GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Cleveland Monsters: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 43, Away Game 21 | Friday, January 27, 2023|
|Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Anthony Richard – Peter Abbandonato – Xavier Simoneau
Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Nate Schnarr
Joel Teasdale – Brandon Gignac – Pierrick Dube
Ryan Francis – Anthony Beauregard – Riley McKayDefense pairings
William Trudeau – Corey Schueneman
Mattias Norlinder – Eric Williams
Olivier Galipeau – Santino CentorameGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Philippe DesrosiersScratches
Rafael Harvey-Pinard (emergency NHL recall), Rem Pitlick (emergency NHL recall), Alex Belzile (NHL recall), John Parker-JonesInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Madison Bowey (upper-body), Jan Mysak (DTD), Danick Martel (DTD), Otto Leskinen, Tory Dello, Nicolas Beaudin, Gabriel Bourque, Kevin Poulin
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
Friday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Monsters might not have resulted in a win for the Laval Rocket, but pushing the game to overtime meant that their point streak continued.
There wasn’t much time to dwell on the loss, as the two teams would meet again at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse just 24 hours later.
Due to the limited options on his roster, head coach Jean-Francois Houle only had one option for a change to the lineup: substituting Riley McKay on the fourth line for John Parker-Jones. Cayden Primeau got his second start in as many days, facing Jet Greaves again at the other end of the sheet.
The Monsters took control of this game right from the opening puck drop, peppering the Laval netminder with six shots in the opening couple of minutes.
Soon after, Santino Centorame left the ice and headed down the tunnel to the Rocket’s dressing room, leaving the bench short one defenseman. He would return later in the game.
The teams exchanged power plays, but it was Laval’s man-advantage that converted first. Anthony Richard wired a wrister from the circle to beat Greaves.
Late in the period, after Cleveland took a delay of game penalty, Joel Teasdale made it 2-0 for Laval when he tapped in the puck at the crease off of Peter Abbandonato‘s shot.
Things developed quickly in the second period, when the Rocket scored their third power play goal of the night in the opening two minutes. Lucas Condotta managed to get the puck on iron and it deflected past Greaves.
About a minute later, however, the Monsters got on the board when Roman Ahcan ripped a snap shot from the slot to beat Primeau.
Just a couple of minutes later, Brandon Davidson added another goal to Cleveland’s side of the scoreboard, beating Primeau short side with a one-timer from the circle.
After Houle took his timeout, emotions settled down for a good portion of the remainder of the period. Condotta would score his second of the night, however, when he deflected the puck past Greaves. Then, moments later, Riley McKay scored his first of the season, and first in the AHL, when he also deflected a puck into the Cleveland net.
That goal chased Greaves from the crease, ending his night, as Paval Cajan entered the game in his place.
Cleveland was down but not yet out, as they struck again just about five minutes into the final frame. Cole Fonstad ripped a shot from afar that beat Primeau cleanly.
Richard scored his second of the night to restore a three-goal lead when the Monsters turned the puck over and Abbandonato fed his linemate on a give-and-go play.
With about seven minutes left in regulation, Cleveland’s coach pulled Cajan for a six-on-four power play opportunity. The Monsters weren’t able to capitalize during the two minutes on the advantage, but seconds after the penalty expired, Justin Richards snuck a puck between Primeau’s skate and the post.
The Rocket responded with an empty-net goal. Mitchell Stephens passed the puck to Condotta in order to give his teammate a hat trick.
What’s Next?The Rocket have a week to enjoy this victory before they go back out on the road. They’ll travel to Toronto next weekend for a back-to-back series against the Marlies.
Plus / Minus
▲ Joel Teasdale, Anthony Richard, Lucas Condotta
▼ Cayden Primeau, Olivier Galipeau, Eric Williams
|3 for 7||Power Play||0 for 4|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
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What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s game
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