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Playoff Game Day Build-Up: Senators and Monsters begin North Division Semi-Finals at CAA Arena

May 1, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
May.1/24 vs Cleveland Monsters (AHL Affiliate: Columbus Blue Jackets)
2024 Calder Cup Playoffs North Division Semi-Finals – Game 1 of 5 (Series Tied 0-0)

The Set-Up:

Having dipped their toes into the choppy waters that are the Calder Cup Playoffs and survived their first test, the Belleville Senators are preparing to dive deeper, as they enter the North Division Semi-Finals to try and slay the Cleveland Monsters. The Senators are coming off a thrilling three-game Battle of Ontario victory over the Toronto Marlies and looking to carry on that momentum against the regular season’s division winners from Ohio. The Monsters earned themselves more than a week off for finishing atop the division and are loaded up with reinforcements from the parent club in Columbus as they try to take the first steps towards for the franchise’s second Calder Cup and first since 2015-16.

Previous History:

Cleveland was one of Belleville’s tougher challenges in the North Division this season, with the Senators skating to a record of 1-3-0-0. Despite picking up just two of eight possible points in the regular series, the B-Sens finished just six points back of the Monsters in the North standings and have been on a steady run upwards since the club’s last met in mid-December 2023. Lifetime against the Monsters, Belleville is 12-14-0-2, with a record of 7-5-0-2 at CAA Arena.

Roster Notes:

There have been no roster changes or injuries announced by the club since last Sunday’s game three win. Full roster details were not yet available this morning. Full lineup details, including this afternoon’s alignment, will be available before puck drop via the B-Sens social media channels (@BellevilleSens).

Who to Watch:

Garrett Pilon has been one of the hottest scorers in the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs through the opening round. The first year Senator, and defending Calder Cup Champion from his time with the Hershey Bears, scored two big goals in game two to tie the game and then potted the series-winner in game three last weekend. Pilon enters the week tied for the AHL lead in playoff goals (three) and points (four) and will look to keep up that pace in the North Division Semi-Finals. Rookie forward Stephen Halliday picked up a pair of assists last Sunday, including on the game-winner.

Cleveland has a bevy of top prospects who were returned from NHL Columbus ahead of the playoffs, but it’s a veteran who tends to be the most dangerous threat, especially against Belleville. Trey Fix-Wolansky put up 60 (26 goals, 34 assists) points in 58 games in his fifth season with Cleveland. The 24-year-old from Edmonton has picked up 13 points (four goals and nine assists) in 14 career games against the Senators.

At the rink:

CAA Arena gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the duration of the B-Sens Calder Cup Playoff run and the first 3,000 fans in tonight will receive a free Calder Cup Playoffs second-round rally towel! Fans will also be able to get geared up for the playoffs with deals and discounts at The Locker Room Store including 25% off jerseys and customizations, long and short sleeve tees, hoodies, and team gear. Plus, every fan who makes a purchase either in-store or online, will receive a free Belleville Sens flag.

Ticket info:

Tickets to Belleville Sens home games in the AHL North Division Semi-Finals are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster, or at the Belleville Sens Box Office at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

Belleville Sens Box Office Hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3, 2024 – 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Belleville Sens Season Seat Members and Flex Pack holders can access playoff tickets now through their Belleville Sens Account Manager, while fans with further questions about playoff ticketing, or those looking for information on premium seating or group tickets, can also email

Details on group tickets, 2024-25 season seat memberships or 2024-25 Business Elite memberships, are available via the Belleville Sens website, or by emailing

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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