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Game Day Build-Up: Senators welcome Comets for rematch on Women in Hockey Night

February 10, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
Feb.10/24 vs Utica Comets (NHL Affiliate: New Jersey Devils)

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Senators (20-18-2-3) continue a four-game homestand tonight as they look for some payback against the Utica Comets (19-17-4-3). The Senators put 30 shots on the Comets net on Friday, but Isaac Poulter was a difference maker, out-dueling Belleville’s Mads Sogaard who allowed just one goal on 30 shots at the other end of the rink. Despite their four-day break, the Sens did have some jump at times and seemed buoyed by the addition of Rourke Chartier from the NHL, along with Matt Highmore who returned from illness. They’ll be looking to keep that energy going and push a few more pucks across the line in their rematch with the Comets tonight at CAA Arena.

Previous History:

After last night’s loss, Belleville’s record against Utica falls to 2-1-0-0 on the season and 0-1-0-0 at home. The Senators now have an even lifetime record against the Comets, skating to a mark of 15-15-3-0 and 8-8-1-0 on home ice. Tonight’s game marks the midway point of the eight-game season series between Belleville and Utica.

Roster Notes:

It was another transaction-free day for the Senators, though Head Coach Dave Bell may make some lineup changes from Friday, with plenty of healthy bodies to choose from. Coach Bell did provide an injury update on three players yesterday saying forward Phil Daoust is back in Belleville rehabbing from shoulder surgery but has no timeline for return. He added that forward Cole Reinhardt is still a few weeks out, while forward Roby Jarventie won’t play again this season, after having knee surgery last week. Full lineup details, including tonight’s alignment, will be available before puck drop.

Who to Watch:

Despite not finding the scoresheet, Sens forward Rourke Chartier slotted back in nicely with the AHL club, after playing 34 games for the Ottawa Senators this season. He played on a line with Angus Crookshank and Garrett Pilon last night, registering four shots on goal. If Belleville’s looking for offense from some more unconventional spots tonight, consider captain Dillon Heatherington, who has scored two of his three goals this season against the Comets.

Former first-round draft pick (29th overall in 2021) Chase Stillman had the game-winning goal for Utica last night. It was his seventh of the season and third against Belleville in three games. The former Peterborough Petes star had a game-high five shots on goal last night as well.

At the rink:

It’s Women in Hockey Night at CAA Arena as we celebrate and amplify the voices of women in the world of hockey, who have made significant contributions to the sport. The evening will begin with a pregame speaker’s panel featuring special guests like Ottawa Senators COO Erin Crowe, American Hockey League VP of Hockey Operations Hayley Moore, Belleville Sens Sr VP of Business Operations Breanne Matthews, Belleville native Jackie Jarrell, who works with National Hockey League on strength and conditioning, and Belleville native Hanna Bunton, a retired pro player and current coach. Members of the panel will also take part in our ceremonial puck drop and intermission signing station, while we also showcase the achievements accomplishments of women in hockey throughout the night.

Ticket info:

Tickets for all Belleville Sens home games for the remainder of the 2023-24 season are now on sale online, via Ticketmaster or the Belleville Sens Ticket Hub, 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:

Today’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and can be seen on AHL TV and heard on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage from CAA Arena, in Belleville, Ontario, begins at 6:50 p.m. (ET) with David Foot and Brock Ormond.

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

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