Belleville 4, Utica 3

The BSens won an entertaining game against Utica on Saturday. Mercifully Mike Blunden was out of the lineup, although Kleinendorst’s newest man-crush Eric Selleck continues to play more than makes any sense. It was a great game for Filip Chlapik who extended his point streak to four-games and enjoyed his first ever three-point effort (amusingly, Kleinendorst rewarded Ciampini with extra TOI throughout the first two periods when he was simply benefiting from being on Chlapik’s line). The Czech rookie now leads the team in scoring (second in points-per-game behind Sexton).

Boxscore
Shots: 30-39
PP: 0-3
PK: 4-5
Scoring chances: 9
Key saves: 7
The Goals
1. Chlapik on a breakaway
2. Ciampini on a spin-around shot off Chlapik’s feed
3. Utica – right after their PP expires a blocked shot is banged in
4. Utica PP – Taylor beat shortside with a high backhander
5. Rodewald off a nice feed from Lajoie
6. Chlapik on an empty-net
7. Utica – Taylor over commits to the initial shot and is down and out for the rebound off the blocked shot

Notable plays:  Murray hits the crossbar on a breakaway (second); Chlapik and White both choose to pass instead of scoring on the empty-netter and Sexton just misses high (third).

As mentioned above Blunden missed the game and the team continues to thrive without him (10-10-3 versus 14-26-2). The org is completely oblivious to this kind of thing however and when he returns to the lineup he’ll play just as much as he always has.

One change Kleinendorst did make, however, was loading up his first line by adding Chlapik to Sexton-White. This happened in the third period and marks the first time he’s put them all together outside the powerplay all season.

Streaks of note:
-Werek has now gone twenty games without a point
-The second unit PP also hit the twenty game mark in terms of futility

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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