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Game Day Build-Up: Belleville Sens mark Military Appreciation Night at home to Rochester

November 12, 2022

Nov.12/22 vs Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Senators wrap up their divisional back-to-back weekend tonight, as they welcome the Rochester Americans to CAA Arena, on Military Appreciation Night. Despite Jake Lucchini scoring early in the first period in Syracuse last night, the Crunch pushed back to score four unanswered goals, leading to a 4-2 Senators loss. Ridly Greig scored Belleville’s second goal for his first of the season. The Amerks also played last night, falling 6-5 in an OT thriller at home, to the Cleveland Monsters. Filip Cederqvist paced the Rochester offence with a pair of goals and an assist, while Aleksandr Kisakov and Mitch Eliot each had a goal and an assist. As part of the Military Appreciation Night festivities, there will be a pregame ceremony to honour those who have served our country and continue to do so, with the first 2,500 fans receiving a free Belleville Sens dog tag necklace.

Previous History:

This will be the second-of-six meetings this season between Belleville and Rochester, with the Amerks holding a 1-0 lead in the season series, following their 4-3 overtime win against the Senators at Blue Cross Arena on October 19. Lifetime against Rochester, Belleville has a 14-9-4-0 record, with a 5-5-3-0 record against the Amerks at CAA Arena.

Roster Notes:

Just past the 10-game mark of the season and the injury troubles aren’t getting any better for the Senators. Goaltender Mads Søgaard is being added to the injured list again after getting clipped by a Syracuse player rounding the net, on Friday night, and leaving the game late in the first period. The early prognosis on Søgaard is that he’s out day-to-day and won’t play tonight. Belleville’s other injured players include forward Roby Jarventie (week-to-week), defender Jonathan Aspirot (week-to-week), forward Jayce Hawryluk (week-to-week), forward Viktor Lodin (day-to-day), goaltender Kevin Mandolese (day-to-day) and forward Cory Conacher (timeline TBD). Forward Philippe Daoust returned to Belleville’s lineup last night, after missing seven games due to injury and goaltender Antoine Bibeau returned as well, playing just under 42 minutes in relief of Søgaard and stopping 23 of 27 shots against. With the injury troubles in the crease again, the Sens have recalled goaltender Logan Flodell from the Allen Americans (ECHL). Xavier Bernard is the only healthy scratch again, with only a minor shuffling of the lines by Head Coach Troy Mann.

Who to Watch:

Senators forward Angus Crookshank seems to be coming on offensively, after notching a couple of assists last night. The 23-year-old from North Vancouver, BC missed all of last season due to injury, but has five points (two goals, three assists) over his last four games. He’ll play on a line again tonight with Ridly Greig and Egor Sokolov.

Another fifth-round NHL draft pick has also been turning heads on the Amerks’ side, with Filip Cederqvist scoring twice and adding an assist in the loss to Cleveland last night. putting up. The 22-year-old from Skara, Sweden has six points (two goals, four assists) over his first 12-games in North America, after spending the last four seasons playing professionally back home in Sweden. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 49 games with Djurgårdens IF in 2021-22.

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 and Joel Vanderlaan.

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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