The Belleville Senators won a wild game 7-6 over the Toronto Marlies Friday night at CAA Arena on the back of a franchise record six-point effort from Drake Batherson.
In his first start for Belleville, Mike Condon made 17 saves while Batherson, Christian Wolanin, Erik Burgdoerfer, Rudolfs Balcers, Filip Chlapik, Adam Tambellini and Francois Beauchemin scored. Toronto had goals from Mason Marchment (2) Timothy Liljegren, Dmytro Timashov, Andreas Borgman and Frank Corrado while Jeff Glass stopped 17 shots.
Trailing by a goal heading into the second, the Marlies struck twice in 34 seconds as Timashov finished off Chris Mueller’s centering pass at 4:44 before defenceman Borgman wired a one-timer on an odd-man rush for his second goal of the season for a 3-2 Marlies lead.
The Senators battled back and found an equalizer through Batherson on the power play at 8:39 as he had his stick on the ice to tap home Adam Tambellini’s threaded pass in front of the crease.
But it didn’t take for Toronto to grab a 4-3 lead as Corrado had a ton of space to pick his spot just 51 seconds later but again Belleville found a tying goal through Balcers who swatted Batherson’s pass out the air for his fifth goal of the season.
And they had the lead at 15:07 through Chlapik as he redirected Batherson’s slap past pass Glass for a 5-4 advantage.
Toronto needed just 1:33 to tie the game at 5-5 in the third as with Jordan Murray in the box, Marchment used his size down low to fire second goal of the year past Condon.
The Senators dug themselves into trouble taking four straight penalties to open the third but Jack Rodewald nearly gave the Sens the lead on a short-handed breakaway on the fourth kill. However, Belleville fell behind on the same penalty kill as Marchment’s second of the night came with 8:21 to play.
But as they showed all night, the Sens fought back again as Tambellini used a screen to make the game 6-6 with 12:54 to play and the Sens’ seventh different scorer of the night in Beauchemin won the game with only 1:38 left in regulation.
It took just 2:11 for the Sens to strike in the first period as Wolanin had all the time in the world in the slot as he beat Glass blocker side after a nifty pass from Rudolfs Balcers.
The Marlies tied the game at 9:04 through Liljegren who stepped into the play to bury a cross-ice feed that had missed the intended target in front of the net.
Belleville restored its lead before the end of the first through a returning Burgdoerfer as the Sens captain drove the net and wacked in a bouncing puck for his second of the season at 14:21.
Wolanin a career high recorded five points while Paul Carey saw his five-game point streak snapped.
The Battle of Ontario resumes Saturday as the Sens once again host the Marlies at 7pm on Military Remembrance. Tickets are available by clicking here.