in all alone on Adam Wilcox. He made no mistake beating Wilcox with a quick move to the backhand. But just like the second period, a late goal burned the Senators. This time it was Eric Cornel tying it up and sending the game to overtime.

The overtime period did not last long. Just 22 seconds in, Criscuolo scored his second of the night to win the game for the Americans.

The Senators lost this one 4-3 in overtime. They picked up a point, but they had this game in hand and coughed up a pair of leads. Like the night before, poor discipline also played a factor. Belleville has almost a full week off before their next game against the Binghamton Devils in Binghamton.

▲ Ben Harpur, Gabriel Gagne

▼ Nick Paul

24 Shots 40
2 for 5 Power Play 1 for 7
16 Penalty Minutes 12
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (18-24-1-3) 1 1 1 0 3
 Americans (25-10-5-5) 1 1 1 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • BEL: Paul (3), Gagne (15), O’Brien (11)
  • RCH: Criscuolo (11), Fedun (2), Cornel (5), Criscuolo (12)
  • BEL: Taylor (L) 6-10-1-1
  • RCH: Wilcox (W) 8-3-4-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Gabriel Gagne  BEL
  2. Kyle Criscuolo  RCH
  3. Ben Harpur  BEL

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