RECAP | Rocket – Senators: Laval Scores Five on Power Play, Drops Shootout

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Laval Rocket vs Belleville Senators Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Social Media

FINAL (SO) | 2018-19 Season, Game 64 | Saturday, March 16, 2019 
CAA Arena, Belleville, ON




Photo by Belleville Senators


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Cox – Evans – Grenier
Belzile – Vejdemo – Alain
Shinkaruk – Audette – Jevpalovs
Verbeek – Pezzetta – Waked[/one_half]

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



Ryan Culkin, Marco Roy, Morgan Adams-Moisan, Alex Kile

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (eye), Michael McCarron (shoulder)

Game Report

After finding victory in a hard-fought shootout win on Friday night, the Laval Rocket took to the ice at CAA Arena in Belleville one last time for the season – their 12th and final meeting against the Senators.

Only two changes were made to the Laval lineup for this game: Michael McNiven got the start in net, and Hayden Verbeek replaced Alex Kile on the fourth line.

This game was completely out of control in terms of penalties. A total of 22 infractions were assessed between the two teams, and eight power play goals were scored. All of Laval’s five goals in this game were scored on the power play, with three of them coming on a five-on-three advantage. In fact, only one goal of the 11 scored happened at even strength.

In the first period, things were pretty quiet for the first 10 minutes, with the exception of Belleville scoring the first goal of the game while the teams were playing four-on-four hockey. Alex Belzile scored his first of two goals on the night a bit later in the period, on the man advantage, but the Senators regained the lead before intermission. David Sklenicka looked to even the score with a wicked point shot that got through Marcus Hogberg, but the officials immediately called the goal back for goaltender interference.

The intensity on the ice ramped up in the second period, with plenty of penalties being handed out due to increased agitation and frustrations. Jake Evans scored his 13th goal of the season to tie the game once again, but Belleville answered with two more goals of their own. Before the period ended, Cale Fleury got one back for Laval and the teams headed to intermission with Belleville leading 4-3.

Extending their lead to two goals halfway through the third period, the Senators looked to have a firm stamp on the game. But Laval fought their way back as the refs continued to send Belleville players to the penalty box. Then, with just 19 seconds left in the game, Nikita Jevpalovs scored the 5-5 tying goal to force overtime for the second night in a row.

Just like the prior evening, no goals were scored in overtime and the teams headed to the shootout. However this time it was Belleville who would come out victorious as Logan Brown got the puck past McNiven and no Rocket player was able to do the same at the other end of the ice.

The Rocket now sit nine points out of a playoff position, no better off than they were before the weekend began. They’ll head back to Quebec now and prepare for a tough matchup on home ice Wednesday night when the Providence Bruins come to town looking for two points to further solidify their rise through the ranks of the Atlantic Division.


▲    Alex Belzile, Alexandre Grenier, Xavier Ouellet, Jake Evans

▼    Maxim Lamarche, Hayden Verbeek, Michael Pezzetta

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
38 Shots 27
5 for 11 Power Play 3 for 5
16 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (26-27-6-5) 1 2 2 0 0 5
 Senators (32-25-3-5) 2 2 1 0 1 6
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Belzile (14), Evans (13), Fleury (7), Belzile (15), Jevpalovs (10)
  • BEL: Rodewald (20), Paul (15), Paul (16), Chlapik (16), Archibald (18)
  • LAV: McNiven (L) 9-9-2-3
  • BEL: Hogberg (W) 16-6-5-3

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars

  1. Nick Paul  BEL
  2. Marcus Hogberg  BEL
  3. Alex Belzile  LAV


 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game interviews

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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