GAME RECAP | Laval Rocket vs Cleveland Monsters: Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 28, Away Game 14 | Sunday, December 18, 2022|
|Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Alex Belzile – Jesse Ylonen
Peter Abbandonato – Brandon Gignac – Joel Teasdale
Lucas Condotta – Mitchell Stephens – Gabriel Bourque
Pierrick Dube – Olivier Galipeau (seventh defenseman) – John Parker-JonesDefense pairings
Nicolas Beaudin – Corey Schueneman
Mattias Norlinder – Justin Barron
William Trudeau – Tory DelloGoaltenders
Joe Vrbetic – Kevin PoulinScratches
Rem Pitlick, Otto LeskinenInjuries
Gianni Fairbrother (knee), Nate Schnarr (lower-body), Cayden Primeau (upper-body), Madison Bowey (upper-body), Jan Mysak (DTD), Danick Martel (DTD), Justin Barron, Xavier Simoneau (upper-body)
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
After what looked like a promising start to the noontime game against the Monsters on Saturday, the Rocket’s outlook for the day came unraveled when Cleveland put up four goals in the third period to beat the visiting team 7-4.
Sunday morning, Rem Pitlick was reassigned to Laval and an announcement was made that he would join the team in Syracuse next week. At the same time, Anthony Richard was recalled to Montreal to join the Canadiens on the start of their lengthy road trip.
That meant Jean-Francois Houle would need to do some minor shifting to his lineup, being down another forward for today’s game. John Parker-Jones entered the lineup, and seven defenseman were iced once again. In goal, Joe Vrbetic got his second AHL start.
For the second day in a row, the Laval Rocket opened the scoring. Joel Teasdale redirected Nicolas Beaudin‘s shot from the point to put the visiting team on the board first.
This day was Cleveland’s Teddy Bear Toss day, and the fans didn’t have to wait too long to launch a load of stuffed animals onto the ice. Joona Luota was the Monsters player to trigger the toss, evening the score at 1-1 in the meantime.
Emotions began to really heat up in the second period, as Roman Ahcan and Rafael Harvey-Pinard found themselves sharing time in the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Soon after that, Josh Dunne and Alex Belzile dropped the gloves for a fight and headed off to the box themselves.
Teasdale scored his second goal of the game to restore Laval’s lead, and that was followed up by Lucas Condotta picking up a big rebound to put past Pavel Cajan.
Third PeriodAbout five minutes into the third period, Laval finally found some success on the power play when Nicolas Beaudin managed to wrist a shot past Cajan after a scramble in the crease came up unsuccessful. The Rocket’s victory gives young Vrbetic a perfect 2-0 record in his AHL starts.
What’s Next?The Rocket will wrap up their road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Syracuse for another divisional matchup against the Crunch.
Plus / Minus
▲ Justin Barron, Joel Teasdale, Nicolas Beaudin
▼ Alex Belzile, William Trudeau
|1 for 4||Power Play||0 for 3|
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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