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

FINAL | Game 67, Away Game 39 | Monday, April 18, 2022
CAA Arena, Belleville, ON

ROCKET

Laval

1-4

SENATORS

Belleville

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Jean-Sebastien Dea – Jesse Ylonen

Danick Martel – Cedric Paquette – Alex Belzile

Gabriel Bourque – Nate Schnarr – Joel Teasdale

Kevin Roy – Brandon Gignac – Jean-Christophe Beaudin

Defense pairings

Xavier Ouellet – Sami Niku

Tobie Paquette-Bisson – Louie Belpedio

Terrance Amorosa – Tory Dello

Goaltenders

Cayden Primeau – Kevin Poulin

Scratches

Emil Heineman, Olivier Galipeau, Devante Smith-Pelly, Peter Abbandonato, Lucas Condotta, Nicolas Mattinen, Gabriel Mollot-Hill, Owen Savory

Injuries

Gianni Fairbrother (undisclosed), Cameron Hillis, Lukas Vejdemo (lower body)

Game Report

Game Report written by Amy Johnson

The final game of Laval’s five-game road trip ended where it began: Belleville. After leaving Cleveland with two wins, the Rocket looked to gain another two points on their North Division opponents with another victory in Belleville.

Cayden Primeau rejoined the team after being sent back down from his emergency recall to Montreal, and Brandon Gignac returned to the lineup. Lukas Vejdemo, however, was injured in Saturday night’s game and is sidelined with an injury.

First Period

The Senators controlled the play for the better part of the game’s start, but it was Laval who registered the first shot on goal after nearly three minutes had passed. The Rocket then maintained puck possession and peppered Mads Sogaard, but couldn’t get any pucks past him.

Belleville, however, managed to beat Primeau on just their fourth shot of the game. Matthew Wedman snapped the puck past the Laval goaltender short side from the circle.

The Rocket tied the game when Tory Dello fired the puck from the point. It traveled below the net, bounced off the end boards, and right onto the stick of Danick Martel, who made no mistake.

Second Period

Belleville came out with a bit more intensity in the second period, and took advantage of a line change when Zac Leslie hopped over the boards, intercepted the puck, and wired a shot from the point to restore the Senators’ lead.

The ice seemed flipped in this period, with the Rocket on their heels much more and chasing the game, while Belleville controlled the pace.

Third Period

The tables turned once again in the final period, as Laval regained their momentum from the opening frame. However, Sogaard, recently returned to Belleville from the NHL, was up to the task on this night.

After the Laval penalty killers successfully did their duty about halfway through the period, however, Wedman scored his second goal of the night when he wristed the puck from the blue line. It was an innocent-looking shot, but beat Primeau and gave the Senators a two-goal cushion.

The Rocket threw everything they had at the Belleville net, but Sogaard stole this game for his team after turning aside 45 shots. An empty-netter by Andrew Agozzino was the icing on the cake, handing Laval their first regulation loss in eight games.

What’s Next?

The Rocket now head home for a few days of rest and practice before welcoming the Toronto Marlies for the first of three games they’ll play against them at Place Bell in less than a week’s time.

Plus / Minus

▲ Nate Schnarr, Cedric Paquette

▼ Sami Niku, Xavier Ouellet, Joel Teasdale

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET   SENATORS
46 Shots 24
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 3
8 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (37-24-4-2) 1 0 0 1
Senators (37-27-4-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Martel (17)
  • BEL: Wedman (10), Leslie (4), Wedman (11), Agozzino (19)-ENG
  • LAV: Primeau (L) 15-11-3-2
  • BEL: Sogaard (W) 18-13-1-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Mads Sogaard  BEL
  2. Matthew Wedman  BEL
  3. Zac Leslie  BEL

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What Did They Say?

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Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s road game

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