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Game Day Build-Up: B-Sens back in Rochester aiming to collect more playoff cushion

April 12, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
Apr.12/24 @ Rochester Americans (NHL Affiliate: Buffalo Sabres)            

The Set-Up/Playoff Push:

With wins in four straight and a two-point hold on the final playoff spot in the North Division, the Belleville Senators will try to give themselves a little more breathing room on the Laval Rocket tonight, as their three-game road trip continues with a two-game set in Rochester, New York. But it won’t be an easy task for the fifth-place B-Sens, who come up against an Americans squad that has won six straight games and picked up points in 11 of their last 12, catapulting them into 2nd place. Belleville will look to rely on its ever-present grit, determination, and recent scoring touch, to pick up a couple more valuable points and deny the Amerks from clinching their spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The full playoff picture can be found via the American Hockey League’s Playoff Primer.

Previous History:

This will be the 41st all-time meeting between the B-Sens and their rivals from across Lake Ontario. Belleville holds a record of 23-11-5-1 against the Amerks over that span, including a mark of 13-5-1-0 at Blue Cross Arena. This season, the Senators are 4-1-0-1 against Rochester with two of those wins coming on the road. The two clubs will finish their eight-game season series on Saturday evening.

Roster Notes:

Once again, it’s been a transaction-free few days for the Senators, with Boko Imama, Jiri Smejkal, Angus Crookshank and Matt Highmore still with the NHL Club in Ottawa. A complete list of recent transactions can be found here. Belleville’s injured list just includes Tyler Boucher, Phil Daoust, and Roby Jarventie, who are all out long-term. Full lineup details, including tonight’s alignment, will be available prior to puck drop via the B-Sens social media channels (@BellevilleSens).

Who to Watch:

Wyatt Bongiovanni was Belleville’s late-game hero in Toronto on Wednesday night, scoring both the game-tying goal in the third period, and the overtime winner. The 24-year-old from Birmingham, Michigan, has scored four times in nine games since joining the Senators at the trade deadline. Cole Reinhardt brings a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists) into tonight’s game after assisting on Wednesday overtime winning marker, while Josh Currie who also scored Wednesday, has points in back-to-back games (one goal, one assist).

Newcomer Anton Wahlberg has been making an immediate impact for the Amerks, after joining the American Hockey League from Sweden recently. In four games with Rochester, the 18-year-old from Sweden has picked up three points (one goal, two assists), after collecting 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 43 games with Malmo in the SHL, the top hockey league in Sweden. Wahlberg also scored three times for Sweden in five games at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Ticket info:

Tickets for tonight’s game and all Belleville Sens home games for the remainder of the 2023-24 season are now on sale online, via Ticketmaster, by visiting the Belleville Sens Box Office at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, or by emailing Box Office hours are available by clicking here.

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Follow the action:

Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. (ET) and can be seen on AHL TV, or heard free on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network, with pregame coverage on both platforms begins with David Foot, at 6:55 p.m. (ET), from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.

The full 2023-24 Belleville Senators regular season schedule can be found by clicking here.

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