|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 41 | Saturday January 13, 2018
Place Bell, Laval, QC
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Audette – Cracknell – Scherbak
[one_half_last]Gelinas – Taormina
Simon Bourque, Charlie Lindgren (flu)
Jeremy Gregoire (day-to-day), Chris Terry (lower body), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)
With the Rocket finding their way into the win column again on Friday night, they were back on the ice for an afternoon game on Saturday to take on the ever-dangerous Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Laval started this game in a similar fashion from the previous night, getting on the scoreboard just 32 seconds into the game thanks to a blast from Eric Gelinas. Andrey Pedan didn’t waste any time getting that goal back as he skated through traffic into the Laval zone and wired the puck off Michael McNiven‘s shoulder which deflected into the net.
This game got tense almost immediately, as Teddy Blueger and Mike McCarron exchanged words and jabs, then Gelinas and Kevin Czuczman got into it in the corner which landed them both in the penalty box for roughing.
Jordan Boucher headed down the tunnel with less than two minutes left in the period after Kevin Spinozzi sent him flying into the boards with a huge check as he was falling. He did, however, return for the second period.
The middle frame turned into a scoring frenzy and revolving door at the penalty box. Adam Cracknell scored for Laval just about a minute into the period. Blueger then headed to the other end of the ice and scooped up a big rebound to bury it in the net behind McNiven.
Pedan would go on to score two power play goals in the period, completing his first professional hat trick. Cracknell would also score again, this time on the man advantage, after which David Broll and Jarred Tinordi dropped the gloves for a rousing bout of fisticuffs.
The third period was the most uneventful of the game, with no scoring and just two penalties assessed to the Laval Rocket. Despite a flurry of shots and two good penalty kills, they couldn’t find their way to an equalizer and ultimately fell to the Penguins 4-3.
The Rocket have plenty of time to now prepare for their next game, when they’ll kick off a home-and-home against the Belleville Senators next Friday night.
▲ Michael McNiven, Adam Cracknell, Nikita Scherbak, Matt Taormina
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