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Game Day Build-Up: David Bell takes over behind Belleville bench as Sens host Amerks

February 4, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Feb.4/23 @ Rochester Americans (NHL Affiliate: Buffalo Sabres)

The Set-Up:

The American Hockey League’s All-Star Break is just about upon us and while the first half of the season is about to come to an end, the Belleville Sens are set to start a new era. David Bell takes the reigns as head coach following the surprise dismissal of Troy Mann after Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Rochester, with the former assistant now tasked with leading a charge back up the North Division standings. That mission starts tonight as the Amerks visit CAA Arena again for the sixth meeting of their eight-game season series. The Senators will also celebrate Indigenous Communities Night tonight, featuring a special pregame ceremony, intermission activations and a local Indigenous vendors market.

Previous History:

With Wednesday’s win, Belleville takes a 3-1-1-0 lead in the season series with Rochester. The victory improved Belleville’s all-time record against the Amerks to 17-10-4-0 and 7-5-3-0 at CAA Arena. The Sens and Amerks will see each other twice more in the 2022-23 regular season, as they tangle again at CAA Arena on March 4 and back in Rochester on April 14.

Roster Notes:

The big addition for Belleville tonight is forward John Quenneville, who signed an American Hockey League contract for the remainder of the season earlier this week. A former first-round pick (30th overall) to the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the 26-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta started the season in Sweden, where he had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) with Leksands IF. Matthew Boucher will also draw in, with Jarid Lukosevicius and Rourke Chartier both being added to the injured list after Thursday’s game. Mads Søgaard will make a second consecutive start in net, backed up by Kevin Mandolese, while Ridly Greig, Jack Dougherty, Antoine Bibeau, Kristians Rubins and Logan Flodell are healthy scratches.

Injury Report:


Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Timeline



Jayce Hawryluk RW Jan.13/23 vs TOR 4 6-8 Weeks



Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC 25 Season Ending



Rourke Chartier C Feb.2/23 vs ROC Long Term

Lower Body


Jarid Lukosevicius

RW Feb.2/23 vs ROC Day-to-Day

Lower Body


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

Lower Body


Mark Kastelic C 1 Day-to-Day


Who to Watch:

Sens forward Roby Jarventie notched his first pair of points since his 30-game injury layoff on Thursday. Jarventie scored and had a helper, giving him seven points (three goals, four assists) in 11 games played this season. His Finnish countryman Lassi Thomson also notched his first point after a 12-game injury layoff, on Thursday, with an assist on Jarventie’s goal.

For the Amerks, a pair of defenders have been chipping in offensively of late, especially Thursday. Ethan Prow had a pair of assists, while Lawrence Pilut had one helper and seven shots on goal. Up front, the young tandem of Jiri Kulich and Isaak Rosen continues to be impactful, with both rookie forwards scoring against Belleville on Thursday as well.

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 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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