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Game Day Build-Up: Belleville Sens look for sweet end to homestand against top-ranked Hershey Bears

January 21, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Jan.21/23 vs Hershey Bears (NHL Affiliate: Washington Capitals)

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Sens will finish up what’s been a tough six-game homestand tonight, as they welcome the top-ranked team in the AHL, the Hershey Bears. The Sens are coming off a pair of hard-fought losses to the rival Toronto Marlies, including a 4-3 defeat last night, and will look to salvage a couple of points, before hitting the road next week. The Bears, meanwhile, have earned at least a point in five straight games and 12 of their last 15 and arrived in Belleville early this morning after losing 3-2 in overtime in Laval last night.

Previous History:

This is just the ninth-ever meeting between the Belleville Sens and Hershey Bears, with Belleville holding a 3-4-0-1 record. The Senators are 1-3-0-0 lifetime against Hershey at CAA Arena and split the 2021-22 season series 1-1-0-1.

Roster Notes:

Troy Mann will shuffle his lines a bit tonight but will only make one change. Brennan Saulnier will draw back in for Jayce Hawryluk, after being a healthy scratch last night. Hawryluk blocked a shot midway through the game and was sent for X-Rays this morning. He’s not officially on the injured list but is out for further evaluation. Kevin Mandolese will start on back-to-back nights, after stopping 27 of 31 shots yesterday. He’ll be backed up again by Alex Horawski.

Injury Report:


Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Timeline Notes


Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC


Season Ending Shoulder


Matt Wedman


Dec.31/22 @ UTC


Week-to-Week Upper Body


Joe Carroll


Jan.14/23 vs MB





Lassi Thomson


Dec.21/22 vs WBS



Upper Body

34 Roby Jarventie


Oct.29/22 @ RFD




35 Antoine Bibeau G Jan.14/23 vs MB 2 Day-to-Day


40 Mads Søgaard G Jan.14/23 vs MB 2 Day-to-Day


Who to Watch:

Cole Cassels continued his point streak last night, notching a pair of assists, stretching his run of points to six games (one goal, seven assists). Egor Sokolov had a goal last night and is up to 18th in the AHL’s overall scoring race, while defender Jacob Larsson scored his second goal of the season.

The Bears boast a veteran-laden lineup that includes high-scoring rookie Ethen Frank. The 24-year-old from Papillon, New Brunswick is on a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists), and his 29 points overall have him ranked second in the AHL’s rookie scoring race. Goaltenders Hunter Shepard and Zach Fucale are also among the league’s best, with Shepard ranked 2nd in goals against average (2.13), and Fucale ranked 12th (2.52).

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 6:45p.m. (ET) with David Foot and Brock Ormond.

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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