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Rocket @ Senators recap & highlights: Belleville brings Laval back down to earth

The two teams split the home-and-home series.

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One night after a big win at home, the Laval Rocket had the Belleville Senators return the favour in a 5-2 loss at the CAA Arena on Saturday night.

Jake Lucchini scored twice for the Senators in his second game against the Laval team that traded him earlier this week. Belleville opened up a 4-0 lead before Laurent Dauphin scored the first of two goals in the final minutes of the game to make the final score a bit more respectable.

It was another slow start for the Rocket, as they struggled to get anything going in the early going. The Rocket started another parade to the penalty box a little over seven minutes into the game when Brandon Baddock took a holding penalty. On the ensuing penalty kill, Ryan Poehling ended up behind the Senators net when he took a hit to the back of the head. He left the game and did not return.

Jean-François Houle did not have an update after the game, according to 91.9 play-by-play announcer Anthony Marcotte.

Michael McNiven, making his first start of the season, kept Laval in the game early, making 12 saves in the first period to enter the intermission tied 0-0. The first period included two more Laval penalties, including a short five-on-three for Belleville, but they were unable to convert.

The second period is where everything started to fall apart. Lucchini scored his first goal just 3:55 into the frame when he capitalized on a break. Jean-Christophe Beaudin’s stick broke while attempting to clear the zone, and the puck found its way to Lucchini at the side of the net, and he made no mistake.

Midway through the period, the Senators scored three more times in a span of 5:02. Lucchini started the run with his second goal of the game on a shot from the circle that beat McNiven. Matthew Wedman scored his second goal in as many nights 3:28 later. That goal chased McNiven from the game. The goaltender ended his night making 18 saves on 21 shots. Houle said after the game that he was suffering from cramps, which is the reason Cayden Primeau entered the game.

He wouldn’t fare much better. Lassi Thompson scored on the power play 1:34 later to make it 4-0. All in all, the Rocket penalty kill did a good job as they killed five of the six power plays they gave Belleville. Their power play did not capitalize on their three opportunities and it sits at 0/6 after two games.

The Rocket came out strong in the third period, which was their best on the night. They couldn’t get a puck past Mads Sogaard, however, until the 12 minute mark of the period when Laurent Dauphin deflected an Xavier Ouellet point shot.

After Pontus Aberg added an empty net goal for Belleville, Dauphin scored again when he pounced on the loose puck to make it 5-2.

The Rocket now will have a few days off before their next game on Wednesday at Place Bell when they host the Manitoba Moose.


  • After a goal and an assist in Friday night’s game, Michael Pezzetta had assists on both Dauphin goals and now sits at four points through two games.
  • Primeau made seven saves on eight shots after coming in for McNiven.


11 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard — 41 Ryan Poehling — 26 Jesse Ylönen
15 Kevin Roy — 10 Jean-Sébastien Dea — 27 Laurent Dauphin
18 Danick Martel — 12 Lukas Vejdemo — 20 Gabriel Bourque
34 Brandon Baddock — 17 Jean-Christophe Beaudin — 23 Michael Pezzetta

43 Xavier Ouellet — 7 Louie Belpedio
2 Gianni Fairbrother — 6 Corey Schueneman
4 Tobie Paquette-Bisson — 5 Tory Dello

40 Michael McNiven
31 Cayden Primeau

Scratches: D Terrance Amorosa, D Carl Neill, F Cameron Hillis, F Alexandre Fortin, F Brandon Gignac

The lines changed a bit from where they were on Friday, but there were no changes to the players other than McNiven getting the start.


AHL North DIvision standings.