|2017-18 Season, Game 6 | Saturday October 21, 2017
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Terry – McCarron – Scherbak
[one_half_last]Taormina – Lernout
Simon Bourque, Jeremy Gregoire, Yannick Veilleux, Martin Reway
Noah Juulsen (foot), Jeremiah Addison (shoulder), Markus Eisenschmid (lower body), Peter Holland (upper body)
After traveling from Pennsylvania to Connecticut overnight, the Laval Rocket were back on the ice for a game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday. The Rocket, looking to get back in the win column after dropping their last two games, took full advantage of a team that was 1-3-0 in the standings entering the evening.
It took less than two minutes for Tom Parisi to bury the puck past Christopher Gibson. Kyle Baun set the play up with a laser pass from the point to the high slot, where Parisi shot a quick one-timer into the net.
Bridgeport quickly started making trips to the penalty box, and Laval didn’t waste those opportunities. On an early five-on-three advantage, Daniel Audette fed the puck cross-ice to Nikita Scherbak while Michael McCarron screened in front, drawing the opposition’s attention over to Scherbak’s side of the ice. He then quickly passed the puck back to Audette who banked it into an open net for a power play goal.
Scott Eansor got on the board for the Sound Tigers during some four-on-four play, but Laval persisted and Kyle Baun potted his first goal of the season off a seamless feed from Antoine Waked. The teams headed to the dressing room with a 3-1 score for the Rocket after the first period.
The Sound Tigers entered the second period ready to make a comeback, and scored two quick goals to even the score at 3-3. Laval only allowed them to control the puck and the pace for a little while, though, before they reasserted themselves with a beautiful goal by Daniel Carr, his fourth of the season.
Later in the second period, during a man advantage featuring Chris Terry, Matt Taormina, Byron Froese, Carr, and McCarron, the Sound Tigers were completely on their heels. The power play unit was in complete control, cycling the puck, keeping Bridgeport chasing, when Froese found mesh for his first goal of the season.
Parisi scored his second goal of the night late in the final frame to put an official stamp of victory on this game for Laval. Zach Fucale got his first start of the season in this game, and despite struggling with some rebounds here and there, looked decent in goal. The defense definitely stepped up their game as well, protecting the puck and their netminder at every turn.
The team traveled to Rhode Island overnight to wrap up their first road trip with a Sunday matinee game against the Providence Bruins.
▲ Tom Parisi, Daniel Carr, Kyle Baun, Byron Froese, Matt Taormina
▼ Eric Gelinas, Brett Lernout, Niki Petti
|2 for 9
|1 for 6
|AHL Three Stars
|Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Daniel Carr
Post-game interview with Michael McCarron
Post-game interview with Zach Fucale
Post-game interview with Brett Lernout
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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