DESPRÉS GIVES ROCKET 4-3 VICTORY OVER MARLIES IN OVERTIME

by Rocket de Laval
8 December 2018

TORONTO (December 8, 2018) – The Laval Rocket played their second game of the weekend at
the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, where after a lot of back-and-forth scoring
between them and their divisional rival, Simon Després gave the Rocket a 4-3 victory over the
Toronto Marlies due to an overtime powerplay goal. Alex Belzile notched two points in the win.

A wrist shot from Karl Alzner that he sent into heavy net-front traffic halfway through the first
period resulted in Alex Belzile picking up the loose puck and tucking it in behind Kasimir Kaskisuo
for his fourth of the season, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead over the defending Calder Cup
champions early in the game. Though Jeremy Bracco would even the score for Toronto two
minutes later after one-timing a perfect pass from Calle Rosen behind Michael McNiven, Joël
Bouchard’s players finished the period ahead by a goal as Jake Evans netted his eighth of the
season while on the powerplay to make it 2-1.

Byron Froese added to Laval’s lead early in the second period with a wrist shot that trickled under
the blocker of Toronto’s netminder, who turned away 15 of Laval’s 19 shots in their loss while
McNiven stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced in the Rocket’s victory. Trevor Moore reduced
Toronto’s deficit to one before they headed into the final frame however with his 12th of the
season, which also came on the powerplay.

A plethora of penalties were given in the final 20 minutes and though Laval’s penalty kill
maintained their team’s lead throughout, they were unable to prevent Toronto from scoring the
equalizer with a little over a minute left in the game. With Després in the box and Kaskisuo on
the bench, the Marlies had a 6-on-4 on which Chris Mueller netted his 11th of the season.
However, the tides turned on the Marlies in overtime as Jordan Subban took a penalty, allowing
Després to score his first as a member of the Rocket to give his team the victory.

“We played yesterday and had a difficult loss, but to turn around and do four hours on the road
the next day to play a team that didn’t play the day before… I find we came out alert,” said
Bouchard of his team’s performance after the game. “It’s not easy to come back from games like
yesterday, so we showed a lot of character [today].”

Goalscorers:
LAV: Belzile (McCarron, Alain) | Evans (Audette) | Froese | Despres (Belzile, Shinkaruk)
TOR: Bracco (Rosen, LoVerde) | Moore (Bracco, Mueller) | Mueller (Bracco, Gagner)

Goaltenders:
LAV: McNiven (26/29) | TOR: Kaskisuo (15/19)

Rocket Powerplay: 2/6 | Rocket Penalty Kill: 3/5

Three Stars: 1. Simon Després – LAV | 2. Jeremy Bracco – TOR | 3. Alex Belzile – LAV