RECAP | Bears – Rocket: Big Victory for Laval’s Last Home Game

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Hershey Bears vs Laval Rocket Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Post-Game Interviews, Social Media

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 73 | Saturday, April 6, 2019 
Place Bell, Laval, QC




Photo by Laval Rocket


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Audette – Belzile – Jevpalovs
Struthers – Martineau – Kile
Shinkaruk – Ebbing – Adams-Moisan
Verbeek – Pezzetta – Hudon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Alzner – Fleury
Ouellet – Brook
Lamarche – Lernout[/one_half_last]



T.J. Melancon, Antoine Waked, Lukas Vejdemo, Samuel Houde, Cayden Primeau, Alexandre Grenier, Alexandre Alain, Jake Evans, David Sklenicka, Marco Roy

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder)

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Laval Rocket hosted the Hershey Bears on Saturday for their final home game of the season. The Rocket lost their fifth consecutive game on Friday against the Monsters by a score of 3-2. Hershey won the only other game between these two teams this season.

After playing the last two games with 11 forwards and seven defencemen, Joel Bouchard returned to a formation of 12 forwards and six defencemen. Philippe Hudon and Thomas Ebbing made their way into the lineup for the game. Hudon was playing his first career game in the AHL. Marco Roy and David Sklenicka were healthy scratches. Connor LaCouvee got the start in goal.

There was no scoring by either team in the first period. It was a period where Hershey had the slight advantage but no dangerous scoring chances. Laval’s only dangerous opportunity of the period was when Hudon took a shot from on top of the crease but Ilya Samsonov made the save.   

Laval scored the only goal of the second period on a play started by Hudon as he intercepted a pass, which created a two-on-one with Hayden Verbeek who beat Samsonov with a top corner blocker side shot.

The Rocket created several scoring chances in the period, including a highlight reel deke by Nikita Jevpalovs and outshot their opponents 13-9.

Contrary to the first two periods, the third frame had a lot of offence. It started off at the 2:41 mark, when Morgan Adams-Moisan passed the puck to Ebbing in the crease for his first goal of the season. Alex Belzile and Xavier Ouellet scored 59 seconds apart to give their team a four-goal lead.

Hershey cut the lead to 4-2 as Steven Whitney and Maximillian Kammerer scored for the Bears. With 4:05 remaining in the period, Laval sealed the victory on an own goal that was credited to Verbeek.

The Rocket played one of their best games of the season to conclude their 2018-19 season at Place Bell. Laval heads to Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers on Wednesday at 7pm ET. Listen in the player below for full post-game audio.


▲    Hayden Verbeek, Philippe Hudon, Nikita Jevpalovs

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
31 Shots 29
0 for 0 Power Play 0 for 3
11 Penalty Minutes 5
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (29-32-6-6) 0 1 4 5
 Bears (40-25-3-4-) 0 0 2 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Verbeek (4), Ebbing (1), Belzile (19), Ouellet (6), Verbeek (5)
  • HER: Whitney (7), Kammerer (3)
  • LAV: LaCouvee (W) 7-5-2-0
  • HER: Samsonov (L) 19-14-2-3

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars

  1. Nikita Jevpalovs  LAV 
  2. Maxim Lamarche  LAV
  3. Philippe Hudon  LAV


 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game interviews
Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard:

Post-game interview with Xavier Ouellet:

Post-game interview with Nikita Jevpalovs:

Post-game interview with Connor LaCouvee:

Post-game interview with Philippe Hudon:

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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