RECAP | Rocket – Bears: Hershey Buries Laval Early, Rocket Can’t Recover

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Rocket vs Bears Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Post-game, Social Media

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 44 | Saturday, January 26, 2019 
Giant Center, Hershey, PA




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Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Audette – Froese – Belzile
Kile – Vejdemo – Jevpalovs
Shinkaruk – Martineau – Grenier
Pezzetta – Verbeek – Alain[/one_half]

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



Adam Plant, Jake Evans, Michal Moravcik, Connor LaCouvee, Karl Alzner

Injury List:

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

Game Report

After falling just short on Friday night against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Rocket traveled just over an hour west to complete their Pennsylvania tour for the season with a stop to face the Hershey Bears.

Lukas Vejdemo (Photo by Amy Johnson | © Rocket Sports Media) Unauthorized use prohibited.

The game began a bit awkwardly, with two very early boarding penalties and play coming to a halt for a few minutes while a spectator was attended to who had been hit by a puck over the glass.

Hershey dominated play for the first 30 minutes of the game, scoring on the power play twice and shorthanded once. The Bears were much stronger on the puck, forechecking hard, and winning just about every puck battle along the boards.

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Michael McNiven played well for Laval, but constant penalty killing and a defense which wasn’t playing its best hockey made for a tough night defending the crease.

Despite keeping the shots on goal close in the first period, the visiting team was severely outshot 17-9 in the second period. Fortunately, David Schlemko managed to put the puck in the back of Vitek Vanecek‘s net to score his first goal of the season late in the frame to get Laval on the board before second intermission.

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Laval played their best hockey of the night in the third period, where they came out strong, got another goal on the board thanks to Alex Kile, and fought hard to keep themselves in the game. Shots were kept to a minimum at both ends of the ice, but the Rocket were pushing and getting chances on Vanecek. The Bears, however, managed to pot an empty-netter before the Rocket could muster a tying goal and that completed the victory for Hershey.

The Rocket will make the long trek back to Quebec and have a few days off for the All-Star Break before they reconvene and head out on the road yet again next weekend to take on the Toronto Marlies in back-to-back games.


▲     Michael McNiven, Brett Lernout

▼     David Schlemko, Alex Belzile

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
21 Shots 31
0 for 4 Power Play 2 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (19-19-3-4) 0 1 1 2
 Bears (21-20-0-3) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Schlemko (1), Kile (2)
  • HER: Walker (10), Sgarbossa (20), Malenstyn (4), Barber (18)
  • LAV: McNiven (L) 6-5-2-1
  • HER: Vanacek (W) 10-8-2-1

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars

  1. Vitek Vanecek  HER
  2. Beck Malenstyn  HER
  3. Nathan Walker  HER


 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

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

Post-game interview with Michael McNiven:

Post-game interview with Alex Belzile:

Post-game interview with Byron Froese:

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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