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Playoff Game Day Build-Up: B-Sens and Monsters tangle in Game 4 of North Semi-Finals, with Belleville looking to extend its season

May 10, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
May.10/24 @ Cleveland Monsters (AHL Affiliate: Columbus Blue Jackets)
2024 Calder Cup Playoffs North Division Semi-Finals – Game 4 of 5 (Cleveland leads 2-1)

The Set-Up:

For the second time in these 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Belleville Senators find themselves in an elimination game and needing a win to extend their season. The difference tonight is that if Belleville comes up victorious in Cleveland in Game 4 against the Monsters, the work isn’t done, and they’ll have to extend their stay to play a fifth and deciding game here on Sunday. Despite playing about as competitive as can be, the B-Sens trail 2-1 in the series, and continue to battle through the Club’s second-ever postseason appearance, which has seen all but one game decided by just one goal. With that in mind, the group is recharged after the double overtime loss in Game 3 earlier in the week and ready to flip the script on the Monsters and force a fifth and deciding game here at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday afternoon. 

Previous History:

The Senators are behind in a series for the first time in the 2024 postseason, trailing the Monsters 2-1 in the best-of-five set, after a nail-biting 3-2 defeat in double-overtime earlier this week. Stephen Halliday and Lassi Thomson each had a pair of assists in Game 3, while Josh Currie and Donovan Sebrango scored for Belleville, and Mads Sogaard stopped 38 of 41 shots he faced. Belleville’s lifetime record in the regular season against the Monsters is 12-14-0-2 and 5-9-0-0 on the road in Cleveland.

Roster Notes:

As we get deeper into the playoffs, early roster details will be tougher to come by. Forward Zack Ostapchuk did return to the Belleville lineup on Wednesday, after missing Game 3 with a minor injury and there’s been no word yet on if there will be any changes tonight. Full lineup info will be available via the B-Sens social media channels (@BellevilleSens) before the puck drops in tonight’s game.

Who to Watch:

Two Belleville forwards bring four-game point streaks into tonight’s contest. Rookie centreman Stephen Halliday continues to turn heads putting up eight points (one goal, seven assists) over that span and sits second in AHL playoff scoring and first in rookie playoff scoring coming into tonight’s game. Josh Currie extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists) by scoring on Wednesday and is tied for fourth in AHL playoff points, with six. Garrett Pilon is also among the top scorers in this year’s Calder Cup Playoffs with five, while Jacob Larsson’s four points have him sitting tied for third among defenders in the postseason.

Two Monsters players have points in back-to-back games, as veteran forward Stefan Matteau has picked up assists in consecutive games, and sophomore standout defenceman David Jiricek has three points over his last two games, including a goal and an assist in Game 3. Forward Mikael Pyyhtia also had two points in Game 3, picking up a goal and a helper en route to Cleveland’s 3-2 double OT victory.

Ticket info:

Ticket details for the 2024 American Hockey League North Division Finals will be announced after this series concludes.

Fans looking ahead to next season can get information via the following links on, 2024-25 season seat memberships or 2024-25 Business Elite memberships, as well as via the Belleville Sens website, or by emailing

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and can be seen on AHL TV, or heard free on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. (ET), with David. Fans can also listen via TSN 1200 Radio, either in the Ottawa area or online, as they join coverage just ahead of puck drop.

About the Belleville Senators

The Belleville Senators are the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues’ Ottawa Senators and have been operating in the AHL since the 2017-18 season. The Senators play their home games out of the CAA Arena at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre and have graduated more than 60 players to the NHL since moving from Binghamton, New York.

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