The Rocket launches into a busy week with a rare Tuesday night game against a familiar foe in the Toronto Marlies on November 13th. The Rocket then host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday, November 16th before heading down to Syracuse on Saturday to face the Crunch.
Laval is coming off a strong week, collecting four of a possible six points during its three-game road trip. The Rocket overcame an early 2-0 deficit on November 7th to defeat the Utica Comets 4-3. Alexandre Alain scored his first American Hockey League goal and Michael Chaput scored the game-winning goal against his former team 8:21 into the final frame to secure the victory for the road team. The Rocket followed up that gutsy performance with an impressive 5-1 win over the Cleveland Monsters on November 9th, propelled by Jake Evans’ two goals and a strong performance between the pipes from goaltender Charlie Lindgren, who stopped 31 of 32 shots. The Monsters extracted a measure of revenge with a win in the second leg of the back-to-back by a score of 4-2 the following night.
Place Bell is the place to be this week as both home games appear on the 2018-19 promotional calendar. Tuesday night’s tilt versus Toronto is the 91.9 Sports Game – fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet their favourite radio personalities during the game. The Rocket and Marlies know each other quite well after facing off twelve times last season. Toronto won first contest of this season by a score of 2-1 in overtime back on October 23rd in Toronto and comes into the game with a record of 5-5-0-2.
Fans who attend Friday night’s battle versus Bridgeport will also get to enjoy Collectors’ Cup Giveaway night. Presented by ALBI le Géant, a limited number of collectors’ cups will be offered to the first 5,000 fans to enter the arena. The Sound Tigers head to Laval on a roll, winners of its last four and sitting second in the Atlantic Divison with a record of 8-5-1-0. The teams split the two games they played last season – the Rocket won the first road game in its history last October in Bridgeport by a score of 6-3. The Sound Tigers returned the favour in February, handing the Rocket a 4-2 loss.
The Rocket begin a four-game road trip on Saturday night in Syracuse, who enter the week sitting last in the North Division with a 5-5-1-0 record. This is the first meeting between the two sides this season. The two sides split the season series last year with four wins apiece.
Joël Bouchard’s team enters the week fourth in the North Division standings with a record of 6-8-1-0, and will look to continue to push the pace offensively after scoring 11 goals in 3 games last week. The Rocket will look to keep converting on its chances while maintaining its strong defensive play. They continue to lead the league in shots against per game (21.67) and rank third in the league in goals against per game (2.60).
By the numbers…
|Buts / Goals||Jake Evans (5)|
|Aides / Assists||Alex Belzile (10)|
|Points||Alex Belzile (11)|
|Tirs / Shots||Kenny Agostino (48)|
|MBA / GAA||Michael McNiven (2.38)|
|%ARR / SVS%||Charlie Lindgren (.891)|
|1. Calle Rosen ranks 7th in the AHL in defenseman point leaders with 12 points and has the 3rd most assists among defensemen (11)…
|1. Josh Ho-Sang ranks third in the AHL in assists with 13 helpers so far this season…
|1. Andy Andreoff, Cory Conacher and Carter Verhaeghe lead the Crunch with 8 points each. Conacher has done it in just six games, while the other two have played in all 10 of Syracuse’s games thus far…
|2. The Marlies have been effective on the power play overall (10th in the AHL), but have been especially good on the road, converting on 30% of its opportunities (4th in the AHL)…
|2. Devon Toews has had a strong start to the season, ranking 5th among all AHL defensemen with 14 points…
|2. Despite a slow start to the season, Syracuse’s power play has been effective, sitting 11th overall in the AHL at 23.8%…
|3. The Marlies have struggled on the penalty kill, ranking 26th overall and 30th on the road…||3. Bridgeport has had trouble staying out of the penalty box so far this year, tied for second in the AHL with 241 total penalty minutes – and they haven’t had much success killing off those penalties, as the currently own the worst overall penalty killing record in the AHL…||3. While it has only happened three times this year, Syracuse has yet to lose a game when scoring the first goal…