Belleville 1, Toronto 3

I Caught this on replay. Prior to the game the Sens signed Union College grad Ryan Scarfo (C/L) to an ATO; the center had a career year (38-20-16-36) as a senior, leading the team in scoring (tied in PPG’s with the undrafted Brett Supinksi, but very close to undrafted Cole Maier). The BSens have a lousy track record with ATOs (anyone remember Nick Craven?), so I don’t expect much, but they are really short at forward right now so could use the bodies.

Boxscore
Shots: 29-36
PP: 1-5
PK: 4-5
Scoring chances: 13
Key saves: 12
The Goals
1. Toronto – Hogberg throws the puck up the boards which is picked off and he can’t get set as the Marlie walks in all alone
2. Toronto PP – low wrister from the top of the circle
3. PP – Sexton scores through a crowd
4. Toronto – an unpressured Blunden throws the puck up the middle of the ice and the Marlies one-time it from the dot

Notable plays: Reinhart misses an empty net (first); Blunden runs a Marlie from behind (first); Blunden crashes awkwardly into the boards (second; stayed in the game); Werek takes a dumb penalty and Marlies keep possession for 1:20 afterwards (third); Reinhart makes an offside pass on a 3-on-2 (third).

It was a great game for Hogberg who stood on his head the first two periods when the BSens were outshot 32-18. Kleinendorst’s frustratingly stupid decisions continued–why continue to put Selleck on the PK? Why play Moutrey? Why not put Chlapik on the White-Sexton line when you need a goal? Why does Blunden continue to get an enormous amount of minutes? So many questions. Christian Jaros, who returned from injury after missing 20 games (the team was 4-14-2 without him), didn’t play much.

Streaks of note:
-Werek’s pointless streak hit 19 games
-Blunden’s goalless streak hit 20 games (still getting regular PP time, however)
-The second unit PP has now been without a goal in 19 games

A question: Kleinendorst has been using just two defensemen to kill penalties fairly frequently the last couple of months–I can’t think of any other pro team that does this, but if someone can correct me please do. On the face of it I can’t see how it helps.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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