|2017-18 Season, Game 13 | Saturday November 4, 2017
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Carr – Froese – Baun
[one_half_last]Taormina – Lernout
Simon Bourque, Antoine Waked
Noah Juulsen (foot), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder), Markus Eisenschmid (lower body), Chris Terry (lower body)
After a wide open 6-5 game on Friday night, the Laval Rocket got back to work on Saturday afternoon in a rematch against the Syracuse Crunch that started out exactly in the opposite fashion.
Both teams had difficulty getting any shots on net, and the Crunch did a good job hemming in the Rocket players, keeping them pinned in their own zone, and making offensive zone entries extremely difficult. As such, open ice was hard to find.
In a couple of man advantage opportunities, both teams had a flurry of good chances to get pucks toward the blue paint, but the goaltenders, Zach Fucale and Connor Ingram, stood tall in the crease. The first period ended with nothing to show on the scoreboard for either team.
The second period was the wakeup period for both teams. Nicolas Deslauriers got things started with a patient deke around Ingram to put the Rocket on the board first. Soon after, however, Carter Verhaeghe scored his first of the season by wristing the puck up high over Fucale’s shoulder. But before the period ended, Peter Holland found himself all alone down low and backhanded the puck into the Syracuse net to give his team a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
Holland didn’t waste any time in the final frame to get his second goal of the night by firing home a wrister from the circle to put Laval up 3-1. Jakub Jerabek then took an interference penalty, which Cory Conacher capitalized on during the subsequent power play. Jerabek would find his way to the penalty box two more times during the period, but fortunately none of his additional infractions led to more Syracuse goals.
Instead, Daniel Carr executed a near-perfect wraparound goal to give the Rocket a two-goal cushion once more, before Holland completed a hat trick by potting an empty netter to finish the game.
The Rocket now have a week until their next game. They’ll take some time for rest and practice before heading out on their next road trip which begins in Springfield, MA against the Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
▲ Peter Holland, Jeremy Gregoire, Brett Lernout
▼ Jakub Jerabek
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