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Belleville Sens suffer heartbreaking loss in Syracuse

January 17, 2022

It was a heartbreaking end to the Belleville Sens four-game road trip around Lake Ontario on Monday afternoon. Alex Barre-Boulet scored the game-winning goal with just 16 seconds left, as the Syracuse Crunch beat the Senators 2-1 on Martin Luther King Day, at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The Crunch opened the scoring at 5:44 of the first period, with former Belleville Bull Remi Elie finding the net on a power play and the Crunch outshot Belleville 18-5 in the frame, with the Senators taking two more penalties after that. Belleville would answer back with a power play marker of their own 55 seconds into the second period, courtesy of Andrew Agozzino, his 10th goal of the season. That would be all the scoring until Barre-Boulet’s late winner.

Mads Sogaard stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced for Belleville, while Syracuse’s Hugo Alnefelt turned away 23 of 24 shots to earn the win and was named the game’s first star.

Fast Facts

  • With his goal, Andrew Agozzino now has points in back to back games (one goal, one assist)
  • Senators leading scorer Jake Lucchini added an assist on Monday and has registered one in back to back games, with five assists in his last six games played
  • Defenceman Michael Del Zotto also has points in back-to-back games (one goal, two assists) after notching an assist on Monday
  • Rourke Chartier led the Senators with five shots on goal. Andrew Agozzino and Jonathan Aspirot each had four shots.
  • Belleville head Syracuse without a shot for a span of 11:36, between late in the first period and the middle of the second period

Sens on Special Teams:

Power Play: 1/2 | Penalty Kill: 2/3

Sound Bytes:

Head Coach Troy Mann

“I thought we played a good hockey game. There wasn’t much room and I thought both teams did a really good job through the neutral zone. Syracuse always makes a big push here at home in the first period and certainly carried the play and had some momentum on their power play goal. But, I thought we settled in, got our legs and were the better team in the second period. The third period was back and forth, with both teams having chances and unfortunately, they got the one that counted and we just couldn’t get it to overtime.”

“Any time you can go two and two on the road you’re probably happy with it, but from our perspective and where we are in the standings, we’re trying to make some headway and get above .500, and we haven’t been able to do that. The goal was to get six-of-eight points and us back above .500, but unfortunately, even with the split, we’re still fighting to get there. There’s really not much we can do about it now, we, unfortunately, gave some points away to a team that’s right  there with us, so we’ll have to regroup and we’ve got some time now to think about it.”


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On the Schedule:

The Belleville Senators are scheduled to play the Laval Rocket next weekend, but it’s expected those games may be postponed. That would put the Sens back in action on January 28, when they host the Toronto Marlies. You can hear the game on the Senators’ Official Broadcast Partner 800 AM CJBQ or see it on AHL TV. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m with Jack Miller David Foot.