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Game Day Build-Up: Belleville Sens set to wrap-up road trip in Rockford

October 29, 2022

Oct.29/22 @ Rockford IceHogs

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

A busy three-game road trip wraps up tonight for the Belleville Senators, as they finish off their mid-west weekend in Rockford, against the IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks). The Senators will have to dig deep in the tank to find the energy to end the trip on a high note, after a 4-2 loss in Milwaukee last night, despite a season-high 37 saves from Mads Søgaard and goals from Rourke Chartier (fourth) and Jake Lucchini (third). Head Coach Troy Mann said he felt his team started the game well and sustained some offensive pressure, but the Admirals were able to build momentum off their power play in the first period and his club never really recovered. The IceHogs, meanwhile, picked up their first home win of 2022-23 by beating the Chicago Wolves 5-3. Rockford’s attack was paced by five points from David Gust, as he scored twice and assisted on goals by Jakub Galvas, Brett Seney and Alec Regula. Former Peterborough Petes standout Dylan Wells picked up the win stopping 24 of 27 shots.

Previous History:

Much like in Milwaukee, this will be just the third time the Senators have played the IceHogs, but the good news is that Belleville is 2-0-0-0 against Rockford in their lifetime. Belleville were 5-3 winners against Rockford on December 13, 2019 and again 3-0, on January 20, 2020 in their last visit here. Josh Norris had the game winning goal in both games, with Filip Gustavsson earning the shutout in their last meeting.

Roster Notes:

While there are thankfully no changes to the B-Sens injured list, they will be without captain Dillon Heatherington, who didn’t play last night after being called up to Ottawa. Coach Mann will shuffle the lines a bit looking for some offensive chemistry, as Belleville looks to improve on their 24 goals-for this season, which is second-best in the American Hockey League. Tyler Hinam and Zach Massicotte are the only healthy scratches, while the injured list includes forward Viktor Lodin (six-to-eight weeks, ankle sprain), Jayce Hawryluk (four-to-six weeks, wrist), Cedric Pare (one-to-two weeks, upper body) and Phil Daoust (two-to-four weeks, shoulder), along with goaltender Antoine Bibeau (one-to-two weeks, groin). The Senators also returned goaltender Logan Flodell to the ECHL’s Allen Americans, now that Mads Søgaard is healthy again.

Who to Watch:

Senators defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker has been a steady presence on the blueline early this season. The Canmore, AB native has picked up where he left off, in his sophomore season, with one assist, just four penalty minutes and a team-leading +4 rating. Even without his regular defence partner in Dillon Heatherington, the former first round draft pick (26th overall to Ottawa in 2018), continues to develop into a stalwart defender in the American Hockey League.

Rockford winger Dave Gust had five points against his former team on Friday night (two goals, three assists) to help the IceHogs to their first home win of the season, over Chicago. The 28-year-old Illinois native also spent the previous two seasons with the Wolves, registering 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 2021-22 and also winning the Clader Cup.

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 7:45 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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