RECAP | Moose – Rocket: Special Teams Help Laval Earn Shutout

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

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 55 | Friday, February 22, 2019 
Place Bell, Laval, QC




Photo by Laval Rocket


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Belzile – Chaput – Grenier
Jevpalovs – Vejdemo – Alain
Audette – Evans – Weise
Pezzetta – Martineau – Adams-Moisan/one_half]

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



Adam Plant, Ryan Culkin, Hayden Verbeek, Alex Kile

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder), Antoine Waked (upper body injury), Hunter Shinkaruk (upper body injury)

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Rocket were back at home on Friday night after completing a six-game road trip. The Manitoba Moose are in Laval for a pair of weekend games. The teams split the first two games that they played against each other in January.

Both teams trying to get a win, as Laval lost their last game by a 4-2 score against Syracuse on Wednesday, and Manitoba lost 4-3 against Toronto.

Phelix Martineau and Morgan Adams-Moisan made their way back to the lineup, while Alex Kile and Hayden Verbeek were healthy scratches. Michael McNiven got the start in goal.

Laval’s special teams were the story of the first period. Cale Fleury opened the scoring at 4:42 as he scored a power play goal with a point shot. Exactly two minutes later, while Adams-Moisan was in the penalty box, Nikita Jevpalovs and Lukas Vejdemo went on a 2-on-1 with Jevpalovs setting up Vejdemo to score his eighth goal of the season.

The Rocket’s penalty kill shut down the Moose later in the period while Manitoba had a 5-on-3 power play for 42 seconds. Alexandre Alain and David Sklenicka were both called for interference.

Maxim Lamarche scored the only goal of the second period as he scored in a second consecutive game at 2:18 of the frame. The Moose weren’t happy that the goal counted, as Alain was in Eric Comrie’s crease.

The play got increasingly physical as the game went on, with frequent pushing and shoving between whistles and behind the play. Laval had a 5-on-3 power play for a minute and 31 seconds, but didn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Even though they didn’t put the puck in the net, their power play did get a lot of shots on goal in that sequence.

The Moose took control of the third period, outshooting Laval 11-2 but weren’t able to get a puck behind McNiven, who earned his second shutout of the season.

Manitoba wasn’t able to score on their six power play opportunities. “We did a real good job on the PK. Everyone was focused on the task,” said Xavier Ouellet after the game.

These two teams play each other again on Saturday at 3:00pm Eastern time. Listen in the player below for full post-game audio.


▲    Lukas Vejdemo, Brett Lernout, Michael McNiven, Cale Fleury

▼    Morgan Adams-Moisan

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
23 Shots 24
1 for 5 Power Play 0 for 6
16 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (21-24-5-4) 2 1 0 3
 Moose (25-23-3-2) 0 0 0 0
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Fleury (5), Vejdemo (8), Lamarche (3)
  • MB: No scoring.
  • LAV: McNiven (W) 8-6-2-1
  • MB: Comrie (L) 19-15-4-2

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars

  1. Lukas Vejdemo  LAV
  2. Michael McNiven  LAV
  3. Cale Fleury  LAV


 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

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

Post-game interview with Lukas Vejdemo:

Post-game interview with Michael McNiven:

Post-game interview with Xavier Ouellet:

Post-game interview with Cale Fleury:

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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