Manitoba Moose Weekly
Wednesday, March 14: Manitoba 6 at Texas 3
Three defencemen (Kostalek, Gotovets, Stoykewych) scored in the opening period to get the Moose started and Manitoba cruised to a 6-3 win from there. JC Lipon led the way with three points (1G, 2A), while Chase De Leo and Brendan Lemieux each picked up a pair of assists. Forward Brett Welychka scored his first career AHL goal, playing in just his second game.
Friday, March 16: Manitoba 3 at San Antonio 2 OT
Offence was at a premium on Friday in San Antonio. The Moose trailed the Rampage 2-1 into the late stages of the game, but Mason Appleton scored the tying goal with 67 seconds left on the clock. Nic Petan needed just 54 seconds to score the overtime winner on an end-to-end rush, lifing the Moose to a 3-2 win.
Saturday, March 17: Manitoba 4 at Texas 6
Saturday's rematch with the Stars saw Manitoba fall behind 3-0 early and they were unable to claw their way back, dropping a 6-4 decision. Mason Appleton and Nic Petan notched their second straight multi-point games, while Charles-David Beaudoin scored the first AHL goal of his career.
at San Antonio* Tuesday, March 20 7 p.m. CT
vs. Stockton** Thursday, March 22 7 p.m. CT
vs. Stockton** Saturday, March 24 7 p.m. CT
**Broadcast on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com
The Moose put the wraps on their season-long seven-game road swing in San Antonio on Tuesday. Listen in to all the action on moosehockey.com/listenlive starting at 6:45 p.m. CT. The team then returns home for a pair of 7 p.m. CT games against the Stockton Heat. The first matchup goes Thursday and the week finishes up on Saturday with JC Lipon Mini Bobblehead Night. Tickets are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.
Top Of The List
Patrice Cormier's first period goal on Friday was his 190th point in a Moose/IceCaps jersey. That mark gives Cormier the most career points with the franchise as a centre. The Moncton, NB native took over top spot from Bill Bowler (1997-00), and now sits fifth in all-time Moose scoring overall. Cormier's 95 goals with the Moose/IceCaps are also the most for a centre all-time, and fourth among all skaters. The former New Jersey Devils second round pick is in the midst of a banner season with career highs in goals (21), assists (18), points (39), plus/minus (+24) and penalty minutes (113).
Defenceman Nelson Nogier played his first game of the season on Friday night. Nogier was back in the lineup after missing the first 62 games of the campaign due to an upper body injury sustained in Manitoba's first preseason game on Sept. 29. In 2016-17, Nogier posted 13 points (2G, 11A) in 60 games with the Moose and appeared in 10 games with the Winnipeg Jets.
Couple of Milestones
Forward Chase De Leo recorded his 100th AHL point in his 200th AHL game against Texas on Friday. De Leo has been durable in his first three professional seasons, appearing in 93 per cent of Manitoba's games since the start of the 2015-16 season. In 200 games, De Leo has 100 points (43G, 57A), and is tied for the most points with the Moose since their return to Winnipeg.
Forward Michael Spacek is on a roll, recording points in six straight games and nine points (4G, 5A) in his last nine games. Three of Spacek's four goals in that stretch came on the power play where has 10 goals this season, second among AHL rookies. The Winnipeg Jets' 2015 fourth round pick has climbed into a tie for 19th in scoring among league rookies with 32 points (13G, 19A) on the season.
After having his 15-game road point streak snapped on March 11 in Iowa, Nic Petan was an offensive threat this week in Texas. The forward started out by picking up an assist in Manitoba's win on Wednesday. He then led the charge on Friday, factoring in on all three Moose goals, including the overtime winner, against San Antonio. Petan then picked up a pair of helpers in a losing effort against the Stars on Saturday. The productive week launched the forward back into second on the Moose with 49 points (14G, 35A).
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