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Game Day Build-Up: Belleville Sens look for payback in season finale with Thunderbirds

January 28, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Jan.28/23 @ Springfield Thunderbirds (NHL Affiliate: St. Louis Blues)

The Set-Up:

A three-game road trip wraps up in Springfield tonight, as the Belleville Senators look for some payback and a rare win against the Thunderbirds. Springfield used a three-goal first period to pace themselves to a 5-1 victory on Friday, despite a goal from Angus Crookshank and 23 saves from Logan Flodell in relief. Tonight, the Sens will look to play more to their identity and pry a couple of points from the T-Birds’ talons.

Previous History:

Tonight’s matchup is the final game of the four-game season series between the B-Sens and T-Birds, with Springfield holding a 3-0-0-0 advantage over Belleville. Friday’s loss dropped the Sens’ lifetime record against the Thunderbirds to 1-8-0-1 and 0-4-1-0 at MassMutual Center. Earlier in the season, Springfield won both games at CAA Arena, 5-2 on October 21, and 3-1 the following night.

Roster Notes:

Troy Mann will make two changes to the lineup from last night. Forward Matt Boucher will return, in place of Viktor Lodin, who left the game last night after blocking a shot and is scheduled for an X-ray on his foot. Meanwhile, in net, Mads Sogaard will make his first start since being injured on January 14 at home against Manitoba and will be backed up by Logan Flodell.

Injury Report:

# Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Timeline Notes


Viktor Lodin LW Jan.27/23 @ SPR TBD



Jayce Hawryluk

RW Jan.13/23 vs TOR 3 6-8 Weeks



Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC 24 Season Ending



Matt Wedman C Dec.31/22 @ UTC 10 Long Term

Lower Body


Joe Carroll LW Jan.14/23 vs MB 5 Day-to-Day



Antoine Bibeau G Jan.14/23 vs MB 5 Day-to-Day


Who to Watch:

Sens power forward Scott Sabourin continued his career year offensively with another assist last night, putting him on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist). Angus Crookshank also snapped a three-game pointless drought with a goal and two shots on net last night. Egor Sokolov went pointless in back-to-back games for the first time since October but had six shots on net.

Springfield’s Matthew Kessel (one goal, three assists), Jacob Hayhurst (two goals, two assists), and Drew Callin (one goal, three assists) all stretched their point streaks to three games last night. Keean Washkaruk scored twice for his first multi-point game of the season, and Will Bitten extended his scoring lead in the season series against Belleville, now with five points (three goals, two assists) over three games played against the Sens this season.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game can be seen on AHL TV or heard live on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. (ET) with David Foot.

Ticket info:

Tickets for all Belleville Sens home games are available via Ticketmaster or at the CAA Arena Box Office, with more information on group experiences, promotional packs and more, available on the Belleville Sens website.

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