Paul Beats Laval in Overtime
Nick Paul buried the overtime winner as the Belleville Senators pushed its point streak to 13 games with a 4-3 win over Laval Monday at CAA Arena.
Belleville's Marcus Hogberg made 21 saves while Jack Rodewald, Erik Burgdoerfer Nick Paul found the back of the net in regulation. Laval's Michael Chaput (2) and Hayden Verbeek scored and Charlie Lindgren stopped 23 shots.
Paul scored the overtime winner, his second goal of the game, at 3:27 of the extra frame to give Belleville the extra point and push the record to 9-0-0-4 over the 13-game point streak.
Laval struck first 4:27 into the game as Alex Alain whiffed on his initial shot from the left slot but Chaput was right behind him to fire a loose puck up high past Hogberg for eighth of the season.
After Belleville couldn't capitalize on the power play, they found themselves on the penalty kill as Joseph LaBate took a seat and that was when the Senators struck.
Rodewald buried his second short-handed goal of the season with 34.4 seconds left in the period as he came down the right wing, out-muscled Laval's Xavier Ouellet and found a hole between the post and his blocker to score his 17th of the season.
The Senators made it two shorty's as Burgdoerfer scored his fifth of the season as he took Chase Balisy's pass from the right boards and beat Lindgren with a backhander five-hole with 6.4 seconds left on the clock.
Laval had the only goals of the second period and it gave them a 3-2 lead after 40. Verbeek scored his first pro goal as he crashed the net to bury a rebound after Hogberg had stopped Michael Pezzetta's initial shot before Chaput got some payback on Belleville by scoring short-handed at 16:27 to give the visitors the lead.
The Senators made sure they secured a point in its 13th straight game as with Hogberg pulled, Paul bagged his seventh of the season with 2:02 to play with a fantastic backhander that soared over Lindgren's right shoulder.
Balisy recorded his 100th career AHL assist in the game while the Sens' two short-handed goals was the first time in franchise history they had accomplished that.
Belleville is back in action on Friday when they visit the Binghamton Devils. The Senators are back home on March 1 when they host Manitoba for the first time this season. Tickets are available.
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