RECAP | Rocket – Comets: Laval Comes Close, Earns One Point in Utica

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FINAL (OT) | 2017-18 Season, Game 49 | Friday February 9, 2018 
Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, NY




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Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Boucher – Cracknell – Eisenschmid
Broll – McCarron – Baun
Audette – Ebbing – Gregoire
Leveille – Waked[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gelinas – Juulsen
Petgrave – Lernout
Bourque – Leblanc



Yannick Veilleux (lower body), Matt Taormina (upper body), Chris Terry (day-to-day), Zach Fucale, Niki Petti (lower body)

Injury List:

Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)

Game Report

The Rocket came away from Binghamton on Wednesday with a much-needed win, and carried some of that momentum into Friday night’s tilt against Utica.

Jordan Boucher and Charlie Lindgren were the keys in the opening period, as Laval found themselves pinned in their own zone for much of the frame. The Comets outshot the visiting team 13-3 in the first 20 minutes of play, forcing Lindgren and the defense to come up big to keep the puck out of the back of the net.

For his part, Boucher tallied all three shots on goal in the first, one of which found mesh on the power play when he buried a rebound off of a big shot by Tom Parisi. The Comets answered with just 0.8 seconds remaining during their own man advantage, to even the score at 1-1 heading into intermission.

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A completely re-energized team came out of the Laval dressing room in the second period. They found their forecheck, and turned the tables on Utica by outshooting them 13-5 in the frame.

Despite many attempts by the home team to get under the skin of the Rocket, they remained disciplined and pressured hard in the offensive zone in both the second and third periods. Lindgren stood tall in the crease, and the game was forced into overtime.

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However, the OT period didn’t last very long as a bad turnover in the neutral zone allowed Michael Chaput to get a breakaway and beat Lindgren with a quick wrister.

It’s a quick turnaround for the team now as they head to Syracuse for another tough divisional matchup against the Crunch on Saturday night.

▲     Jordan Boucher, Charlie Lindgren, Tom Parisi, Markus Eisenschmid

28 Shots 27
1 for 4 Power Play 1 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 8
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (18-23-6-2) 1 0 0 0 1
 Comets (25-14-6-3) 1 0 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Boucher (6)
  • UTI: Goldobin (9), Chaput (10)
  • LAV: Lindgren (L) 7-13-7-0
  • UTI: Bachman (W) 8-7-4-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Richard Bachman  UTI
  2. Michael Chaput  UTI
  3. Charlie Lindgren  LAV

 Video highlights


 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Jordan Boucher

Post-game interview with Charlie Lindgren

Post-game interview with Chris Leveille

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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