Laval Rocket vs Toronto Marlies Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 26, Away Game 13 | Saturday, April 10, 2021|
|Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto, ON|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Joseph Blandisi – Ryan Poehling – Joel Teasdale
Yannick Veilleux – Jordan Weal – Cole Caufield
Jake Lucchini – Laurent Dauphin – Rafael Harvey-Pinard
Michael Pezzetta – Cameron Hillis – Hayden VerbeekDefense pairings
Corey Schueneman – Josh Brook
Tobie Paquette-Bisson – Gustav Olofsson
Jacob LeGuerrier – Xavier OuelletGoaltenders
Vasily Demchenko – Charlie LindgrenScratches
Nathanael Halbert, Terrance Amorosa, Tristan Pomerleau, Liam Hawel, Brandon Baddock, Arsen KhisamutdinovInjuries
Alex Belzile (undisclosed), Lukas Vejdemo (undisclosed), Jan Mysak (undisclosed), Jesse Ylonen (undisclosed), Cale Fleury (undisclosed)
Game Report written by Chris G
The Rocket were at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to face the Marlies for a second consecutive day.
Friday’s game was highlighted by Cole Caufield’s professional debut, and he delivered. Caufield scored twice and added one assist to help Laval win 5-3 against Toronto.
Joel Bouchard maintained his forward lines and defensive pairings for today’s match. Vasily Demchenko obtained his second start of the year. In his first start, he made 22 saves in an overtime loss against the Moose on February 22nd.
Laval opened the scoring 5:16 into the match when Laurent Dauphin beat Ian Scott with a blast from the faceoff circle. It was Dauphin’s first goal in nine games, and Gustav Olofsson extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the play.
Dauphin increased the lead 3:50 later in a sloppy sequence. Dauphin was knocked on the ice by the defender and somehow managed to put the puck behind the goal line while laying on the ice. The Marlies weren’t happy with the official’s decision to allow the goal.
Following Friday’s performance, it was no surprise that Caufield would get Toronto’s attention. Richard Clune delivered a hard hit against the Canadiens first-round draft pick, which landed him in the box for interference.
As soon as Clune jumped back on the ice after serving the minor penalty, Michael Pezzetta dropped the gloves to defend his teammate.
The Marlies got on the board 5:28 into the second period. Tyler Gaudet intercepted Jacob LeGuerrier’s pass attempt, and skated to the front of the net to score against Demchenko in the top-corner.
Kalle Kossila tied the score at 2 with 7:11 remaining in the frame. Kossila went around Josh Brook with a toe-drag and beat Demchenko glove side with a wrist shot.
Toronto wasn’t able to capitalize on their only power play when Joel Teasdale was in the box for two minutes.
Pezzetta gave Laval the go-ahead goal at the 7:36 mark of the third period, after he picked up the rebound from Josh Brook’s point shot.
With 6:13 remaining, Yannick Veilleux passed the puck to Tobie Paquette-Bisson at Toronto’s blue line. His blast from the point hit Caufield’s skate before going behind Scott. The goal was his third goal and fourth point of the weekend.
The Marlies pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with 3:23 remaining in an attempt to close the two-goal deficit, and it paid off. Timothy Liljegren‘s shot from the blue line was redirected by Gaudet for his second of the afternoon. Laval shut the door to go on to win 4-3.
Bouchard challenged his players to treat this four-game stretch versus Toronto as a playoff series, and the squad responded with two wins in less than 24 hours.
The rivals head to the Bell Centre for a pair of contests starting on Thursday at 7:00pm eastern.
Plus / Minus
▲ Laurent Dauphin, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Jordan Weal, Michael Pezzetta
▼ Jacob LeGuerrier, Josh Brook
|0 for 1||Power Play||0 for 1|
Stars of the Game
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What Did They Say?
Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report
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