Manitoba Moose Weekly: February 4
Friday, Feb. 1: Manitoba 3 at Milwaukee 2 OT
With the Moose trailing 2-1 early in the third, Logan Shaw ripped home the tying goal on the power play. That set the stage for Jansen Harkins to score the game winner, tapping in a Tucker Poolman one-timer in overtime. Felix Girard supplied Manitoba's opening goal, while Eric Comrie made 27 saves.
Saturday, Feb. 2: Manitoba 2 at Chicago 5
The Moose battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, but the Wolves went on to tally three unanswered goals and down Manitoba by a 5-2 score. Marko Dano scored on the power play and JC Lipon scored a shorthanded goal to provide the Moose tallies.
at Grand Rapids** Wednesday, Feb. 6 6 p.m. CT
vs. Texas** Saturday, Feb. 9 6 p.m. CT
vs. Texas* Sunday, Feb. 10 2 p.m. CT
*Broadcast on moosehockey.com
**Broadcast on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com
The Moose close out a run of six straight games on the road against Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Tune in to the game on TSN 1290, and both contests on moosehockey.com/listenlive and the Moose App, or stream them with AHLTV beginning 15 minutes before puck drop.
The team returns to Bell MTS Place this weekend for a pair of crucial matchups against the Texas Stars. Saturday's game is Multicultural Night at Bell MTS Place, featuring Folklorama performers and two lucky fans will win Tour Visas for the 2019 Folklorama Festival. Sunday's matchup is Polar Bear Jersey Day in support of Assiniboine Park Zoo's Polar Bear Rescue Team. The Moose will wear special edition polar bear jerseys which will be auctioned on the concourse, as well as online following the game.
# PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM +/-
39 Seth Griffith 38 6 26 32 18 -6
38 Logan Shaw 39 19 12 31 28 -16
23 Michael Spacek 43 6 21 27 24 -8
34 JC Lipon 36 8 11 19 61 +8
27 Mason Appleton* 19 8 10 18 8 +1
# GOALIE RECORD GAA SV% SO
1 Eric Comrie 16-12-4 2.68 0.921 2
35 Ken Appleby 1-5-0 4.03 0.883 0
*On NHL roster
One of the hottest sticks in the league belongs to Seth Griffith, who has climbed to the top of the Moose scoring list on the strength of an 11-game assist and point streak. Griffith has 32 points (6G, 26A) in 38 games this season, which gives him a one point edge over Logan Shaw for the team lead. The Wallaceburg, Ont. product owns the league's longest active point streak at 11 games, just one back of the season high of 12 held by three players. With assists in each of those games, Griffith has the league's longest assist streak this season, three games clear of the next-longest stretch. During the 11 games, Griffith has 15 points (1G, 14A), where his one goal was an overtime winner on Jan. 14.
JC Lipon's shorthanded goal may have been an odd one, but it went down as the gritty forward's first shorthanded tally since he scored three during the 2015-16 season. Lipon has three points (1G, 2A) in his last four games while recording a plus-one rating in each of his last three outings. The goal was Manitoba's third shorthanded goal and second in three games. Felix Girard nabbed one of the assists for his second shorthanded helper on the season. Girard's two shorthanded points lead the Moose on the campaign.
I'm Coming Home
Following Wednesday's tilt in Grand Rapids, the Moose return to Bell MTS Place for a six-game home stand. Manitoba has been nearly unbeatable on home ice since the holiday break, recording points in eight straight games and earning 15 of a possible 16 points with a 7-0-0-1 record. Overall, the Moose own a 13-8-0-1 record at home, good for a 0.614 points percentage. Strong play at home is a hallmark of the Central Division where no team has a points percentage below 0.563 in their own rink. As a collective, the Central Division has a combined 0.659 points percentage on home ice, well clear of the the Atlantic (0.622), Pacific (0.598) and North (0.595) divisions.
Since the Winnipeg Jets returned from the all-star break the NHL club has been getting plenty of contributions from players recently graduated from the Moose. In four games (3-1-0) since the break, players who suited up for Manitoba either this season or last accounted for 10 of Winnipeg's 17 goals scored, and combined for 15 points (10G, 5A). Jack Roslovic (2016-18) led the way by racking up five goals and an assist while being named the NHL's First Star of the Week. Mason Appleton, who started this season with Manitoba, picked up three points (1G, 2A) in those games, and has eight points in 26 games with the Jets this season.
Forward Felix Girard scored his first goal in Moose colours in Manitoba's 3-2 overtime win on Friday. Girard tipped a Peter Stoykewych point shot to open the scoring in the contest. He then followed it up with his team-leading second shorthanded point, an assist, on JC Lipon's shorthanded goal on Saturday. The Levis, Que. product has 10 points (1G, 9A) in 40 games this season.
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