Rocket – Senators: Blanked in Belleville | GAME RECAP

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Laval Rocket vs Belleville Senators Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | Game 9, Away Game 1 | Monday, March 8, 2021
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

ROCKET

Laval

0-3

SENATORS

Belleville

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Yannick Veilleux – Jordan Weal – Jesse Ylonen

Joel Teasdale – Lukas Vejdemo – Alex Belzile

Jake Lucchini – Ryan Poehling – Rafael Harvey-Pinard

Michael Pezzetta – Joseph Blandisi – Brandon Baddock

Defense pairings

Corey Schueneman – Josh Brook

Otto Leskinen – Cale Fleury

Gustav Olofsson – Tobie Paquette-Bisson

Goaltenders

Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven

Scratches

Nathanael Halbert, Liam Hawel, Hayden Verbeek, Jacob Leguerrier, Cameron Hillis, Vasily Demchenko, Arsen Khisatmutdinov, Guillaume Brisbois, Terrance Amorosa, Tristan Pomerleau, Jan Mysak

Injuries

N/A

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

On Monday, the Rocket headed on the road for the first time this season as they faced the Senators in Ottawa. Similar to Laval, Belleville will play their home games this year in the arena of their NHL club.

It was Laval’s first action after eight days without hitting the ice for a game. The Rocket’s last match was on February 27th, where they defeated Manitoba 2-1 at the Bell Centre. The Senators are coming off a 6-2 loss on Saturday against the Moose.  

It was the fifth matchup between the teams, with Laval having three of the previous matchups. 

Yannick Veilleux returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with an injury. Tobie Paquette-Bisson made his Rocket debut, playing on defence.  Cayden Primeau got the start in goal. In his last start, Primeau made 19 saves in 4-3 win against the Moose. 

There have been several roster moves in the last 48 hours. Firstly, Xavier Ouellet and Laurent Dauphin were recalled by the Canadiens on Sunday. Secondly, Terrance Amorosa was signed to a professional tryout contract, and Tristan Pomerleau was signed to an amateur tryout contract.

First Period

It was a slow start for both teams to this matchup, but the pace picked up as the period progressed. The game went through a sequence of seven consecutive minutes without a stoppage in play.

Laval got an early power play opportunity, but weren’t able to capitalize or generate any dangerous chances. 

The Rocket’s best scoring chance came when Rafael Harvey-Pinard took a backhander shot from the slot area that was stopped by Filip Gustavsson, and Veilleux put the rebound between the pads, but the puck hit the side of the net. 

The Senators best scoring chance came with 35 seconds remaining in the period when Egor Sokolov missed a wide open net during a power play. Otto Leskinen was serving a penalty for interference.

Second Period

The Senators opened the scoring during the fifth minute of the period. The speedy Alex Formenton skated around Josh Brook and beat Primeau with a glove side shot. 

Fifty eight seconds later, Sokolov capitalized on a Leskinen error in the neutral zone to skate into Laval’s zone and beat Primeau on his blocker side. 

Brandon Baddock tried to provide some energy to his teammates by dropping the gloves against Joseph LaBate. LaBate wanted to fight with Gustav Olofsson, following a battle along the boards.

Veilleux obtained Laval’s best scoring chance of the period again, when Jordan Weal found him with a cross-ice pass, but Gustavsson made the pad save.

Third Period

Logan Shaw scored the only goal of the third period. Shaw used Corey Schueneman as a screen to beat Primeau up high on his blocker side. 

Laval had two dangerous scoring chances in this frame. During a penalty kill, Leskinen made a pass to Jake Lucchini on an odd-man rush that Gustavsson stopped with his right pad. 

With 1:15 remaining in the game, Schueneman found Joseph Blandisi open at the offensive blue line for a breakaway, that didn’t result to a shot on goal.

What’s Next?

Laval wasn’t able to get any of their 18 shots to the back of the net. Following the game, Bouchard said that he knew from the first minute that it would be a difficult night for his team. 

Laval’s rematch versus the Senators is on Wednesday at 7:00pm eastern. 

Be sure to scroll down for full audio from our AHL Report team and other members of the media in post-game interviews with Blandisi, Schueneman, and Bouchard.

Plus / Minus

▲  Yannick Veilleux, Corey Schueneman

▼  Josh Brook, Otto Leskinen, Alex Belzile, Lukas Vejdemo

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET   SENATORS
18 Shots 28
0 for 1 Power Play 0 for 2
9 Penalty Minutes 7
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (5-3-1-0) 0 0 0 0
Senators (2-6-0-0) 0 2 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: No scoring.
  • BEL: Formenton (3), Sokolov (3), Shaw (3)
  • LAV: Primeau (L) 3-2-0-0
  • BEL: Gustavsson (W) 2-3-0-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Logan Shaw  BEL
  2. Filip Gustavsson  BEL
  3. Alex Formenton  BEL

Watch

 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Joel Bouchard

Joseph Blandisi

Corey Schueneman

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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