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Belleville Senators Seize Game 1 Victory Over Toronto Marlies in Playoff Opener

In a high-stakes showdown to kick off their first-round playoff series, the Toronto Marlies found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline against the Belleville Senators at CAA Arena Wednesday night.

The game got off to a promising start for the Marlies, as Rifai lit the lamp just over three minutes into the first period, capitalizing on a slick play from Gaunce and Solow. However, Belleville wasted no time in responding, as Ostapchuk buried one past our netminder, with assists from Currie and Sebrango, evening the score before the period’s end.

The Senators took control in the second frame, finding the back of the net twice to extend their lead. Kleven struck early in the period, with Pilon and Guenette picking up the helpers. Then, Currie notched his second goal of the night, assisted by Ostapchuk, putting Belleville up by two.

Despite a valiant effort from our boys in blue and white, the third period remained scoreless, leaving Belleville with the 3-1 win in Game 1.

The Senators dominated the shot count, firing 38 shots on goal compared to our 18. Both teams had their chances on the power play, but neither could capitalize, with the Marlies going 0/2 and Belleville also failing to convert on two opportunities.

Hildeby stood tall between the pipes for the Marlies, making 35 saves on 38 shots faced. Meanwhile, Sogaard put in a stellar performance for the Senators, turning aside 17 of our 18 shots on goal.

With Game 1 in the books, the Marlies now turn their focus to Game 2 as they look to even the series and regain momentum. Despite the loss, there’s plenty of hockey left to be played, and our boys will be ready to battle back in front of our loyal fans.

Commentary

While Game 1 didn’t go as planned for the Marlies, there’s no reason to hit the panic button just yet. Playoff hockey is all about momentum swings and seizing opportunities, and our team has shown resilience all season long. With some adjustments and renewed determination, the Marlies have what it takes to bounce back in Game 2 and make this series a true battle to remember. Stay tuned, Marlies fans—the best is yet to come.

Ennio Sorgini

Ennio Sorgini is our Hockey Analyst, specializing in coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the sport, Sorgini provides expert analysis, player insights, and game breakdowns for both teams. For inquiries or feedback, contact Ennio at ennio.sorgini@gtaweekly.ca.

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