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Game Day Build-Up: Senators return to CAA Arena to begin home-and-home with Toronto

April 1, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Apr.1/23 vs Toronto Marlies (NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Set-Up:

With one point collected and four more up for grabs this weekend, the Belleville Sens return home to CAA Arena tonight for a rivalry matchup with the Toronto Marlies. Despite clawing back from a pair of two-goal deficits in Syracuse last night, the Sens fell 6-5 to the Crunch in a shootout and remain in 7th place in the North Division, now chasing the Laval Rocket, who moved into 5th and have a three-point lead on Belleville. The Marlies have been struggling, despite already clinching a playoff berth, as they’ve lost six straight games, but are still sitting atop the division, 13 points clear of 2nd place Syracuse.

Previous History:

The Senators have had some struggles against their provincial rivals, skating to a 2-5-0-1 record against Toronto this season and a 1-3-0-1 mark at home. Lifetime against the Marlies, the Senators are 30-27-2-3 and 12-17-0-2 at CAA Arena. In their last meeting on January 20, 2023, the Marlies picked up a 4-3 win, despite goals from Cole Reinhardt, Egor Sokolov and Jacob Larsson, plus 27 saves from Kevin Mandolese.

Roster Notes:

Defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker was called up to Ottawa on Friday, with Zachary Massicotte replacing him last night. John Quenneville also returned after the birth of his daughter yesterday and notched an assist. He’ll likely slot in again, as the Senators continue their critical three-in-three weekend. A decision on a goaltender hasn’t yet been announced, after Dylan Ferguson was hurt last night. Full roster information will be available ahead of tonight’s game.

Who to Watch:

It was another big night last night for Senators forward Cole Cassels, who scored twice and added an assist. Jake Lucchini also found the net again, scoring his American Hockey League-leading fourth shorthanded marker of the season, to extend his point streak to four games. Blueliner Max Guenette is now on a three-game point streak (1 G + 3 A) after a pair of helpers last night, while Angus Crookshanks goal yesterday has moved him into 8th in the American Hockey League rookie points race.

Because of the Marlies’ recent slide, they have no players on significant point streaks. Former Belleville Sens captain Logan Shaw scored in Toronto’s last game Wednesday against Hershey and sits 7th in the AHL’s overall scoring race (63 points), while Nick Abruzzese sits 7th in rookie scoring with 44 points.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game can be seen on AHL TV, or heard live on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage from CAA Arena in Belleville, Ontario, begins at 6:50 p.m. (ET) with David Foot and Brock Ormond.

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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