Sens beat Marlies for first time in franchise history
The Belleville Senators collected another piece of franchise history on Boxing Day as they beat the Toronto Marlies for the first time on the back of a 2-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
Ethan Werek and Francis Perron scored for Belleville while Andrew Hammond made 31 saves. Andrew Nielsen scored for the Marlies while Calvin Pickard turned aside 13 shots.
Tied 1-1 heading into the third, the Sens took the lead through Perron’s fourth of the year as he deposited Tyler Randell’s outstanding centering pass from behind the net at 8:23 for a lead the Sens wouldn’t relinquish.
Hammond made 12 saves in the third, including two quality stops inside the final three seconds, to secure his seventh win of the season.
The Marlies had taken a 1-0 lead just 6:06 into the game on Nielsen’s first of the year as his point shot from the blue line found its way through traffic on the man advantage.
The Senators found their equalizer on the power play at 12:27 as Werek tipped in Colin White’s shot for his seventh goal of the season with Ben Harpur grabbing the secondary assist.
Before today’s game, the Sens were 0-3 against Toronto this season in the Battle of Ontario. The two teams will meet again on New Years Eve at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
Belleville plays its next two games at the Yardmen Arena as they host the Laval Rocket on Dec. 28 and the Providence Bruins Dec. 30. Tickets are available by clicking here.