Manitoba Moose Weekly
DOWN THE STRETCH:
As of this coming Friday there will be 30 days remaining in the Moose regular season schedule. During that time the team will play 14 games in total, with eight of those taking place at the MTS Centre. 12 of those games will be played as two-game sets and each of the last eight opponents they will see, will be their final matches against those opponents this season.
RETURN OF THE CAPTAIN:
John Albert returned to the Moose lineup this week after missing four games due to a lower body injury. In his return game on Friday night in Grand Rapids he recorded an assist. The Cleveland, OH native was playing his best hockey of the season prior to his recent injury. In 13 games during the month of February he had six goals and five assists for 11 points so the Captain will be looking to pick up where he left off.
After picking up his first career point with an assist in his first career AHL game last Wednesday against Iowa, Dan DeSalvo recorded his first career AHL goal in his second game on Friday in Grand Rapids. He then wrapped up the week with another assist against the Griffins on Saturday to give him three points in his first three AHL games. He was the Tulsa Oilers (ECHL) leading scorer at the time of being signed to a professional tryout agreement by the Moose.
Rookie forward Axel Blomqvist recorded his first career AHL goal this past Saturday against Grand Rapids. Blomqvist has shown great strides in his game after spending time with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL. While with Tulsa this season he has also scored five goals.
A pair of Moose players made their way up to the Winnipeg Jets lineup this past week. Forward Scott Kosmachuk was recalled by the Jets on Mar. 8 and made his NHL debut that night at the MTS Centre. He then recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Mar. 12. Defenceman Julian Melchiori also made the jump up to the Jets. The veteran of the Moose has been one of the team's most consistent players this season. The Moose had plenty of moves of their own signing forwards Brant Harris (Florida), Darik Angeli (Manchester), and Dan DeSavlo (Tulsa) from the ECHL. The Moose also re-assigned forward Ben Walker to Tulsa of the ECHL and had defenceman Jake Baker return to play a couple of games from Quad City (ECHL).
MOOSE RUN INTO HOT TEAMS
The Moose had a busy stretch this past week with a pair of home games against Iowa followed by a road trip to Grand Rapids that saw the team play four times in six nights.
Monday, Mar. 7, 2016: Manitoba 1 vs. Iowa 2
It was yet another game decided by one goal in the season series between the Moose and Wild. Iowa had goals from Marc Hagel and Guillaume Gelinas before Patrice Cormier scored to pull the Moose within one late but it wasn't enough. Eric Comrie made 27 saves in the game. (Full game recap)
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016: Manitoba 2 vs. Iowa 4
The Moose tried to rally back from a four goal deficit by scoring two third period goals by Patrice Cormier and Nic Petan but came up short. The two teams will face each other twice more in Iowa to wrap up the season series later this month. (Full game recap)
Friday, Mar. 11, 2016: Manitoba 2 vs. Grand Rapids 7
Manitoba ran into the hottest team in the AHL in the Grand Rapids Griffins to wrap up their week. Former Winnipeg Jets forward Eric Tangradi had a career high five points with two goals and three assists in the game. Manitoba had goals from Chase De Leo and Dan DeSalvo. (Full game recap)
Saturday, Mar. 12, 2016: Manitoba 1 vs. Grand Rapids 5
The Moose tried what they could but the Griffins extended their win streak to an impressive ten games. Axel Blomqvist had the lone goal for the Moose in the game, the first of his AHL career. Eric Comrie made 26 saves in the game for Manitoba. (Full game recap)
Mar. 18 & 19
The Moose travel to Cleveland to face some more stiff competition in their Central Division rivals, the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday and Saturday. These will be the final two meetings between the teams this season.
Moose forward Patrice Cormier had yet another solid week for the Moose registering a point in three out of the four games. In his last ten games, the Moncton, NB native has scored four goals and three assists for seven points. The five-year veteran of the team plays in all situations for the Moose and displays excellent leadership for the young players around him.
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