Manitoba Moose Weekly: February 19
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Chicago 2 at Moose 4
The Moose tallied the first four goals of the contest on the way to a 4-2 victory. Jansen Harkins, Hunter Fejes, Marko Dano and Michael Spacek each struck for Manitoba while Eric Comrie held the Wolves off the board for 47:24 of the contest.
Friday, Feb. 15: Chicago 2 at Moose 3
Friday's rematch saw the Wolves jump out to a 1-0 lead, but the Moose stormed back with three of their own from Michael Spacek, Cam Maclise, and Seth Griffith. Eric Comrie was stellar again, making 38 saves on 40 shots in the 3-2 win.
Sunday, Feb. 17: Milwaukee 6 at Moose 5
The Moose saw their four-game win streak come to an end Saturday afternoon against Milwaukee. The Admirals jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Jansen Harkins and Skyler Mckenzie got the Moose back on even footing. Unfortunately for Manitoba, the visitors struck for three more goals in the second period. Undeterred, the Moose chipped away at the lead with JC Lipon and Alexis D'Aoust pulling the Moose within one. The Admirals nabbed and empty netter, and Lipon scored again, but Manitoba was unable to pull off the comeback in a 6-5 loss.
Monday, Feb. 18: Milwaukee 2 at Moose 3
The Moose closed out the homestand with a 3-2 win over the Admirals. Skyler McKenzie and Logan Shaw scored 52 seconds apart in the second period, and Shaw added another in the third. Mikhail Berdin made 29 saves as the Moose went 5-1-0-0 on the homestand and are 12-1-0-1 in their last 14 home games.
at Toronto*** Wednesday, Feb. 20 10 a.m. CT
at Laval* Friday, Feb. 22 6:30 p.m. CT
at Laval** Saturday, Feb. 23 2 p.m. CT
*Broadcast on moosehockey.com
**Broadcast on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com
***Broadcast on TSN2, TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com
The Moose begin a six-game road trip through Eastern Canada with a 10 a.m. CT puck drop against the Toronto Marlies in a game that will be broadcast nationally on TSN2. The Moose then shift their focus to a pair of games against the Laval Rocket on Saturday and Sunday. The Wednesday and Saturday outings can be heard on TSN 1290, with all three available on moosehockey.com, the Moose App, and AHLTV.
# PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM +/-
39 Seth Griffith 45 8 31 39 18 -6
38 Logan Shaw 46 22 16 38 32 -14
23 Michael Spacek 50 8 24 32 26 -9
34 JC Lipon 43 10 13 23 82 +13
26 Jansen Harkins 48 11 9 20 27 -5
# GOALIE RECORD GAA SV% SO
1 Eric Comrie 19-13-4 2.70 0.919 2
40 Mikhail Berdin 5-3-1 2.21 0.936 1
*On NHL roster
The Moose have a pair of 11 a.m. local time puck drops coming up with Wednesday's tilt against the Marlies and their rematch on Feb. 27. The games are the second and third early starts for Manitoba this season following a 5-0 loss to San Antonio in a 10:30 a.m. game on Nov. 13. Since returning to Winnipeg in 2015, the Moose are 3-2-0-1 in games beginning before 12 p.m.
The Moose open a six-game road swing through Eastern Canada on Wednesday. Ontario and Quebec were good to Manitoba last season when the team won all six games it played against Belleville, Toronto and Laval on the road. The Moose outscored their North Division opponents by a 27-9 score in the six games. That could be a difficult feat to replicate this season with Toronto having won six of its last 10 games, Belleville on a 13-game point streak and Laval with points in three in a row.
Logan Shaw scored twice to lift the Moose over the Admirals on Monday, but the Glace Bay, N.S. product does most of his scoring on the road. Shaw has 13 goals in unfriendly territory this season, more tallies than any other Moose player overall. His 19 road points (13G, 6A) also lead Manitoba by six over Michael Spacek's 13 road points (1G, 12A). Of Shaw's 13 goals on the road, six have come on the power play and the veteran forward accounts for five of Manitoba's 13 road power play goals this season. (One road power play goal scored with San Diego.)
Back and Forth
The depth of the Winnipeg Jets organization has been on display in recent days as defencemen Sami Niku and Tucker Poolman both transition between the Moose and Jets. Niku suited up for the Jets in their previous outing against Ottawa, while Poolman served as the extra defenceman. After returning to Manitoba and skating with the Moose in their games against Milwaukee this weekend, Poolman was once again recalled by the Jets as the NHL club embarks on a road swing. Poolman is tied for the scoring lead among Manitoba defenders with 17 points (3G, 14A) in 30 games. The East Grand Forks, Minn. product just had an eight-game point streak come to an end against the Admirals.
Goaltender Mikhail Berdin stopped 44 of 46 shots faced in 85 minutes of action against the Admirals this weekend. Berdin turned away all 15 shots he faced on Sunday while playing 25 minutes. He then stopped 29 of 31 on Monday to earn his fifth victory of the season. The rookie netminder put together a shutout streak lasting 133:51 through his past four appearances at the AHL level before surrendering a goal 1:04 into the third period on Monday.
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