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Game Day Build-Up: Senators look to earn split in Manitoba rematch

December 18, 2022

Dec.18/22 @ Manitoba Moose (NHL Affiliate: Winnipeg Jets)

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

After yesterday’s loss in Winnipeg the Belleville Sens goal of being above .500 before the holiday break is out of reach, but that doesn’t mean the Sens can still get their record even before Christmas with two games to go, including another at Canada Life Centre today. Saturday’s game saw Manitoba score five times unanswered to open a significant lead, that Belleville wasn’t able to overcome, despite outshooting the Moose 38-26. Today, the Sens will look for a better start and a better result, as they get another shot at the Moose, before heading back home to take on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this coming Wednesday.

Previous History:

With Saturday’s loss, the Sens lifetime record against Manitoba drops to an even 10-10-3-0, and 4-5-2-0 at Canada Life Centre. Brennan Saulnier and Ridly Greig scored for Belleville on Saturday, while Cole Maier, Daniel Torgersson, Leon Gawanke, Evan Polei and Jeff Mallott (2) all counted for Manitoba. Manitoba’s Alex Limoges and Declan Chisholm each finished with three assists, while Arvid Holm made 36 saves on 38 shots in the Moose net. Both Mads Sogaard (9 saves on 13 shots) and Antione Bibeau (11 saves on 13 shots) saw action for Belleville.

Roster Notes:

The Senators will make one change to the forward group, after Scott Sabourin was called up for Ottawa’s game in Minnesota this afternoon, which means Joe Carroll will draw in. Carroll signed a PTO with Belleville on Friday and will make his first appearance of the season after playing three games for the club during the 2020-21 season, played out of Ottawa. Head Coach Troy Mann won’t make any changes on the back-end, with Mads Sogaard slated to start in goal again, after being pulled early in the second period yesterday. Along with Sabourin, Dillon Heatherington, Jake Lucchini and Rourke Chartier all remain in the NHL, while Nick Albano and Xavier Bernard are healthy scratches.

Injury Report:

No. Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Timeline Notes
7 Viktor Lodin LW Dec.7/22 @ TOR 3 Week-to-Week Upper Body
10 Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTI 9 Season Ending Shoulder
19 Cory Conacher RW Nov.5/22 vs TOR 15 Indefinite Undisclosed
34 Roby Jarventie LW Oct.29/22 @ RFD 16 Week-to-week Knee
48 Jonathan Aspirot D Offseason Surgery 25 Week-to-week Shoulder

Who to Watch:

Senators forward Ridly Greig scored yesterday and had three shots on goal. The rookie has been making a more consistent push to find the back of the net, notching seven shots over his last two games. Forward Matt Wedman had an assists and was a +1 in his first game back after four off, while Cole Reinhardt had three shots on goal. Max Guenette’s assist yesterday gives him points in back-to-back games (three assists) and five assists over his last five games.

After scoring twice yesterday and adding six shots on goal, Moose forward Jeff Mallott continues to stand out. He brings a three-game point streak (four goals, one assist) into this afternoon’s rematch. Daniel Torgersson also scored, with six shots on goal yesterday, while Dominic Toninato extended his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist).

Follow the action:

Today’s game can be seen on AHL TV, or heard live on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage starts at 2:45 p.m. (ET) with David Foot and Ross Levitan.

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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