Laval Rocket vs Stockton Heat Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 16, Away Game 6 | Sunday, March 21, 2021|
|Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Jordan Weal – Jesse Ylonen
Yannick Veilleux – Lukas Vejdemo – Alex Belzile
Joseph Blandisi – Ryan Poehling – Joel Teasdale
Brandon Baddock – Jan Mysak – Arsen KhisamutdinovDefense pairings
Corey Schueneman – Otto Leskinen
Tobie Paquette-Bisson – Cale Fleury
Guillaume Brisebois – Josh BrookGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Vasily DemchenkoScratches
Nathanael Halbert, Hayden Verbeek, Jacob Leguerrier, Cameron Hillis, Terrance Amorosa, Tristan Pomerleau, Gustav Olofsson, Michael Pezzetta, Michael McNiven, Liam HawelInjuries
Game Report written by Chris G
The Rocket were at the Scotiabank Saddledome to face the Heat for the third time in four days. Laval is undefeated through two matchups, including a 4-3 victory on Saturday.
Yannick Veilleux and Arsen Khisamutdinov drew back into lineup. Veilleux returned after serving his two-game suspension. Michael Pezzetta and Liam Hawel skipped their turns for this match.
Cayden Primeau was in goal for Laval. In his last start, Primeau stopped 25 saves in Friday’s game against Stockton.
The ice was still wet when the red light went on. During the second minute of play, Joel Teasdale knocked the puck, while being tripped up, towards Joseph Blandisi and he beat Garret Sparks between the pads on Laval’s first shot on goal.
Two minutes later, Veilleux received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for kneeing Martin Pospisil. It was a dangerous play that will likely result in Veilleux getting suspended for the second time within a week.
Laval’s penalty kill unit shut down Stockton’s five-minute man advantage, allowing only three shots on goal.
It took 10:03 of action before Heat got another shot on goal, and it was from a one-timer by Michael Stone that beat Primeau blocker side to tie the score with 1:41 remaining.
There was no scoring in the second period. Each team wasn’t able to capitalize on the two power plays that they received.
Laval applied pressure throughout the frame outshooting their opponents 14-6, but were unable to get any pucks behind Sparks.
Stockton had its most dangerous opportunity in the final 90 seconds of the frame, that forced Primeau to make key saves.
The period ended with some pushing and shoving as the animosity was growing between the teams, as it usually occurs during a series.
The Rocket took back the lead with 5:01 remaining in the third period. Ryan Poehling intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, and dropped it to Blandisi who skated into the offensive zone and fed Teasdale for the goal.
Jordan Weal put his team in a dangerous situation as he threw the puck directly into the empty seats to give Stockton a power play with 3:32 remaining.
The Heat pulled their goalie to have a two-skater advantage during the power play, and Blandisi capitalized to clear the puck into the empty net with 1:45 remaining. Teasdale added another empty goal with six seconds remaining to give Laval a 4-1 win.
With the victory, the Rocket extended their win streak to five games. The teams finish their series on Tuesday at 7:00 pm eastern. Laval will have the day off on Monday.
Be sure to scroll down to hear full audio from the AHL Report team and other members of the media in post-game interviews with Blandisi, Schueneman, and Bouchard.
Plus / Minus
▲ Joseph Blandisi, Cale Fleury, Ryan Poehling, Joel Teasdale, Jan Mysak
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 5|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report
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