Sens Stumble at Home to Providence
For the second straight night, the second period doomed the Belleville Senators in a 7-4 loss to the Providence Bruins at CAA Arena.
Belleville's Filip Gustavsson stopped 16 shots, before Marcus Hogberg stopped four shots in relief, while Josh Norris, Logan Brown, Drake Batherson and Michael Carcone scored. Providence's Oskar Steen, Jakub Lauko, Robert Lantosi, Cameron Hughes, Peter Cehlarik, Jack Studnicka and Paul Carey had goals while Kyle Keyser stopped 21 shots in his AHL debut.
After Belleville were penalized for too many men on the ice, the visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead at 2:37 through Steen who received the puck down low and shuffled across the crease to beat Gustavsson. It was 2-0 13 seconds later as on a pass by Wiley Sherman from behind the net found Lauko out front who buried his second of the season.
The Senators kept their composure and finally broke the power play goose egg as Norris hammered home his first career professional goal on a one-timer at 8:43 off a Max Lajoie pass.
The power play would strike again at 10:58 as Brown grabbed his third of the campaign as he fired a shot up past Keyser to tie the game at 2-2.
Providence nearly had the lead again as Gustavsson played the puck behind the net, slipped, but somehow recovered to get back in time to deny Jack Studnicka who had. a wide open net in front of him.
For the second straight night though, the game fell apart for the Sens in the middle stanza as the Bruins scored three times. Lantosi restored the Providence lead 2:05 into the period as after Gustavsson poke-checked the puck off of a faceoff, Lantosi wacked the puck home for his first.
It was 4-2 at 10:22 as Hughes also buried his first of the campaign before Cehlarik ended Gustavsson's night on a partial breakaway with 3:58 left in the frame.
The Bruins made it 6-2 through Studnicka with a re-direct in front 1:26 into the third but Batherson got that goal back with the Sens' third power play goal of the night on a neat backhander in-close. The Sens cut the deficit to 6-4 with another power play goal as Carcone wired a slap shot past Keyser with 12:39 to play that saw Max Veronneau grab an assist, his first AHL point.
Former Sens forward Carey made it 7-4 Providence with 3:45 left on a big deflection out front.
The Senators hit the ice again Wednesday when they host the Laval Rocket for the first time this season. Tickets are available.
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