RECAP: Comets – Senators: Chlapik, Taylor Lead Belleville Past Utica

Photo by Belleville Senators


FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 65 | Friday March 17, 2018 
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON




Photo by Belleville Senators


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Scarfo – White – Sexton
Ciampini – Chlapik – Rodewald
Werek – Reinhart – Selleck
Murray – Randell[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sieloff – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Lajoie – Pokka[/one_half_last]


Scratches: Macoy Erkamps

Injured Reserve: Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan, Nick Paul, Gabriel Gagne, Nick Moutrey, Mike Blunden

Game Report

After losing to the Toronto Marlies on Friday night, the Belleville Senators got right back to work when they hosted the Utica Comets. The Comets had won three out of the four games between the two teams before this one, but the Senators won their last encounter, thanks to a 32 save shutout from Danny Taylor.

The first period was an entertaining period of hockey. The Senators did not wait long to get on the board. Just over two minutes in, Filip Chlapik went in all alone on Richard Bachman and beat him to open the scoring. Chalpik was not finished there, he assisted on a goal by Daniel Ciampini just over six minutes later to extend the Belleville lead.

But the Comets got on the board before the period was through. Andrew Cherniwchan cut the Senators lead in half just after a Jack Rodewald hooking penalty expired. After 20 minutes, Belleville led 2-1.

In the second period both teams scored a goal. Just under two minutes into the frame, Cam Darcy made Eric Selleck pay for a tripping penalty, beating Taylor with a nifty backhander to tie it up. But just before the period ended, Jack Rodewald scored to restore the Belleville lead. After two periods of play, the Senators led 3-2.

In the third period the Comets pushed the Senators hard, forcing Taylor to make some tough saves, notably a phenomenal glove save on Darcy he made on the seat of his pants. Belleville bent but did not break in the third period and after Utica pulled Bachman, Chlapik scored his second of the night to double the Sens lead. Cherniwchan scored his second to make it a one-goal game, but that was as close as Utica got.

The Senators held on for a nice win over the Comets in this one. Chlapik had himself a game, registering three points, en route to a 4-3 win. Belleville has nearly a week off until their next game when they host the Toronto Marlies once again.

▲ Filip Chlapik, Daniel Ciampini, Danny Taylor

▼ Eric Selleck

30 Shots 39
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 6
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (24-36-2-3) 2 1 1 4
 Comets (30-23-6-4) 1 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • BEL: Chlapik (9), Ciampini (6), Rodewald (11), Chlapik (10)
  • UTI: Cherniwchan (5), Darcy (6), Cherniwchan (6)
  • BEL: Taylor (W) 10-15-3-1
  • UTI: Bachman (L) 10-12-4-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Filip Chlapik  BEL
  2. Daniel Ciampini  BEL
  3. Danny Taylor  BEL

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