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Game Day Build-Up: Senators at Penguins – February 11, 2022

February 11, 2022

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Senators continue their three-game trip through Pennsylvania tonight with a stop in Wilkes-Barre, to take on the Penguins tonight, at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Belleville is coming off an impressive 5-0 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Tuesday, which saw five different players hit the back of the net (Zac Leslie, Andrew Agozzino, Max Guenette, Roby Jarventie, Michael Del Zotto) and Filip Gustvasson earn a 21 save shutout, to tie a franchise record for wins by a goaltender at 36. The Penguins, meanwhile, are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Americans in Rochester on Wednesday, which snapped a four-game point streak (four wins and an overtime loss). The Penguins have earned at least a point in 10 of their last 15 games.

Previous History:

A meeting of the Sens and Pens is a rare fixture on the American Hockey League schedule, as these teams have only faced each other twice, during the 2017/18 season. Belleville has yet to win against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dropping a 6-0 decision in Wilkes-Barre on January 6, 2018 and falling 6-2 back at CAA Arena, about a week later.

Roster Notes:

The Senators will roll with 11 forwards and seven defencemen again tonight, as they did on Tuesday, but there will be at least one personnel change. Mitch Hoelscher was injured in practice on Wednesday and will be replaced by either Hugo Roy, who was called up from Atlanta (ECHL), or Parker Kelly who was returned from the NHL Senators this morning. Other scratches for Belleville include Lassi Thomson (lower body), Jack Dougherty, Cody Goloubef and Tyrell Goulbourne.

Who to Watch:

A few members of the Belleville Sens are returning to Wilkes-Barre after spending time as members of the Penguins earlier in their careers. Jake Lucchini started his pro career with WBS and put up 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 68 games with the Pens between 2018 and 2020. Fellow forward Andrew Agozzino played 37 games in Wilkes-Barre during the 2019-20 season and had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists), while Senators Assistant Coach Ben Sexton finished his playing career with the Penguins and put up 10 points in 26 games, after being traded from Belleville in 2018/19.

The Penguins boast a number of highly-touted Pittsburgh prospects including Sam Poulin (1st round in 2019), Kasper Bjorkvist (2nd round in 2016) and Filip Hallander (2nd round in 2018), along with former first round picks Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Arizona) and Alexander Nylander (Buffalo).

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET and can be heard on the Belleville Sens Official Broadcast Partner 800 AM CJBQ, with David Foot (Broadcast time is 6:50 p.m.). The game can also be streamed live on AHL TV.

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