Manitoba Moose Weekly: March 18
Wednesday, March 13: Texas 3 at Moose 4
A wild second period saw Cam Maclise give the Moose the lead before the Stars struck back to take a 2-1 edge. Marko Dano's power play goal got Manitoba back even, and Cameron Schilling scored with 13 seconds left in the period to put the Moose in front 3-2. Texas tied the game with nine minutes to go, but Felix Girard's tally with 5:39 left gave the Moose the win.
Friday, March 15: Texas 5 at Moose 4 OT
Friday's rematch saw the Stars jump out to a 3-1 and then 4-1 lead. The Moose didn't go away, though, and got goals from Mason Appleton, Marko Dano, and Jimmy Oligny in a span of 4:56 to tie the game 4-4 in the third. Unfortunately for the home side, Michael Mersch scored 1:56 into overtime to give Texas the win. Logan Shaw scored his 24th goal of the season in the loss.
Sunday, March 17: San Diego 4 at Moose 1
San Diego jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Despite the Moose pushing back, another comeback wasn't in the cards. Ryan White scored in the third period, but the Gulls would eventually score into an empty net to seal a 4-1 defeat for the Moose.
vs. San Diego** Tuesday, March 19 7 p.m. CT
at Colorado** Friday, March 22 8:05 p.m. CT
at Colorado* Saturday, March 23 8:05 p.m. CT
*Broadcast on moosehockey.com
**Broadcast on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com
The Moose wrap up their six-game home stand with a Tuesday matchup against the San Diego Gulls. Tickets for the teams' fourth and final meeting of the season are available at moosehockey.com/tickets. The Moose then head out on the road for their first-ever visit to Colorado to face the Eagles. Tune in to Friday's game on TSN 1290 and both games at moosehockey.com/listenlive, the Moose App and stream it live on AHLTV starting at 7:45 p.m. CT.
# PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM +/-
39 Seth Griffith 56 12 33 45 26 -12
38 Logan Shaw 57 24 17 41 32 -19
23 Michael Spacek 61 9 27 36 28 -9
34 JC Lipon 54 10 14 24 100 +8
26 Jansen Harkins 57 12 11 23 29 -8
# GOALIE RECORD GAA SV% SO
1 Eric Comrie 22-16-4 2.75 0.916 2
40 Mikhail Berdin 7-5-2 2.27 0.932 1
*On NHL roster
Vesalainen Back in the Lineup
The Moose welcomed back forward Kristian Vesalainen back into the fold this week. The Finnish winger got into game action with the club on Sunday, recording one shot on goal against San Diego. It was Vesalainen's first outing in Moose colours since Nov. 14 in Texas. Since then, the 19 year old played 31 regular season games with Jokerit in the KHL, recording 17 points (6G, 11A). He also tallied one goal in six playoff games. Prior to heading to Europe, Vesalainen posted eight points (3G, 5A) in eight games with the Moose and one assist in five games with the Jets.
'Jimmy O' On the Go
Defenceman Jimmy Oligny continues to be a productive addition to the Moose blue line. Since being acquired by the Winnipeg Jets, Oligny has nine points (2G, 7A) in 21 games. The St. Michel, Que. is currently riding a three-game point streak with four points (1G, 3A) in that span. His 0.43 points per game since joining the Moose would be tied for third among the team's defenders. Overall, Oligny's 0.27 points per game average this season is a new career high.
Moose Add Kovacevic
The Winnipeg Jets announced Sunday the team signed draft pick Johnathan Kovacevic to a two-year, entry level contract starting in 2019-20. Meanwhile, the Moose have signed the 6'4, 215 lbs defender to an amateur tryout. A third round pick, 74th overall, of the Jets in 2017, Kovacevic recorded 18 points (4G, 14A) with the Merrimack College Warriors this season and was voted the team's Most Valuable Player. The Grimsby, Ont. product was tied for seventh among Hockey East blueliners this season.
Strength of Schedule
Entering the week four points out of a playoff spot with a game in hand, the Moose are still very much in the race for the Central Division's final ticket to the post-season. Manitoba's 13 remaining games feature teams with an average of a 0.590 points percentage. That is the second-highest remaining strength of schedule in the division (Texas - 0.592), and fourth-highest in the league. Included in that schedule are two games against the division-leading Chicago Wolves (0.643) and second placed Grand Rapids Griffins (0.629).
Defenceman Cameron Schilling has four points (1G, 3A) over his past four games. The Carmel, Ind. product enters the week tied with Tucker Poolman for the lead among Moose defenders with 22 points (3G, 19A). It's the fourth straight season Schilling, who recently crossed 150 career points, has reached the 20-point mark. The veteran also leads the Moose with a plus-nine rating in 51 games this season.
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