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Game Day Build-Up: Sens renew Battle of Ontario with Marlies at CAA Arena

January 18, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Jan.18/23 vs Toronto Marlies (NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Set-Up:

Needless to say, the Belleville Senators had a rough week last week, dropping decisions to the Cleveland Monsters (2-1 on Friday ) and Manitoba Moose (4-2 on Saturday), but things don’t get any easier this week as the top two teams in the AHL’s Eastern Conference come to town. The Sens host the Toronto Marlies at CAA Arena tonight and Friday before a visit from the Hershey Bears on Saturday. Angus Crookshank and Ridly Greig scored for Belleville last Saturday, with Mads Søgaard making 19 saves. Toronto is coming off a 7-5 win against the Rochester Americans last Saturday they’re fifth in a row. The Marlies also have points in 12 of their last 13 games.

Previous History:

The marathon that is the AHL’s Battle of Ontario is into its seventh game tonight, with Belleville holding a 2-4-0-0 record against Toronto so far this season. The Marlies have won the last two meetings, including a 3-2 win on Boxing Day at Scotiabank Arena and a 4-2 victory back in Belleville a couple of days later. In 60 games lifetime against Toronto, the Sens are 30-36-2-2 and 12-16-0-1 at CAA Arena.

Roster Notes:

Defenceman Jacob-Bernard Docker was recalled back to Ottawa following Saturday’s game and won’t be available to the B-Sens tonight. Jack Dougherty will stay in the lineup to take JBD’s place after returning last weekend from a few games off as a healthy scratch. The Sens are also hoping to have forward Jake Lucchini back from Ottawa tonight after the 27-year-old will was placed on NHL waivers yesterday for the purpose of returning him to the AHL. Though, he could potentially be claimed by another team and will have to clear waivers at 2:00 p.m. ET to be eligible to play tonight. Forward Brennan Saulnier is back from a six-game injury break, but Belleville does have a few more additions to the injured list, including both Mads Søgaard and Antoine Bibeau, which means Kevin Mandolese will start in goal. Emergency backup Alex Horawski will dress tonight as well.

Injury Report:

# Name Pos. Last Game Games Missed     Timeline     Notes
7 Viktor Lodin


Jan.14/23 vs MB          —   Day-to-Day      Flu

Philippe Daoust


Nov.23/22 @ UTC          19 Season Ending    Shoulder
20 Matt Wedman


Dec.31/22 @ UTC          5 Week-to-Week  Upper Body
25 Joe Carroll


Jan.14/23 vs MB          —   Day-to-Day      Wrist
33 Lassi Thomson    D Dec.21/22 vs WBS          9 Week-to-Week  Upper Body
34 Roby Jarventie  LW Oct.29/22 @ RFD          27 Week-to-Week      Knee
35 Antoine Bibeau   G Jan.14/23 vs MB          —   Day-to-Day     Hand
40 Mads Søgaard   G Jan.14/23 vs MB          —   Day-to-Day     Knee

Who to Watch:

Belleville all-star Egor Sokolov comes into the game with seven points over his last five games played and leads the team at the mid-season point in games played (36), assists (25), points (36), points per game (1.00), power play assists (15), power play points (19), shootout goals (4) and shootout percentage (4/4 or 100%). Meanwhile, fellow forward Cole Cassels is on a four-game point streak (four assists), and defender Max Guenette has three assists in his last five games.

Former Belleville captain Logan Shaw was named as Toronto’s representative to the 2023 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Bell, in Laval on February 5-6, and brings a five-game point streak into tonight (three goals, nine assists). Shaw’s 42 (13 goals, 29 assists) points also have him tied for second in the overall AHL scoring race. Rookie forward Nick Abruzzese is on a four-game point streak of his own (two goals, five assists) and sits 8th in rookie scoring with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists). Goaltender Joseph Woll is unbeaten this season, winning all nine games he’s started.

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 Joel Vanderlaan.

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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