Skip to content

Game Day Build-Up: Sens looking to repeat success against Syracuse on home ice

February 14, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
Feb.14/24 vs Syracuse Crunch (NHL Affiliate: Tampa Bay Lightning)           

The Set-Up:

It may be Valentine’s Day but there will be no love lost between the Belleville Sens (21-18-2-3) and their opponent tonight, as they welcome the North Division-leading Syracuse Crunch (26-14-3-2) to CAA Arena. The Senators have shaken the New Year’s fog and picked up wins in three of their last four games, including a 5-4 victory over Utica last Saturday and a sweep of two games at Syracuse at the start of the month. They’ve kept themselves in the thick of the North standings and come into tonight’s game holding onto fifth place. The Crunch are 10 points clear of Belleville atop the standings and are coming off a pair of wins over Rochester last weekend, but know based on their last meetings, the surging Senators shouldn’t be counted out.

Previous History:

The Belleville Sens have prevailed through all three games of a tough season series with the Crunch so far, earning a shootout win over the Crunch at home back in November, plus sweeping the two-game set in Syracuse on February 2 and Febraury 3. Lifetime against the Crunch the Senators are now 16-15-2-2, with a record of 11-6-0-0 at CAA Arena.

Roster Notes:

The Sens have seen three players come in or out of the lineup over the past couple of days, including goaltender Kevin Mandolese and forward Zack MacEwen, who were both assigned to Belleville from the NHL Senators this week. Forward Tarun Fizer was assigned to the Club’s ECHL affiliate, the Allen Americans, today. Full lineup details, including tonight’s alignment, will be available before puck drop.

Who to Watch:

Angus Crookshank picked up another trio of points last Saturday against the Comets, registering a goal, two assists and five shots on goal. It was his second three-point game in the last two weeks, after he had a pair of goals and a helper in Grand Rapids on January 27. Garrett Pilon also had three points (two goals, one assist) in Belleville’s win over the Comets last weekend, while Oskar Pettersson scored his first career Amreican Hockey League goal.

Crunch defenceman Declan Carlile, who played a year of junior with the Wellington Dukes in 2017-18, has three assists over his last two games. He made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay in early January and has the second-best plus/minus rating on his team (+11). Meanwhile, goaltender Hugo Alnefelt has picked up at least a point in each of his last seven games (6-0-1-0), the only blemish being the overtime loss to Belleville on February 3.

At the rink:

It’s Valentine’s Day and Winning Wednesday at CAA Arena, so it’s a perfect chance to take advantage of our Date Night Pack, including a pair of tickets, one parking pass, two Molson beverages and a voucher for a large popcorn. We’ll also have a Couple’s Challenge game during one of tonight’s intermissions with gift cards up for grabs!

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.

Fans can also click the following links for more information on season seat membershipsflex packsgroup experiences or Business Elite memberships, or send an email to

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.

Visit the Belleville Sens website:
Engage with the Belleville Sens on X: @BellevilleSens
Like the Belleville Sens on Facebook:
Follow the Belleville Sens on Instagram: @BellevilleSens