RECAP | Senators – Thunderbirds: Special Teams Fail Belleville in Springfield

Photo by Danny Baxter | Springfield Thunderbirds
2017-18 Season, Game 7 | Sunday October 22, 2017 
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA




Photo by Danny Baxter | Springfield Thunderbirds


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Werek – Paul – Rodewald
McCormick – O’Brien – Gagne
Reinhart – Perron – Randell
Ciampini- Chlapik[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sieloff – Burgdoerfer
Chabot – Jaros
Englund – Lajoie


Scratches: Jordan Murray, Ben Sexton, Vincent Dunn, Ben Harpur

Injured Reserve: Chris Driedger, Mike Blunden, Kyle Flanagan

Game Report

The Belleville Senators played their third game in as many days Sunday afternoon. Finishing with the winless Springfield Thunderbirds. The Senators were looking to bounce back after a tough loss in Providence the night before.

The first period did not get off to a great start for Belleville. Just before the halfway mark of the period, Anthony Greco got just enough of the puck to redirect it past Danny Taylor off the feed from Juho Lammikko to make it 1-0. But Belleville answered quickly. Less than two minutes later, Daniel Ciampini deflected an Erik Burgdoerfer shot past Evan Cowley to tie it, 1-1.

The Senators upped the pressure following their goal but Cowley was equal to the task, with big pad saves on Max McCormick and Filip Chlapik. Those saves proved to be huge as Springfield made good on their only power play of the period. Dryden Hunt batted the rebound off an Ed Wittchow shot past Taylor to make it 2-1. Taylor argued Hunt’s stick was above the cross-bar but to no avail. The Sens trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes.

But the second period did not go as well for the Senators. Erik Burgdoerfer did tie the game 2-2 just four minutes into the period, but after that goal it was all Springfield. The T-Birds scored three unanswered goals, Hunt scored his second of the day on the power play with a one-timer. Then it was Blaine Byron jamming the puck past Taylor, less than a minute later. Then with just five seconds remaining in the frame, Curtis Valk one-timed one past Taylor to make it 5-2. The Senators headed to the dressing room with a lot of work to do.

The third period was almost identical to the second. Patrick Sieloff scored just 32 seconds in, but after his goal the Thunderbirds scored a pair scored by Hunt and Alexandre Grenier to make it 7-3. Jim O’Brien did score to make it 7-4 but that was as close as Belleville got.

The Senators dropped this one 7-4, thanks in large part to a hat-trick by Dryden Hunt, giving Springfield their first win of the season.

Belleville gets back to work Friday when they will be in Manitoba for a battle with the Moose.

▲ Erik Burgdoerfer, Patrick Sieloff

▼ Thomas Chabot

31 Shots 38
0 for 10 Power Play 3 for 7
31 Penalty Minutes 37
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (2-4-0-1) 1 1 2 4
 Thunderbirds (1-6-0-0) 2 3 2 7
Scorers Goalies
  • BEL: Ciampini (1), Burgdoerfer (1), Sieloff (1), O’Brien (1)
  • SPR: Greco (1), Hunt (2), Hunt (3), Byron (1), Valk (2), Hunt (4), Grenier (1)
  • BEL: Taylor (L) 2-3-0-0
  • SPR: Cowley (W) 1-0-0-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Dryden Hunt SPR
  2. Alexandre Grenier SPR
  3. Ed Wittchow SPR

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