RECAP | Senators – Crunch: Pasquale, Volkov Shine in Syracuse Victory

Photo by Syracuse Crunch


FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 69 | Friday March 30, 2018 
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY




Photo by Syracuse Crunch


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Moutrey – O’Brien – Rodewald
Leier – Paul – Sexton
Dziurzynski – Reinhart – Werek
Selleck – Scarfo – Gagne[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Sieloff – Jaros
Murray – Pokka[/one_half_last]


Scratches: Tyler Randell, Danny Taylor

Injured Reserve: Francis Perron, Kyle Flanagan, Mike Blunden, Andreas Englund

Game Report

After a dominating victory over the Laval Rocket, the Belleville Senators got back to work when they visited the Syracuse Crunch. This was the final meeting between the Senators and Crunch, both teams were looking to take the final game of the season series.

The first period was an even period of play. It started early when the Senators struck just over three minutes into the action. It was Boston Leier scoring his first as a Senator to give Belleville the lead. But just over two minutes later, Alexander Volkov evened the score. After one period of play, the Senators and Crunch were knotted up at one apiece.

In the second period, the Crunch took the lead in a rather uneventful frame. Volkov scored his second goal of the night on a one-timer that beat Filip Gustavsson to give Syracuse the lead. The teams exchanged chances after that goal, but few of them were high quality scoring chances. After 40 minutes, the Crunch led the Senators 2-1.

In the third period the Crunch added to their lead early. Mathieu Joseph scored right after a face-off in the Senators zone to make it 3-1. Moments later, Nick Paul was hauled down on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot for his efforts. However, he was denied by Eddie Pasquale who made a marvelous pad save to keep the Crunch lead at two.

The Senators had their chances with a pair of power plays after the Paul penalty shot, but they did not make good on their opportunities. This cost them as Kevin Lynch put the game away with a one-time blast after a nice pass from Alexey Lipanov. Syracuse held on to win this game 4-1.

Belleville played a solid game. Though it did not show on the scoreboard, they were right there with the Crunch most of the night and did not go away easily. They had their chances with the man advantage but did not make Syracuse pay, and that was the difference in this game. Belleville has little time to think about this result as they get back to work tomorrow when they visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

▲ Boston Leier, Nick Paul

▼ Ryan Scarfo, Patrick Sieloff

28 Shots 30
0 for 5 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 12
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (26-38-2-3) 1 0 0 1
 Crunch (43-19-3-4) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • BEL: Leier (2)
  • SYR: Volkov (20), Volkov (21)
  • BEL: Gustavsson (L) 1-1-0-0
  • SYR: Pasquale (W) 14-6-6-1
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Alexander Volkov  SYR
  2. Eddie Pasquale  SYR
  3. Gabriel Dumont  SYR

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