GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Rochester Americans: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 51, Away Game 27 | Friday, February 24, 2023|
|Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Anthony Richard – Peter Abbandonato – Joel Teasdale
Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Xavier Simoneau
Gabriel Bourque – Brandon Gignac – Pierrick Dube
Riley McKay – Jan Mysak – Nate SchnarrDefense pairings
William Trudeau – Tory Dello
Mattias Norlinder – Madison Bowey
Nicolas Beaudin – Olivier GalipeauGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Kevin PoulinScratches
Rafael Harvey-Pinard (emergency NHL recall), Rem Pitlick (emergency NHL recall), Jesse Ylonen (emergency NHL recall), Alex Belzile (emergency NHL recall), John Parker-JonesInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Danick Martel (DTD), Otto Leskinen
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
After beginning the week with a big 7-2 Family Day victory over the Belleville Senators on Monday, the Laval Rocket were back on the road Friday night for a visit to the Rochester Americans.
Perhaps as an omen of what was to come, the scoring opened early when Jeremy Davies got Rochester on the board just 35 seconds into the game with a quick snap shot while crossing through the slot.
Not long after that, Filip Cederqvist and William Trudeau dropped the gloves for a quick bout. Cederqvist tossed Trudeau easily to the ice.
Gabriel Bourque tied the game with his 10th goal of the season, on a shot that beat Malcolm Subban through the pads. But Rochester restored their lead with a top-corner snipe by Lukas Rousek to beat Cayden Primeau.
The Amerks extended to a two-goal lead with a goal by captain Michael Mersch who set up all alone on the far side and caught Primeau already down.
Laval pulled back within a goal when Brandon Gignac scored his 10th of the season, off a pass from behind the net by Bourque.
Ethan Prow made it 4-2 for Rochester, however, when he snapped a shot cleanly past Primeau on the glove side. That goal ended the young netminder’s night, and Kevin Poulin came into the crease in relief.
Poulin struggled right off the bat as well, as Jiri Kulich blasted a puck past him on the first shot the veteran netminder faced.
Lucas Condotta restored some energy to the Rocket bench when he scored a shorthanded goal, but 30 seconds later the Amerks got it right back with Mersch’s second of the night. He battled for a rebound on the power play, and Laval’s defense couldn’t keep him from putting it over the line.
Special teams continued to help Laval, as Joel Teasdale scored on the power play to bring it to 6-4 for Rochester before the intermission.
Third PeriodThe final frame saw Rochester add two more goals to their tally: a second of the night by Kulich, and then one by Linus Weissbach to make it 8-4. The Rocket weren’t able to generate anything else.
What’s Next?The team from Quebec won’t have much time to think about this rout by Rochester, as they’ll travel overnight to Toronto to take on the Marlies at 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon.
Plus / Minus
▲ Brandon Gignac, Gabriel Bourque
▼ Cayden Primeau, Kevin Poulin, Joel Teasdale, Anthony Richard, Peter Abbandonato
|1 for 1||Power Play||1 for 2|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
|Video highlights will be added when available|
What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s road game
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