Some costly turnovers and some bad bounces made the difference for the Belleville Senators Friday night.
Belleville had a season high 40 shots, to the Rochester Americans’ 30, but ran into a hot goaltender in Linus Ullmark and lost 4-2.
The B-Sens also hit three posts in the game.
Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst tells Quinte News he thought his team played well, but a couple of individual mistakes is what cost them the win.
Hudson Fasching opened the scoring for Rochester at 9:19 of the first period, with Belleville’s Max Reinhart netting his second of the season on the power play about a minute later, banging in a rebound.
Reinhart came close later in the period again and had the crowd buzzing.
The Amerks accounted for all of the second period scoring.
Kyle Criscuolo took a shot from the near wing that found its way through Danny Taylor, then a couple of minutes later, Kevin Porter drove to the far side of the net and the puck took a bad bounce and squeaked through.
Rochester’s fourth goal came in the third period, off a bad turnover on the powerplay, when Colin Blackwell read a point-to-point pass from his own blue line and went down the ice to beat Taylor on a breakaway.
Belleville would get one back with Gabriel Gagne’s fifth of the season, another powerplay rebound.
Kleinendorst says the B-Sens’ powerplay, which has struggled most of the season, was certainly one of the bright spots.
The B-Sens also honoured members of the military on Friday, inviting them down to centre ice for a photo with the team, following the game and will hold another Remembrance Day ceremony prior to the game Saturday, against the Amerks again.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Yardmen Arena and you can get complete coverage on 800 CJBQ, which begins with the pre-game at 6:50 p.m.
You can click here for the full game summary from Friday’s loss.