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Game Day Build-Up: Senators begin new Battle of Ontario with double-dip against Marlies

October 27, 2023

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
Oct.27/23 vs Toronto Marlies (NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Set-Up:

A four-game homestand continues for the Belleville Senators tonight as they begin a back-to-back set with the Toronto Marlies, kicking off the 2023-24 AHL Battle of Ontario. The Sens are looking to bounce back from their first home loss of the season Wednesday, falling 4-1 to Milwaukee, and will hope to pick up some important early-season points against their provincial rivals. The Marlies also played Milwaukee in their last game, but with a better result than Belleville, earning a 3-2 win. That victory was Toronto’s second in a row, to finish off a season opening five-game homestand with a 3-1-1-0 record.

Previous History:

The Sens and Marlies have met 66 times over their very close lifetime series. Belleville has a slight advantage at 32-29-2-3 but are looking to improve their home record against Toronto, which sits at 13-17-0-2. Last season, the Senators skated to a 4-7-0-1 record against their provincial foes.

Roster Notes:

There haven’t been any new transactions between Ottawa and Belleville since Wednesday’s matchup with Milwaukee, but that could change. Ottawa defender Erik Brannstrom was injured in their game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night, so there’s a chance that another blueliner could be recalled to help support the NHL parent club. Full lineup information for tonight’s contest will be available prior to puck drop.

Who to Watch:

Rookie defenceman Tyler Kleven is the only Senator with points in consecutive games, or better. The 25-year-old from Fargo, North Dakota has assists in back-to-back games, as he finds his legs in the American Hockey League. Egor Sokolov had an assist on Wednesday against Milwaukee and has been buzzing offensively, despite only finding the back of the net once so far this season. The Sens all-time leading point-getter has registered six shots in each of his last two games.

The Marlies have two players riding four-game point streaks into tonight’s contest. Joseph Blandisi has six points (two goals, four assists) over that span, while Max Ellis has notched an assist in each of his last four games. Toronto’s lineup also boasts four players with points in back-to-back games, including Nick Abruzzese, Kyle Clifford, Alex Steeves, and Ryan Tverberg.

At the rink:

Tonight is Loyalist College Student and Alumni Night, as the Senators and Loyalist celebrate their partnership. Loyalist College students and alumni are eligible for a special ticket rate, with a link to purchase being circulated by the college. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to check out the “Loyalist Student Showcase”, featuring information and interactive displays from various Loyalist College programs. The “Loyalist Student Showcase” will be located around the CAA Arena concourse and will run until the end of the second intermission.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game can seen on AHL TV and heard on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. pregame coverage from CAA Arena in Belleville, Ontario, begins at 6:45 p.m. (ET) with David Foot and Tim Durkin.

Ticket info:

Tickets for all Belleville Sens home games through January 20, 2024, are now on sale online via the Belleville Sens Ticket Hub, or by emailing Tickets for the second half of the season will be available for purchase beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday November 20, 2023, with information on hours for the Belleville Sens Box Office at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, to be released later.

Fans looking to buy second half tickets can secure those seats now, by purchasing season seat membershipsflex packsgroup experiences or Business Elite memberships. Further information on the Belleville Sens promotional schedule, special events and more, are set to be released in the coming weeks.

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

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