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Game Day Build-Up: Senators at Moose – March 11, 2022

March 11, 2022

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Senators will look to build off their strong start to the month of March tonight, as they play the first of back-to-back games in Winnipeg, against the Manitoba Moose. Belleville has earned at least a point in five straight games (four wins and an overtime loss) and has most recently picked up consecutive victories over Rochester (6-5 on Mar.5) and more recently, Providence (4-1 on Mar.9). The Moose are also playing some consistent hockey lately and have won three straight games, including a victory over Chicago and a pair of wins against Rockford. This weekend’s series also wraps up a nine-game homestand for the Moose.

Previous History:

Tonight’s matchup is the third-of-four in the season series between Belleville and Manitoba. The Moose won both previous meetings in Belleville, back in December, by scores of 3-1 and 2-0. Lifetime against the Moose, the Belleville Sens hold a record of 11-10-3-0 and are 5-3-2-0 at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg.

Roster Notes:

Head Coach Troy Mann will go with a nearly identical lineup to the won that earned a victory over Providence on Tuesday afternoon. The only change is in net, where Logan Flodell has been signed to a professional try out from the ECHL Reading Royals and will back up Mads Sogaard. Flodell was signed after Kevin Mandolese was injured and left the game after the second period on Tuesday, with Coach Mann saying the young goaltender suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks of action.

Who to Watch:

Jake Lucchini is riding a season-long four-game point streak coming into tonight’s game (two goals, two assists) and has moved back into the Belleville Sens scoring lead, ahead of Egor Sokolov and Andrew Agozzino. Agozzino is on a three game streak coming into tonight (one goal, two assists), as are Logan Shaw (one goal, three assists) and Cole Reinhardt (three goals, one assist). Mark Kastelic also has points in back-to-back games (two goals, one assist) and celebrates his 23rd birthday today.

For Manitoba, CJ Suess (two goals, three assists) and Dylan Samberg (no goals, four assists) are on four-game point streaks, while Cole Maier (one goal, three assists) and Greg Merieles (two goals, four assists) both have points in each of their last three games. Dynamic goaltender Mikhail Berdin is also on a personal two-game win streak and has the 11th best goals against average in the American Hockey League (2.44)

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game starts at 8:00 p.m. ET and can be heard on the Belleville Sens Official Broadcast Partner 800 AM CJBQ, with David Foot (Broadcast time is 6:50 p.m.). The game can also be streamed live on AHL TV.

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