Laval Rocket vs Rochester Americans Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game, Interviews, AHL, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 22, Away Game 10 | Friday, December 10, 2021|
|Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY|
Rocket LineupForward lines
Gabriel Bourque – Jean-Sebastien Dea – Alexandre Fortin
Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Lukas Vejdemo – Alex Belzile
Danick Martel – Brandon Gignac – Kevin Roy
Brandon Baddock – Peter Abbandonato – Jean-Christophe BeaudinDefense pairings
Terrance Amorosa – Louie Belpedio
Mattias Norlinder – Tory Dello
Tobie Paquette-Bisson – Carl NeillGoaltenders
Cayden Primeau – Michael McNivenScratches
Cam Hillis, Charles-David BeaudoinInjuries
Joel Teasdale (surgery), Josh Brook (surgery), Gianni Fairbrother (DTD), Xavier Ouellet (lower-body injury)
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
The Rocket found themselves back on the road again Friday night, setting up a two-game trip to the States. First up was a matchup against the Rochester Americans, who won both previous games the teams played in Laval earlier this season.
Both teams also entered the game looking to extend winning streaks. The Amerks were hoping to add a fifth game to their streak, while the Rocket wanted to make it four in a row.
After a good win in Laval on Wednesday night against the Manitoba Moose, head coach Jean-Francois Houle opted to make no changes to his lineup. Cayden Primeau got his fifth consecutive start in net.
The Rocket opened the game spending a lot of time in their own zone, with almost six minutes passing before Laval registered their first shot on goal. But once they finally did get some pucks on the Amerks’ net, they started to pile on the pressure.
With Rochester shorthanded, the Rocket weren’t able to come up with a power play goal. The man advantage looked pretty sloppy for the visiting team, as they were guilty of a couple of egregious turnovers.
But just after the power play expired, Lukas Vejdemo lit the lamp when he cleaned up his own rebound in tight to the net. The celebration for Laval couldn’t last too long, however, as the Americans came back less than three minutes later and buried a rebound of their own into a gaping net.
Sean Malone then gave Rochester their first lead of the night when he fired the puck from a sharp angle and deflected the puck off of Jean-Sebastien Dea‘s skate and into the Laval net.
Vejdemo scored his second goal of the night just over a minute into the middle frame when he drove the net, took a good pass from Alex Belzile, and shot the puck right through Rochester’s Mat Robson.
The Americans then regained the lead late in the period on a goal that Primeau would probably like to have back. Rochester captain Michael Mersch fired a soft shot from the boards that floated toward the Laval netminder and caught him out of position. The puck went up and over Primeau’s blocker side shoulder and into the net.
After a few minutes of back and forth play to begin the period, the ice started to tilt in favor of Rochester. Josh Teves skated the puck through the neutral zone and between defenders into Laval’s zone. In the slot, he quickly shuffled the puck off to his right where Mitch Eliot took it and quickly snapped it past Primeau to give Rochester a two-goal lead.
With about seven minutes left in the game, Tobie Paquette-Bisson inched the Rocket closer to tying the game when he ripped a shot from the blue line that found the back of the net. Defender Mattias Norlinder got the play started with a slick back pass to Bisson at the point.
An empty-netter by Ryan MacInnis with exactly one minute left on the clock would end any hopes of Laval mounting a comeback in this one.
On a high note, Vejdemo’s goals this evening catapulted him into sole possession of most goals scored by a Laval Rocket player over the course of their tenure with the team. That honor was previously held by Chris Terry.
What’s Next?The Rocket continue their short weekend road trip by heading even farther south, to central Pennsylvania. That’s where they’ll face the Hershey Bears for the first time this season.
Plus / Minus
▲ Lukas Vejdemo, Danick Martel
▼ Louie Belpedio, Cayden Primeau
|0 for 2||Power Play||0 for 2|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews not available for tonight’s road game
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