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MATT TIDCOME

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Logan Brown scored the overtime winner as the Belleville Senators beat the Toronto Marlies 4-3 in overtime Sunday afternoon.
The Sens had goals from Drake Batherson, Darren Archibald and Adam Tambellini while Marcus Hogberg made 31 saves. Toronto’s Kasimir Kaskisuo turned aside 19 shots while Martin Marincin, Chris Mueller and Jeremy Bracco found the back of the net.
Brown buried the game-winner with a dandy of the move as he undressed a Marlies defenceman down the right wing before beating Kaskisuo high with a phenomenal finish for his 12th of the year 65 seconds into the extra period.
After a quiet opening, Belleville took a 1-0 lead on the power play as Batherson got a piece of Jordan Murray’s point shot to beat Kaskisuo with the puck barely rolling over the goal line as the Sens rookie pushed his point streak to nine games with his 16th of the season.
The Sens nearly got out of the first period with the lead but conceded with 1.4 seconds left as Murray couldn’t clear the puck out of the defensive zone and Marincin was able to beat Hogberg from the blue line to tie the game 1-1.
Belleville got its lead back at 14:06 of the second as Chase Balisy centered the puck out front from behind the net to Archibald who saw his initial shot blocked but he was able to deposit the second attempt for his second goal in a Sens jersey and for a 2-1 Belleville lead after 40 minutes.
Toronto took all of 11 seconds to tie the game in the third as Mueller got a piece of Marincin’s blast to make it 2-2 before nearly taking the lead through Andreas Borgman who hammered the crossbar from the left slot.
The Marlies took its first lead of the night wth 9:39 to play as with Tobias Lindberg in the penalty box, Bracco snuck in back door to bury his 14th of the year off of Mueller’s pass but Belleville would come back to make it 3-3 at 12:32 as Tambellini notched his 11th of the year with a nifty move out front to beat Kaskisuo up high.
With the win, Belleville goes over .500 for the first time this season with a 24-23-2-3 record.
Belleville is back in action Wednesday as they open a four-game homestand against Syracuse.
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Drake Batherson scored his first professional hat-trick as the Belleville Senators beat the Laval Rocket 6-3 at CAA Arena Saturday.
Belleville’s Filip Gustavsson made 20 saves while Stefan Elliott, Nick Paul and Filip Chlapik also scored. Michael McNiven stopped 12 shots, as did Charlie Lindgren in relief, while Alex Kile (2) and Michael Pezzetta scored.
The Senators took just 2:12 to open the scoring as on the power play Adam Tambellini’s point shot was stopped by McNiven and after a quick scramble out front, Elliott was on the doorstep to bang in his fifth of the year and fourth with Belleville.
It was 2-0 at 11:18 as after killing off a penalty, Paul used his silky hands to set-up Batherson who had a wide open net to put the puck into as he scored his 13th of the year, extending his rookie record. Laval cut the deficit in half with 1:50 left in the period as Pezzetta swatted the puck out of the air past Gustavsson.
Belleville restored its two-goal lead 1:56 into the second as Paul buried his fifth of the year as Filip Chlapik was stopped on the power play and Paul was on hand to extend the Sens lead.
Laval’s Kile made it 3-2 as he banked the puck off of Gustavsson from the side of the net at 6:56 but Batherson made it 4-2 Belleville with his second of the night as he finished off a dandy give-and-go with Brown for his second multi-goal game of the season.
Batherson made it 5-2 as he completed his first career professional hat-trick as he beat Lindgren up high with a backhander on a breakaway although Laval cut into the lead only 12 seconds later as Kile notched his second of the night at 1:38 of the third.
The Senators completed the scoring with 5:04 to play as Chlapik scored short-handed as Lindgren came out to play the puck but had it stolen by Lindberg who fed Chlapik to bury into an empty cage.
With his four points tonight, Batherson took the lead in the AHL’s rookie scoring race with 43 points.
B-SENS NOTE:
The American Hockey League announced today that Belleville Senators forward Drake Batherson has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 10, 2019.
Batherson notched six goals and added five assists for 11 points in four games for the Senators last week.
Batherson scored one goal and assisted on three others on Tuesday evening as Belleville earned a 7-6 overtime win at Toronto. He chipped in a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win at Laval on Friday, and registered the first hat trick of his pro career as part of another four-point night in a 6-3 decision over the Rocket on Saturday. Finally, Batherson extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and his point streak to nine games with a tally in Sunday’s nationally televised 4-3 overtime victory back in Toronto.
With 19 points in his last nine games, Batherson now leads all AHL rookies in scoring with 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 37 contests for Belleville this season. A fourth-round pick by Ottawa in the 2017 NHL Draft, Batherson also has three goals and five assists in 17 NHL games with the parent Senators. The 20-year-old Batherson was named the MVP of the 2019 AHL All-Star Challenge last month after scoring five goals in the tournament for the North Division, and won a gold medal with Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Batherson will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Senators home game.

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