|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 75 | Saturday April 14, 2018
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Terry – McCarron – Cracknell
[one_half_last]Valiev – Taormina
Eric Gelinas, Zach Fucale, Tom Parisi, Johnny Austin, Niki Petti, Yannick Veilleux, David Broll, Tye Felhaber, Simon Bourque (DTD), Daniel Audette (lower body), Stefan Leblanc (day to day)
It’s been a long, frustrating season for the Laval Rocket. In a year in which they should have been celebrating many successes as a brand new franchise, they instead suffered the losses of many players to injuries and callups, and more than their fair share of games in the “L” column.
The team ended their season on the road in Toronto, visiting their rival the Marlies. For the first two periods, the teams kept each other in check. Laval actually looked to be the stronger team in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Marlies 14-7 and outworking them at both ends of the ice.
Jeremy Gregoire opened the scoring just 1:29 into the game with a smooth backhand-forehand combination to put the puck past Calvin Pickard. The teams continued to trade goals through the second period as well, with Anthony Beauregard picking up his first AHL goal as he buried a wrister from the circle while falling over.
But, as has happened so many times this season, the third period produced entirely too many breakdowns for the Rocket to recover from. Dmytro Timashov tied the game at 3-3 just under two minutes into the final frame, and the Toronto goals just kept coming after that. Despite Adam Cracknell converting a late-game power play, it just wasn’t enough for the team to get back into the game.
One bright spot of the game was Chris Terry who, playing in his 500th AHL game, got an assist on Cracknell’s power play goal which propelled him solely into first place the league scoring race for the year. If the two players close behind him manage to stay off the scoreboard through the weekend, Terry will have scored the most points in the AHL for the 2017-18 season.
The Rocket now head back to Laval where on Sunday they’ll meet with the Montreal media one last time, and conduct year-end exit interviews before heading home for another summer of training.
▲ Chris Terry
|1 for 5||Power Play||0 for 2|
|AHL Three Stars|
|Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Jeremy Gregoire
Post-game interview with Michael McCarron
Post-game interview with Chris Terry
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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