SENS RECAP | Senators – Rocket: Taylor Stays Hot in Belleville Victory

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FINAL | 2017-18 Season, Game 42 | Friday January 19, 2018 
Place Bell, Laval, QC




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Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Paul – O’Brien – Rodewald
Perron – Kelly – Blunden
McCormick – Reinhart – DiDomenico
Werek – Flanagan – Gagne[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lajoie – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Murray – Erkamps[/one_half_last]


Scratches: Tyler Randell, Chris Driedger

Injured Reserve: Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff, Ben Harpur

Game Report

The Belleville Senators and Laval Rocket kicked off their home-and-home series Friday night in Laval. The Senators were riding high coming off a pair of comeback victories over the Hartford Wolf Pack and Syracuse Crunch. They were also looking for some revenge over the Rocket who took the victory in their last match-up in Belleville.

The opening frame got off to a great start for the Senators. Just over five minutes into the action, Ethan Werek deflected a shot from Gabriel Gagne that fooled Charlie Lindgren to make it 1-0 Belleville. Danny Taylor was solid in the frame, making big saves on Eric Gelinas and Nikita Scherbak to keep the Senators in the lead. After 20 minutes of play, Belleville led 1-0.

The Senators kept it coming in the second period. Just over three minutes into the period, Jordan Murray put a harmless looking shot towards Lindgren that eluded him to make it 2-0. Less than a minute later, Mike Blunden fired home his fifth of the season off a nice pass from Jim O’Brien to extend the lead to three. Gagne also scored in the frame, chasing Lindgren in the process. After two periods, Belleville led 4-0.

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In the third period, the Rocket got on the board. It was Adam Cracknell who spoiled Taylor’s shutout to make it 4-1. Later in the frame Antoine Waked was sprung on a breakaway by Michael McCarron but Taylor robbed him with the glove to keep the Senators lead at three goals. Belleville went on to win this game 4-1, backstopped by Taylor who made 36 saves.

The Senators were in control of this game from start to finish, winning their third game in a row in the process. Belleville and Laval get right back at it tomorrow night in Belleville.

▲ Danny Taylor, Gabriel Gagne, Mike Blunden, Jordan Murray

23 Shots 37
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
23 Penalty Minutes 21
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (18-21-0-3) 1 3 0 4
 Rocket (16-19-5-2) 0 0 1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • BEL: Werek (10), Murray (6), Blunden (5), Gagne (13)
  • LAV: Cracknell (15)
  • BEL: Taylor (W) 6-9-0-1
  • LAV: Lindgren (L) 6-10-6-1
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Gabriel Gagne  BEL
  2. Danny Taylor  BEL
  3. Jordan Murray  BEL

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