|FINAL (SO) | 2017-18 Season, Game 20 | Saturday November 25, 2017
Air Canada Center, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]McCormick – White – Gagne
[one_half_last]Sieloff – Burgdoerfer
Scratches: Vincent Dunn, Macoy Erkamps, Jim O’Brien
Injured Reserve: Mike Blunden, Kyle Flanagan, Ben Sexton
The Belleville Senators opened up a two-game set with the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon. Both teams were well rested and ready to go for the first of 12 meetings this season.
The first period had a great pace. The teams went back and forth for most of the period, with the Senators getting more chances in the early going. But after a Chris Kelly holding penalty, Andreas Johnsson off a feed from Kerby Rychel in tight, to make it 1-0 Marlies. Belleville kept generating high quality chances but Garret Sparks was phenomenal in the frame, making huge stops on Max Reinhart and Kelly, to keep the Sens off the board after one period of play.
In the second period, the Senators kept chipping away. Like the opening frame, they created chances but Sparks was making save after save. That was until Reinhart fed a wide open Filip Chlapik who fired it past Sparks before he had time to react, to tie it up 1-1. Belleville kept their foot on the gas and Jack Rodewald very nearly gave the Sens the lead, but Sparks made a big glove save to keep it tied. After 40, the teams were tied 1-1.
But the Marlies came alive in the third period. They kept putting shots towards Danny Taylor in the Belleville net, but they did not crack him in the third period. The teams headed to overtime, but it was clear heading into the extra frame that momentum had shifted as the Marlies outshot the Senators 16-4 in the third.
The extra frame was almost all Marlies. Gabriel Gagne had a chance to win the game on a clean breakaway but Sparks stoned him to keep Toronto alive. The Marlies kept the pressure on until the dying seconds of overtime, with Kelly blocking a point blank Martin Marinicin slapper to send the game to a shootout.
The Marlies scored two in the shootout courtesy of Miro Aaltonen and Dmytro Timashov and Sparks stoned Reinhart and Gagne to win the game for Toronto.
Belleville dropped the first game of 12 in the “Battle of Ontario” 2-1. The two sides get right back in action Sunday evening in the second game of the two-game set.
▲ Danny Taylor, Filip Chlapik, Max Reinhart
|0 for 2
|1 for 4
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