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Game Day Build-Up: Sens and Marlies begin fresh edition of AHL’s Battle of Ontario

November 5, 2022

Nov.5/22 vs Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

It was a successful return home on Friday for the Belleville Senators as they used some strong special teams play to outlast the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2, at CAA Arena. Rourke Chartier scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season, one shorthanded and one on the power play, while Max Guenette tallied his first of the campaign and Mads Søgaard earned his first victory of 2022-23, making 37 saves. The Marlies, meanwhile, have won five straight games, including a 5-4 overtime win last night in Laval. Tonight’s stop in Belleville comes at the midpoint of an eight-game road trip for Toronto, which will also finish at CAA Arena, on November 18.

Previous History:

Tonight’s matchup will be the 55th meeting between the Sens and Marlies, with Belleville holding a slight advantage overall with a 28-22-2-2 record. At home, Belleville is 12-14-0-1, while the Senators are 16-8-2-1 at Coca-Cola Coliseum. It’s the first of 12 meetings between the provincial rivals for 2022-23, with the next meeting coming on November 18 in Belleville, followed by four games against eachother in December. The teams split last season’s 12-game series at an even 6-6-0-0.

Roster Notes:

Head Coach Troy Mann is icing an identical lineup to Friday, including in net, where Mads Søgaard will start on back-to-back nights for the first time this season. There’s been no change to Belleville’s injury list, with Roby Jarventie (week-to-week, knee), Viktor Lodin (week-to-week, ankle), Phil Daoust (day-to-day, shoulder), Jayce Hawryluk (week-to-week, wrist), Antoine Bibeau (day-to-day, groin) and Jonathan Aspirot (month-to-month, offseason shoulder surgery) all out injured. Cedric Pare will be a healthy scratch again tonight. It’s hoped that Daoust and Bibeau could be ready to return next week.

Who to Watch:

Rourke Chartier continues to pace Belleville’s offence, scoring twice last night, with the second being his team-leading sixth goal of the season. The Saskatoon, SK native will need to continue with his goal scoring touch and his relentless work around the net and boards, if Belleville want to find success tonight.

The Senators will also have to slow down an old friend in former captain Logan Shaw, who signed a three-year AHL deal with Toronto in the offseason. The 30-year-old from Glace Bay, NS has scored five goals in his last two games, including a hat trick and the overtime winner in Laval on Friday night, and is second in the Marlies scoring race with 12 points (six goals, six assists).

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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