RECAP | Senators – Crunch: Belleville Drops Another in Syracuse Penalty Parade

Photo by Syracuse Crunch
2017-18 Season, Game 3 | Friday October 13, 2017 
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY




Photo by Syracuse Crunch


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]DiDomenico – Chlapik – Rodewald
McCormick – Paul – Gagne
Ciampini – O’Brien – Blunden
Dunn – Reinhart – Randell[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sieloff – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Erkamps
Lajoie – Murray[/one_half_last]


Scratches: Marcus Hogberg, Cody Donaghey, Ben Sexton, Kyle Flanagan, Ethan Werek, Francis Perron

Injured Reserve: Chris Driedger

Game Report

The Belleville Senators got back to work after having nearly a week off to think about their two losses at the hands of the Laval Rocket last week. Facing off against the Syracuse Crunch, the Senators were looking to notch one in the win column

The first period did not get off to the start Belleville was looking for. After a Jim O’Brien goaltender interference penalty, the Senators found themselves shorthanded. Less than a minute into the Syracuse man advantage, Tye McGinn potted a juicy rebound off a Jamie McBain point shot to make it 1-0 for the Crunch.

The teams exchanged chances for the remainder of the opening frame. Jack Rodewald had a glorious chance in the slot but was denied by Michael Leighton. Later in the frame Nick Paul beat Leighton, but could not beat the post. Andrew Hammond also made his fair share of saves, facing 21 shots in the opening frame, including a huge glove save to rob Jason Akeson to keep the score 1-0. That was the score after 20 minutes of play.

The second period was a little more friendly to the Senators, but it did not start well. Belleville took three penalites before the 10-minute mark of the frame. Just as a Paul holding penalty expired, Dennis Yan hammered a one-timer to extend the Crunch lead to 2-0.

But the Senators struck back. First it was Chris DiDomenico off a beautiful pass from Jordan Murray. Then with just over a minute remaining in the period, Max McCormick found himself on a short-handed breakaway. He made no mistake to even the score 2-2. After 40 minutes of play, the teams were tied 2-2.

However, the third period was not so kind to the Senators. Just under four minutes into the frame, Yan scored his second of the night to restore the Crunch lead. Belleville did not go out quietly, as DiDomenico had a wonderful chance off a rebound but was robbed by Leighton to keep it 3-2. That was the Senators’ best chance to equalize in the period.

Anthony Cirelli added an empty-netter to finish the game off. But as he and his teammates were returning to their bench, tensions boiled over and a brawl broke out in front of the benches that sent five players to the dressing rooms early with misconduct penalties.

The Senators will continue their search for a win tomorrow night when they visit the Hershey Bears.

▲      Andrew Hammond, Jordan Murray

▼      Tyler Randell

26 Shots 43
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 11
79 Penalty Minutes 37
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (0-3-0-0) 0 2 0 2
 Crunch (0-1-1-1) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • BEL: DiDomenico (2), McCormick (1)
  • SYR: McGinn (1), Yan (1), Yan (2), Cirelli (1)
  • BEL: Hammond (L) 0-1-0-0
  • SYR: Leighton (W) 1-1-0-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Denis Yan SYR
  2. Jason Akeson  SYR
  3. Andrew Hammond  BEL

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