|FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 3 | Friday October 12, 2018
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Agostino – Chaput – Belzile
[one_half_last]Kulak – Lamarche
Jeremiah Addison, Hayden Verbeek, Gustav Olofsson, Michael Pezzetta, Etienne Marcoux, Adam Plant
Game Report written by Chris G
The Laval Rocket welcomed the Binghamton Devils at Place Bell for their home opener. The night started with the introduction of the Rocket and Joel Bouchard received the loudest cheer from the 8,257 fans in attendance. In the minds of some casual fans, Bouchard has become the superstar of the team.
The Rocket opened the scoring 6:56 into the first period as Cale Fleury sent Byron Froese on a breakaway with a pass from his own defensive zone. Froese was able to put the puck past Binghamton goaltender Cam Johnson.
During a 5-on-3 powerplay, the Devils tied the game as Brett Seney set up Nick Lappin on a one-timer that went past Charlie Lindgren. During that same Devils powerplay, Michael McCarron and David Sklenicka went 2-on-1 shorthanded, leading to Sklenicka scoring off of McCarron’s rebound to give Laval a 2-1 lead.
Nikita Jevpalovs and Nathan Bastian each scored for their respective teams before Alexandre Grenier found the back of the net with a powerful one-timer during a 5-on-3 advantage. That was the only Rocket powerplay goal scored this season despite having 11 man-advantage opportunities. Laval dominated the shots on goal during that period by the count of 15-5.
The second period was much quieter as there were no goals scored by either team. There seemed to be a let down by the Rocket, and the Devils were able to control most of the period. Laval’s best chance in the second was in the final moments of the period as Alexandre Alain shot three one-timers in a matter of seconds during a power play.
With 8:53 remaining in the third period, Kenny Agostino sealed the win for the Rocket as he was able to score on 3-on-1 by capitalizing on a rebound from a shot by Froese.
The Rocket sent their fans home happy by putting up a good performance. Both teams face off against each other Saturday at 3pm ET at Place Bell.
▲ Byron Froese, Michael McCarron, Brett Lernout, Brett Kulak
▼ Hunter Shinkaruk
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