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Game Day Build-Up: Senators at Phantoms – February 7, 2022

February 8, 2022

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

After picking up four of an available six points at home last week (4-3 win vs Syracuse, 4-2 loss vs Syracuse, 6-1 win vs Laval), the Belleville Senators begin a week-long trip to Pennsylvania tonight, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) tonight. The matchup is a rescheduled date from December, when Belleville’s road trip at that time was cut short due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It’s the first of two meetings between the Sens and Phantoms, with the rematch set for CAA Arena on March 26, 2022.

Previous History:

The Belleville Sens have only faced the Phantoms six times in franchise history, with an even 3-3-0-0 record and a 1-2-0-0 mark at PPL Center in Allenton, PA. The two teams haven’t played each other since January 4, 2020, when the Senators earned a 5-3 win at CAA Arena, backstopped by 28 saves from Filip Gustavsson.

Roster Notes:

There are some changes to the lineup that Belleville used in its emphatic win over Laval last Saturday night with Coach Troy Mann planning to roll with 11 forwards and seven defencemen. Mark Kastelic was called up to Ottawa on Sunday and notched his first NHL point on Monday, earning an assist on a Nick Holden goal in the parent club’s 4-1 win against New Jersey. Forward Parker Kelly was also recalled to Ottawa and will join the NHL club on Tuesday, so Belleville has brought Hugo Roy back from Atlanta (ECHL), though he won’t play tonight. Defender Lassi Thomson will be held out of the lineup due to injury, as will defender Jack Dougherty. Tyrell Goulbourne and Cody Goloubef round out the scratches for the Senators tonight.

Who to Watch:

Rourke Chartier is continuing to flourish for Belleville and is coming off a four-point night (two goals, two assists) in Belleville’s win over Laval on Saturday. Captain Logan Shaw had three points Saturday as well (one goal, two assists) and has put up four points and eight shots on goal in his last three games played. Egor Sokolov also had a goal and two assists on Saturday and has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his last 10 games.

For the Phantoms, forward Isaac Ratcliffe is on a three-game point streak, which also stretches through a call-up to the NHL parent club in Philadelphia. The Phantoms also have three players with points in back-to-back games including Jackson Cates (two assists), Wyatte Wylie (two goals, two assists), and Hayden Hodgson (three goals).

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.

Don’t forget to download the Belleville Senators app before game time and follow the Sens social media (@BellevilleSens) for updates.


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