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Game Recap

Belleville Sens take season opener in Laval

October 15, 2022

For the first time in franchise history, the Belleville Senators were victorious in a season opener as they defeated the Laval Rocket 6-5 in overtime at Place Bell on Friday night.

Rourke Chartier scored the game-winning goal at 4:32 of overtime, while Jayce Hawryluk, Lassi Thomson, Kristian Rubins, Roby Jarventie and Viktor Lodin all tallied for the Senators in regulation time. Kevin Mandolese made 24 saves to record the win.

Despite allowing the opening goal of the contest at the 4;16 mark of the first period, during a sequence in which starting goalie Mads Sogaard was injured. The Belleville Senators were able to silence the crowd, evening the score a minute later to take a tie into the intermission. In the second, Belleville would strike three more times throughout the frame as they took a 4-2 lead after forty minutes of play. The Senators scored once more in the earlier portion of the third. However, the hard-working Rocket continued to fight back to force overtime.

The two teams will meet again for the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday at CAA Arena.

Sens On Special Teams: 

Power Play: 1/4 | Penalty Kill: 2/3

Fast Facts: 

  • Rourke Chartier scored his 10th career game-winning goal
  • Egor Sokolov skated in his 10oth career AHL game
  • Jayce Hawryluk and Kristians Rubins both tallied in their Belleville Sens debut.
  • Jake Lucchini and Egor Sokolov registered multi-assist games.

Sound Bytes: 

Head Coach Troy Mann: “We faced some adversity at different times through the game but managed to pull it off. I think that shows the character of our guys .”

Ticket info:

Tickets for the Belleville Sens home opener against the Laval Rocket on Saturday, October 15th, are available via Ticketmaster or at the CAA Arena Box Office.