After a 375 day wait from the moment the franchise was announced, the Belleville Senators officially made their American Hockey League debut.
Now with that milestone out of the way, the Sens will do battle once again with the Laval Rocket in the second game of the season as they seek to secure the first win in franchise history.
Despite defeat on opening night, head coach Kurt Kleinendorst found a lot of positives in the way his team played as they get set to face the Rocket again Saturday. Even though the Sens went 0-for-8 with the man advantage, Belleville created endless chances but were just unable to find a goal.
Head coach Kurt Kleinendorst:
“As far as effort goes, I thought the effort was there. Our structure was very good. Even the power play. We didn’t score a power play goal but we had plenty of chances so for me, hopefully we come back tomorrow and we’ll be a little bit sharper and that will allow us to score a couple of goals and be on the other side to find a way to win a hockey game.”
Jack Rodewald and Chris Driedger remain out while last night’s scratches were goaltender Marcus Hogberg, defenceman Jordan Murray and forward Vince Dunn. Danny Taylor started in goal Friday, and was impressive in making 23 saves, so he could very well be back between the pipes Saturday.
Laval opened the season Friday with a 3-0 victory behind goals from Daniel Audette, Michael McCarron and Nicolas Deslauriers while goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 26 saves.
The two teams had squared off in two preseason games last weekend with Belleville winning 3-1 in the first game before a 7-5 defeat the following night.
Where to watch
Friday’s game starts at 7:30pm from Place Bell in Laval and can be seen live on www.theahl.com through their AHL LIVE application (subscription required).
The radio broadcast on CJBQ 800 begins at 7:15pm with Jack Miller on the call.