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Appleby Backstops Moose to Shutout of Colorado

March 23, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose News Release

On Friday night, the Manitoba Moose (32-27-4-2) scored a big win in their first visit to the home of the Colorado Eagles (33-24-3-1). The Moose opened the scoring at 6:45 of the first period when back-to-back Eagles penalties allowed Manitoba's power play to find the twine. Mason Appleton scored his 11th of the season off a Kristian Vesalainen rebound, slamming it past Pavel Francouz. Penalties were the story of the first period with fights in both the opening and final minute. A total of 26 penalty minutes were handed out in the first. Ken Appleby faced only five shots in the opening frame, stopping all of them to maintain the 1-0 lead.

Appleby's biggest stop came just over four minutes into the second period, when he stoned Michael Joly on a breakaway. He would be tested with regularity in the middle frame due to three Colorado power plays. After all the penalties, Appleby helped his team double their lead. The netminder tapped a puck to Logan Stanley who made an outstanding, rink-long pass to JC Lipon. Lipon fired it top corner on Francouz at 15:52 of the middle frame. Appleby finished off the second period with 19 saves, and the Moose leading 2-0.

Appleby finished off his incredible performance with fourteen more saves in the third period. The Moose took two late penalties allowing for some time at six-on-three with Francouz out of the net. Manitoba's penalty kill stood tall, killing off their sixth penalty of the night and securing the 2-0 victory. Appleby totalled 33 saves in the shutout.

Quick Hits

JC Lipon is now third in franchise history for penalty minutes with 730.

Ken Appleby became the first Moose goalie to record a point this season.

Appleby's 33 save shutout was his first as a Moose and the first for the club on the road this season. What's Next?

The Moose and Eagles face off once again Saturday night, with Mitch Peacock and the pre-game show beginning at 7:45 p.m. CT on, the Moose App, and streaming live on AHLTV.

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