|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 69 | Wednesday March 28, 2018
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Rychel – Cracknell – Terry
[one_half_last]Austin – Taormina
Daniel Audette (lower body), Stefan Leblanc (day to day), Antoine Waked (upper body), David Broll, Michael McNiven, Eric Gelinas (illness)
After having a number of days off since dropping an 8-2 game in Belleville on Sunday, the Laval Rocket didn’t waste any time getting the momentum swinging in their direction on Wednesday when they took the ice at Ricoh Coliseum.
The visiting team didn’t let the league-leading Toronto Marlies intimidate them, and instead skated hard, applied a lot of pressure on the forecheck, and outshot Toronto 10-1 through a little more than half of the opening period.
Chris Terry opened the scoring just four seconds into Laval’s first man advantage of the evening, which moved him to a tie position with Lehigh Valley’s Phil Varone for the lead in the AHL overall points race.
A few minutes later, after the Marlies started to get more shots on net, they evened the score at 1-1 on a power play goal of their own. Jeremy Gregoire took a slashing penalty just seconds before the first intermission, so the Rocket were set to be shorthanded to begin the middle frame.
The Rocket were able to kill off Gregoire’s penalty, but when Jeremiah Addison then took a seat for hooking, the penalty killers weren’t able to hold off Toronto again and Trevor Moore found the back of the net when he fired a wrister from the circle to give the Marlies a 2-1 lead.
Laval peppered Garret Sparks with pucks again in this period, outshooting the Marlies 15-6 in the middle frame, but it was Toronto finding the finish on their shots. Shortly before the end of the period, Vincent LoVerde blasted a one-time from the slot off a feed from Jeremy Bracco to put the home team up by two goals.
The goals kept piling up against the Rocket in the third period, in what seems like a vicious cycle of wash, rinse, and repeat in their games of late. A shorthanded empty-netter late in the game was the ultimate salt in the wound in a game where Laval played well, outshot their opponents, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
With two more games on this road trip, Friday in Binghamton and Saturday in Hershey, the Laval team will be looking to shore up some definitive points and a couple of wins before they head home.
▲ Chris Terry, Matt Taormina, Adam Cracknell
▼ Matt Petgrave, Jeremiah Addison
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