|FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 34 | Thursday December 28, 2017
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Terry – Cracknell – Scherbak
[one_half_last]Gelinas – Taormina
Willie Corrin, David Broll, Thomas Ebbing, Brett Lernout
Jeremiah Addison (shoulder)
After a much-needed win in Rochester on Wednesday night, the Laval Rocket headed to Belleville to try to capture another two points and get a win streak going.
The team continued its momentum from the previous night, outshooting their opponent in each period of the game and, for the most part, keeping their penalty killing units off the ice.
Niki Petti got things started the right way for Laval in the first period, as he exited the penalty box and scooped up the puck to fire it home past Andrew Hammond to give the Rocket a 1-0 lead.
Eric Gelinas then wound up for a monster slap shot on the power play, and sent the puck flying past Hammond from the faceoff circle. The visiting team headed to the first intermission up 2-0 on the Senators.
In the second period, Kyle Baun extended the scoring streak just five minutes into the frame. The Rocket were clicking on all cylinders, and controlling the pace of play. Belleville found themselves in and out of the penalty box quite often, with some blaming questionable officiating, and Laval kept pressing.
With just over a minute left in the period, however, the home team finally got on the scoreboard and closed the gap to just two goals.
Gelinas scored another power play goal in the third period to put the Rocket up 4-1, but then a familiar scene set in. Belleville began to make a comeback, and it looked eerily similar to many final period collapses fans have seen Laval fall victim to.
But Michael McNiven stood strong in net, and Laval held on for a 4-3 victory. With consecutive wins under their belt, the Rocket now head back to Rochester yet again for another meeting with the Amerks on Saturday night.
▲ Eric Gelinas, Niki Petti, Michael McNiven, Noah Juulsen, Markus Eisenschmid
|2 for 8||Power Play||1 for 4|
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