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Senators run into Woll, lose 5-2 to Marlies

December 31, 2021

The Belleville Senators were unable to stretch their winning streak to three straight on Thursday Night at CAA Arena, falling 5-2 to the Toronto Marlies despite recording a season-high 46 shots as Marlies’ netminder Joseph Woll stole the show.

The final shot tally was just two off the Senators franchise record.

It was easy to tell that neither team had played in a couple weeks, during a back-and-forth first period that features a number of slips and falls, along with some turnovers and missed passes on both sides. The visitors would eventually open the scoring through Brett Seney at the 15:07 mark of the frame. The skilled forward intercepted an errant Belleville pass in the slot, making no mistake in beating Tyler Parks up high.

An entertaining second stanza saw Josh Ho-Sang extend the Marlies lead 28 seconds into the period, after he found himself all alone in front of the net, for a redirection. But moments later, Belleville Sens forward Scott Sabourin found the back of the net on a partial break. The big forward was sprung by defenceman Michael Del Zotto, who notched his first point for the club in his Belleville debut. A strong Senators penalty kill  could not turn the offensive scales, nearly capitalizing down a man later in the period.

Toronto would score three times in the third frame, including a rebound from Antti Suomela, an odd bounce from behind the net credited to former Senators Curtis Douglas and an empty-netter by Kyle Clifford, to secure the win. Belleville pressed hard to the final whistle as Rourke Chartier hit twine with the extra attacker on the ice, but couldn’t make up any more ground.

Fast Facts

  • Tyler Parks and Michael Del Zotto made their Belleville Senators debuts
  • Rourke Chartier scored in his return to the lineup after missing the last 20 games due to injury.
  • The Senators set a season high for shots in a game with 46, narrowly missing the franchise record of 48.

Sens on Special Teams: 

Power Play: 0/3 | Penalty Kill: 4/5

Sound Bytes:

Head Coach Troy Mann:

“Overall, I certainly thought Woll gave them a great chance to win the hockey game. If you look at the full 60 minutes, we had a number of chances that we, unfortunately, didn’t score.”


Box Score HighlightsTroy Mann Scrum

On the Schedule: 

The Belleville Senators are back in action Saturday when they visit the Toronto Marlies. You can hear the game on the Senators’ Official Broadcast Partner 800 AM CJBQ or see it on AHL TV. Coverage begins at 2:50 p.m.