Belleville 3, Laval 4 (OT); Belleville 5, Laval 3

The BSens wrapped up their last trip to Laval going 1-0-1, blowing a 3-1 lead in the first game and losing in overtime, while winning the second game after trailing 3-0. I believe the latter game is the first comeback with Hogberg in the net that we’ve seen, but it was a costly victory as both Nick Paul and Colin White left with injuries. Eric Selleck has played more minutes in his seven games in Belleville than his 30+ in the Ranger organization prior to the trade (at least it feels like it).

Shots: 31-30
PP: 1-4
PK: 4-6
Scoring chances: 11
Key saves: 3
The Goals
1. Gagne bangs in his own rebound
2. Laval – Taylor beat by a one-timer from the blueline
3. PP Sexton with a rocket top shelf
4. Rodewald after a great passing play via Sexton and Chlapik
5. Laval PP – Taylor beat by another slapper from the point
6. Laval – one-timer
7. Laval PP – Taylor beat short side

Notable plays: Chlapik unintentionally pushes a Laval player into the boards head first–Sexton scores while the ref is calling the penalty (second); bunch of fights after a big hit on Gagne which results in him fighting and subsequently being hurt (for the first time this season; third); Paul passes to no one on a 2-on-1 (OT)

Not a great game for Taylor, who in general has been playing more at his expected level, but hasn’t been able to completely get his game in shape.

Shots: 22-24
PP: 0-4
PK: 3-3
Key saves: 9
Scoring chances: 11
The Goals
1. Laval – rebound through a crowd
2. Laval – deke on an odd-man rush
3. Laval – great one-timer five-hole in the slot (White unable to tie up the stick or keep up)
4. Rodwald on a breakaway
5. Selleck cleans up Lajoie’s sneaky shot
6. Sexton bounces the puck off of Rodewald
7. Ciampini scores from the top of the circle
8. Reinhart hits the empty net after missing it moments before

Notable plays: Paul hurt on a hit (looked like his shoulder)–returned for a few shifts but was eventually out of the game (first); Randell takes a butt end to the face that isn’t called (first); White hurts his ankle or leg as he awkwardly falls–like Paul plays a few shifts before being taken out (first); Blunden can’t pull the trigger in the slot (second)

Some streaks of note:
-Hogberg broke a personal five-game losing streak
-Sieloff broke a 32-game pointless streak (!)
-Werek has gone 18 games without a point
-Blunden has gone 19 games without a goal
-Reinhart had his first goal in 13 games (albeit vs an empty net)
-Rodewald had his first multi-point game since November (40 games ago); it was also his first multi-goal game this season
-The second PP unit’s goalless streak has reached 18 games (the first unit has scored 11 goals over the same timeframe)

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


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