Sens score three late goals to beat Hartford
The Belleville Senators certainly had the Force in their corner Saturday night as they scored three late goals to beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-2 at the Yardmen Arena on Star Wars night.
Mike Blunden (2), Colin White and Jim O’Brien scored for Belleville while in his first start since Dec. 20, Danny Taylor made 30 saves. Scott Kosmachuk and Filip Chytil tallied goals for Hartford with Alexandar Georgiev stopping 25 shots.
Tied 1-1 heading into the third, the Wolf Pack snatched the lead with 5:46 to play as Chytil’s wrister just trickled over the goal line after Taylor couldn’t quite get enough of the puck to turn it aside.
But the Sens rebounded in spectacular fashion as O’Brien tied the game at 2-2 with 3:46 to play as he buried a rebound before captain Blunden scored 15 seconds later as he tucked home Max McCormick’s centering pass for a 3-2 lead.
Blunden added an empty-netter with 36.6 seconds left to secure the victory.
It took just 1:32 for the Wolf Pack to take a 1-0 lead as Kosmachuk grabbed his ninth of the year early on but the Senators found their footing and eventually their equalizer through White at 3:36 as he buried Francis Perron’s cross-ice feed on a 2-on-1 for his third goal in two games and eighth of the season.
A rather lifeless second period, that only saw Dan Catenacci hit the iron on a rebound in the lone quality scoring chance of the period, sprung into action in the final 1:30 as White was addressed a game-misconduct for a hit on Cole Schneider that also drew a five-minute penalty. But the best opportunity in the frame went to McCormick as he skated in short-handed but Georgiev just got part of his glove on McCormick’s wrister to send it over the crossbar with 25 seconds left.
Chris Kelly registered his first point as a Senator after grabbing the secondary assist on Blunden’s goal while Christian Jaros had two assists. Belleville completed the season sweep over the Wolf Pack having beaten Hartford 5-1 on Oct. 20.
The Sens will hit the ice again on Jan. 17 when their North Division rivals Syracuse Crunch visit the Yardmen Arena. Tickets are available by clicking here.