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Game Day Build-Up: Senators finish Upstate New York swing with stop in Syracuse

January 6, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Jan.6/23 @ Syracuse Crunch (NHL Affiliate: Tampa Bay Lightning)

The Set-Up:

A couple of days after an emphatic win over the Americans in Rochester, the Belleville Senators will wrap up their four-game Upstate New York swing tonight in Syracuse tonight with some important mid-season points on the line. Belleville’s win on Wednesday snapped a season-long four-game losing streak and sets the Sens up to leapfrog the Crunch and finish the road trip in fourth place in the AHL’s north division standings. Syracuse, meanwhile, will be well-rested after having close to a week off following a pair of losses to Laval and will try to protect home ice, where they are 8-4-2-0 on the season.

Previous History:

This is the fourth time the Sens and Crunch will face off in their six-game season series, with Syracuse holding the advantage so far. Belleville is 1-2-0-0 against the crunch, with a 4-2 loss in Syracuse on November 11, a 5-4 loss at home on November 19, and a 6-4 home win on December 2 in their last meeting. Lifetime against the Crunch, the Sens are 11-15-2-1 and 2-9-2-1 at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

Roster Notes:

Troy Mann won’t make any changes to his roster after Wednesday’s victory. The top line of Egor Sokolov, Viktor Lodin and Ridly Greig will stay together again after combining for nine points against the Amerks. Mads Søgaard will start in goal again, backed up by Kevin Mandolese, while Antoine Bibeau, Alex Breton and Jack Dougherty are all healthy scratches.

Injury Report:

# Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Timeline Notes
8 Jayce Hawryluk RW Dec.30/22 @ ROC          2 Day-to-Day Lower Body
10 Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC          15 Season Ending Shoulder
19 Cory Conacher RW Nov.5/22 vs TOR          21 Indefinite Undisclosed
20 Matt Wedman C Dec.31/22 @ UTC          1
26 Brennan Saulnier LW Dec.30/22 @ ROC          2 Week-to-Week Upper Body
33 Lassi Thomson D Dec.21/22 vs WBS          5 Week-to-Week Upper Body
34 Roby Jarventie LW Oct.29/22 @ RFD          23 Week-to-Week Knee

Who to Watch:

As mentioned, the line of Egor Sokolov (three goals, one assist), Viktor Lodin (three assists) and Ridly Greig (one goal, one assist), combined for nine points on Wednesday and paced the Belleville attack. Greig is now on a three-game point streak (five goals, one assist) and has jumped into 15th in the AHL’s rookie scoring race. Sokolov is moved into 14th in the league’s overall points battle, while Lodin is tied for second with Greig in rookie shooting percentage, as both players have scored at a 22.2% efficiency. Defender Jonathan Aspirot is also on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist) after scoring again on Wednesday.

Syracuse has lost back-to-back games after a four-game win streak and because of that, doesn’t have any players on significant point streaks. Former Wellington Dukes defender Declan Carlile does have points in back-to-back games (one goal, one assist), as does Daniel Walcott (two assists). Defenceman Darren Raddysh comes into the game sitting seventh in overall scoring in the AHL (35 points) and third in assists (26), and is also second in defensive scoring, goals and assists 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 6:45p.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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