RECAP | Rocket – Devils: Laval Sweeps Weekend in Binghamton

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

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 52 | Saturday, February 16, 2019 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY




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Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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



Adam Plant, Ryan Culkin, Marco Roy, Phelix Martineau

Injury List:

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

Game Report

With lifted spirits and confidence after getting back in the win column on Friday night, the Laval Rocket were back on the ice in Binghamton, NY on Saturday for a rematch against the Devils. Joel Bouchard opted to keep his lines exactly the same as the winning combination from the prior night, with the exception of Michael McNiven getting the start between the pipes and Charlie Lindgren providing backup duties.

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The first period was all Laval, all the time. They managed to blank Binghamton on the shot clock, 8-0. With that being said, it took the first half of the period or so for even the Rocket to get warmed up and start putting shots on Mackenzie Blackwood.

Daniel Audette had some good moments in the frame, particularly when he skated the puck end-to-end, dancing around traffic in the neutral zone, before drawing a tripping penalty in the offensive zone.

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But it was Nikita Jevpalovs who beautifully set up the first Laval goal of the night as he dangled through the slot and patiently waited to wrist the puck toward the Binghamton crease. Morgan Adams-Moisan deflected the puck past Blackwood to put the Rocket up 1-0 before the first intermission. The goal was Adams-Moisan’s first in the American Hockey League.

The second period was completely opposite, as the Devils finally found their first shot on goal for the game 2:06 into the frame.  Alexandre Grenier soon extended the Laval lead to 2-0 after luckily avoiding a blatant tripping penalty and finding the back of the net.

But Binghamton had had enough and mounted quite a comeback, outshooting the Rocket 16-4 in the period. A perfectly placed point shot and a rebound banged in past Lindgren after a terrible turnover behind the net by Maxim Lamarche soon brought the Devils even on the score sheet and a significant increase in the game’s physicality.

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Two quick goals in the third period, however, put the Rocket right back on top. Jevpalovs set up a goal by Lukas Vejdemo in close, and then Alex Belzile found the back of the net for his 13th of the season. Audette mirrored his efforts from the previous night when he received the puck at the far blue line and fired it into another empty net to complete the win for Laval.

Two wins in a row? The Rocket can feel good about that. But their work isn’t done yet, as the road trip continues on Monday with a Family Day afternoon matinee in Belleville to take on the Senators in yet another division rivalry matchup.


▲     Nikita Jevpalovs, Brett Lernout, Daniel Audette, Lukas Vejdemo

▼     Morgan Adams-Moisan, Maxim Lamarche

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
22 Shots 24
0 for 1 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 2
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (21-23-4-4) 1 1 3 5
 Devils (23-26-5-0) 0 2 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Adams-Moisan (1), Grenier (10), Vejdemo (7), Belzile (13), Audette (10)
  • BNG: Hammond (1), Bastian (15)
  • LAV: McNiven (W) 7-6-2-1
  • BNG: Blackwood (L) 8-8-1-1

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars

  1. Lukas Vejdemo  LAV
  2. Nikita Jevpalovs  LAV
  3. Tariq Hammond  BNG


 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

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

Post-game interview with Michael Chaput:

Post-game interview with Brett Lernout:

Post-game interview with Nikita Jevpalovs:

Interviews conducted by Amy J for AHL Report

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