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Game Day Build-Up: Senators start six-game homestand as Moose make first visit to CAA Arena

January 7, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Jan.7/23 vs Manitoba Moose (NHL Affiliate: Winnipeg Jets)

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Senators are back home at CAA Arena to kick off a six-game homestand tonight and are hoping the comforts of the Friendly City will help them to extend their mini-win streak to three games. The Sens are coming off a shootout win in Syracuse last night, which followed up a victory in Rochester on Wednesday, as they welcome the Manitoba Moose for their first visit this season. The Moose also played and travelled last night after earning an overtime win in Laval and will look to stay perfect against the Sens after winning both matchups in Winnipeg last month.

Previous History:

Tonight’s matchup is the third-of-four between the Sens and Moose this season, with Belleville only able to earn one point out of two games on their trip to Winnipeg in December. The Senators suffered a 6-2 loss in the opener of their back-to-back series and then fell 3-2 in overtime in the back half. Lifetime against the Moose, the Senators are 10-10-4-0, with a 6-5-1-0 record at CAA Arena.

Roster Notes:

As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and Head Coach Troy Mann is following that mantra with his 18 skaters, making no changes on the forward lines or defence pairs. There will be a change in the crease, though, as Kevin Mandolese gets his first start since early December, following a six-game stint with the Sens ECHL affiliate, the Allen Americans. Mandolese will be backed up by Mads Sogaard, with Antoine Bibeau, Alex Breton and Jack Dougherty all healthy scratches again.

Injury Report:

# Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed Timeline Notes
8 Jayce Hawryluk RW Dec.30/22 @ ROC           3 Day-to-Day Lower Body
10 Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC           16 Season Ending Shoulder
20 Matt Wedman C Dec.31/22 @ UTC           2 Week-to-Week Upper Body
26 Brennan Saulnier LW Dec.30/22 @ ROC           3 Week-to-Week Upper Body
33 Lassi Thomson D Dec.21/22 vs WBS           6 Week-to-Week Upper Body
34 Roby Jarventie LW Oct.29/22 @ RFD           24 Week-to-Week Knee

Who to Watch:

After a solid couple of games already this week, Egor Sokolov has moved into 13th in the AHL scoring race with 33 points. His shootout goal last night also puts him in the league lead in that category with four, and he’s first in shootout percentage after going 4/4 (100%). Forward Ridly Greig and defender Jonathan Aspirot both bring four-game point streaks into tonight’s contest, with Greig notching seven points (five goals, two assists) and Aspirot four points (two goals, two assists) over that span. In net, Kevin Mandolese makes his first start in a month after posting a 4-1-0 record, with a 2.45 goals against average and .927 save percentage, in six ECHL appearances in Allen.

Manitoba Moose forward Evan Polei has points in three straight games (three goals, two assists), including a goal in Manitoba’s overtime win in Laval last night. Jeff Mallott also has three goals in two games against Belleville this season, including one game-winner, while Jansen Harkins had a goal and six shots on net last night in his return from a lengthy NHL call-up to the Winnipeg Jets.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game can be seen on AHL TV or heard live on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 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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