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Game Day Build-Up: Senators look to spook Phantoms to end road trip

March 11, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Mar.11/23 @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers)

The Set-Up:

With three points in the bag so far, the Belleville Senators will look to conclude this week’s three-game road swing on a winning note, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight, at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Sens are coming off a hard-fought overtime loss to the Comets in Utica, as they continue to push for a playoff spot in the North Division. The Phantoms are also in a playoff battle, but more so for positioning, as they sit in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic, following a decisive win on the road against their in-state rivals from Wilkes-Barre last night.

Previous History:

Tonight’s game rounds out the two-game season series between the Sens and Phantoms, with Belleville looking to sweep both matchups, after a 3-2 win back at CAA Arena on November 4. Lifetime against the Phantoms, the Senators are 6-3-0-0 and 2-2-0-0 at PPL Center.

Roster Notes:

Interim Head Coach David Bell will make two changes to his lineup tonight, as Kyle Betts returns from a dozen, or so, games off due to injury and Graham McPhee makes his Sens debut, after being acquired from the Bakersfield Condors this week. Ryan Bednard will make his on-ice debut in net for Belleville after signing a professional tryout and backing up Luke Richardson on Friday night. Richardson will be on the bench tonight. Newly-acquired defenceman Dylan Blujus will get another night off as a healthy scratch, as will Matt Boucher and Matt Wedman.

Injury Report:

# Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Notes
7 Viktor Lodin LW Feb.18/23 vs LAV 9 Upper Body
10 Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC 40 Shoulder
14 Rourke Chartier C Feb.2/23 vs ROC 15 Lower Body
26 Brennan Saulnier C Feb.20/23 vs LAV 8 Upper Body
35 Antoine Bibeau G Feb.20/23 vs LAV 8
49 Scott Sabourin RW Feb.17/23 vs LAV 10 Lower Body
50 Dylan Ferguson G March.8/23 @ LAV 1

Who to Watch:

Leading goal scorer Angus Crookshank tacked on his 22nd of the year in Utica on Friday night, stretching his current point streak to four games (three goals, three assists). Jake Lucchini (two goals, two assists), Lassi Thomson (three goals, one assist) and Roby Jarventie (one goal, one assist) all have points in back-to-back games on the road trip, while Egor Sokolov also scored for the Sens on Friday to earn his 50th point of the season.

There are no Phantoms on significant point streaks entering tonight’s game, however Max Williman (one goal, two assists), Adam Brooks (two goals, three assists), and Cooper Marody (two goals, two assists) all have points in back-to-back games.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game can be seen on AHL TV, or heard live on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage from PPL Center, begins at 7p.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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