by Rocket de Laval
1 December 2018

LAVAL (December 1, 2018) – In a high energy matchup, the Laval Rocket put on a show for fans

who came out to attend the home team’s second annual Teddy Bear Toss game, despite a tough

loss to the Utica Comets by a score of 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Place Bell, in front of a crowd

of 6,415 fans. Michael McCarron and Alex Belzile put up standout performances, with McCarron

notching assists on four Rocket goals and Belzile with a goal and an assist of his own.


Despite the Rocket going down 1-0 early in the first period, goaltender Charlie Lindgren was a

bright spot at the start of this game, stopping 15/16 shots in the first frame. Well into the second

half of the first, Laval’s Hunter Shinkaruk nearly had a chance to even the score, robbed by Utica

starting goaltender Richard Bachman, who leapt out of his net to grab the bouncing puck. As the

final minutes of the first counted down, the Rocket penalty kill looked solid, keeping the Comets

power play out of the defensive zone and holding them to just one shot to keep their opponent’s

lead to just one goal in the opening 20 minutes of play.


The second period saw the Laval Rocket take the ice with renewed offensive energy. Just under

two minutes in, Laval’s Michael McCarron fired off a beauty of a pass in the offensive zone to up

teammate Alex Belzile for his third of the season, provoking a rain of teddy bears upon the ice at

Place Bell and tying the game at 1-1. Halfway through the second, Joel Bouchard’s men would

see themselves trailing yet again, but not for very long. Utica’s Darren Archibald put the Comets

up 2-1 at 10:25 with Laval’s Ryan Culkin answering back moments later with his first of the season

off a feed from captain Byron Froese to bring the score to 2-2. Utica snuck a third past Lindgren

late in the second to regain their lead, but Laval emerged with the upper hand with 2 goals and

9 shots on goal.


The third period began with yet another early goal for the Rocket, courtesy of Hunter Shinkaruk

and assisted by Michael McCarron on the powerplay. The Comets added two more goals to their

tally nearing the final minutes of the game, one of them an awkward bounce off the pads of

Comets and Rocket players alike. The Rocket showed resolve in an attempt to mount a comeback,

shortening their opponent’s lead to 5-4 with five minutes remaining as Victor Mete, recently sent

down to the team, scored his first ever AHL goal.



The Laval Rocket got involved in helping the less fortunate with the popular Teddy Bear Toss

during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Utica Comets. Following the first goal of the game,

fans were encouraged to throw teddy bears on the ice that they brought to the arena or purchased at kiosks

in the arena. The team worked in conjunction with the Service de police de

la Ville de Laval to collect the teddy bears thrown onto the ice in the second period. Alex Belzile’s

third goal of the season allowed stuffed animals to rain down from the crowd of 6,415 for the

second annual Laval Rocket teddy bear toss benefitting multiple local charities. The 3,282

collected teddy bears will be handed out to the following organizations: Fondation Cité de la

santé, Centre de femmes de Laval, Le relais communautaire Pont Viau, La maison de Lina, Centre

jeunesse de Laval, Centre communautaire Petit Espoir, Centre communautaire Val-Martin –

Maison de la famille, Entraide Pont-Viau et Laval-des-Rapides, and many more. This initiative

aims to put a smile on the faces of kids in need during the holiday season.



LAV: Belzile (McCarron, Alain) | Culkin (Froese, McCarron) | Shinkaruk (McCarron, Belzile) | Mete

(McCarron, Alain)

UTI: Kero (McEneny, MacMaster) | Archibald (Carcone, McEneny) | MacEwen (Darcy) | McEneny

(Carcone, Boucher) | Gaunce (unassisted)

Goaltenders: LAV: Lindgren (32/37) | UTI: Bachman (29/33)

Rocket Powerplay: 1/2 | Rocket Penalty Kill: 3/6

Three Stars: 1. Reid Boucher – UTI | 2. Michael McCarron – LAV| 3. Richard Bachman – UTI