Manitoba Moose Weekly: February 11
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Manitoba 2 at Grand Rapids 1
Manitoba closed out a run of six straight road games with a 2-1 loss in Grand Rapids. Skyler McKenzie gave the Moose a 1-0 lead late in the second period, but the Griffins scored two power play goals in the final two minutes to stun Manitoba, 2-1 in regulation.
Saturday, Feb. 9: Texas 2 at Manitoba 3
Saturday's game saw the home side fall behind 2-0 in the second, but Skyler McKenize and Tucker Poolman scored late in the frame to tie the contest. Marko Dano struck early in the third to give the Moose their first lead and the club held on for a 3-2 victory. Eric Comrie made 30 saves in the victory.
Sunday, Feb. 10: Texas 0 at Manitoba 2
The rematch had the Moose and Stars in a scoreless draw through 40 minutes. Logan Shaw scored his 20th goal of the season less than five minutes into the third, and Seth Griffith added an empty net tally for a 2-0 win. Rookie netminder Mikhail Berdin made 34 saves for his first AHL shutout.
vs. Chicago** Wednesday, Feb. 13 7 p.m. CT
vs. Chicago** Friday, Feb. 15 7 p.m. CT
vs. Milwaukee** Sunday, Feb. 17 2 p.m. CT
vs. Milwaukee** Monday, Feb. 18 2 p.m. CT
*Broadcast on moosehockey.com
**Broadcast on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com
The Moose continue a six-game home stand with matchups against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday and Friday at Bell MTS Place in a pair of 7 p.m. contests. The team finishes the week with a couple of matinee games against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday and Monday. Sunday's matchup is Follow Your Dreams Day as the Moose will celebrate Indigenous culture and host 500 youth from Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba. To close out the long weekend, the Moose finish their homestand with Super Hero Day against the Admirals, featuring a Moose branded luggage tag giveaway and the chance to win a trip to Universal Studios Florida. Tickets for all four games are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.
# PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM +/-
39 Seth Griffith 41 7 28 35 18 -4
38 Logan Shaw 42 20 14 34 28 -14
23 Michael Spacek 46 6 21 27 24 -9
34 JC Lipon 39 8 11 19 71 +8
27 Mason Appleton* 19 8 10 18 8 +1
# GOALIE RECORD GAA SV% SO
1 Eric Comrie 17-13-4 2.64 0.922 2
40 Mikhail Berdin 4-2-1 2.37 0.932 1
*On NHL roster
Closing the Door
Goaltender Mikhail Berdin was reassigned from the ECHL to the Moose this week and made his first start with Manitoba since Dec. 15. The rookie netminder made 34 saves in Sunday's 2-0 win over Texas for his first AHL shutout, in just his seventh start in the league. It was the third time this season the Moose have held a team scoreless, with Eric Comrie earning the two prior shutouts. Through seven AHL outings, Berdin has a 4-2-1 record to go with a 2.37 goals-against average and a 0.932 save percentage. His numbers with the Jacksonville Icemen have been strong as well, posting a 16-8-2 record alongside a 2.66 goals-against average and a 0.912 save percentage.
Logan Shaw's game-winning goal on Sunday was his 20th tally of the season in his 42nd game. Shaw is the first player on the Moose roster to reach the 20-goal plateau, and is tied for 17th among AHL goal-scorers. The 2018-19 campaign has been a breakout season for Shaw, whose previous career high in goals was 13 markers in 69 games in 2014-15. The 2019 AHL All-Star is the fifth player to record at least 20 goals for the Moose since the team's return to Winnipeg in 2015. Buddy Robinson and Kyle Connor have scored 25 goals in each of the past two seasons respectively.
With two victories over the Stars this weekend, the Moose have six straight home wins. That run is tied for the longest active streak in the league, and is three shy of the franchise record for consecutive home victories. The 2007-08 and 2000-01 editions of the Moose both won nine straight home games. The club also holds a 10-game home point streak, featuring a 9-0-0-1 record. The run is the third-longest active home points streak in the AHL this season and fifth-longest overall. The streak is three games shy of the franchise record set last season during a 13-game stretch from Oct. 15, 2017 - Dec. 22, 2017.
Eric Comrie played the 2,000th minute of his season in Saturday's win over Texas. It's the fourth straight season Comrie has reached the mark, and the Edmonton, Alta. native is on pace to surpass his career high of 2920 minutes set in 2016-17. Comrie's 2,026 minutes so far this season leads the AHL, and puts him 62 minutes clear of his closest competition. The former second round pick has a 17-13-4 record, supported by a 2.64 GAA (14th - AHL), 0.922 SV% (2nd - AHL) and two shutouts.
Hundred for Harkins
Forward Jansen Harkins played his 100th career AHL game on Sunday. Harkins picked up his first professional point, an assist, in his debut with the Moose on April 5, 2016 against Milwaukee. Since then, Harkins has recorded 36 points (14G, 22A) in his 100 AHL appearances. The North Vancouver, B.C. native is currently second on the Moose with nine goals. His 16 points (9G, 7A) this season are a career high, and rank sixth on the Moose.
Tucker Poolman continues to produce from the back-end, pushing his point streak to five games over the weekend. Poolman has six points (1G, 5A) during the run that has him sitting second among Manitoba defenders with 14 points (3G, 11A) on the season. The East Grand Forks, Minn. product has career highs across the board, including goals, assists, games played, and plus/minus.
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