Moose Close Season by Beating Chicago, 6-2
The Manitoba Moose (39-30-5-2) finished the regular season with a dominant 6-2 win over the Chicago Wolves (44-22-6-4) at Allstate Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Moose opened the scoring 7:53 into the game as Jonathan Kovacevic's centering feed bounced into the goal off a Chicago defender. Manitoba added to the lead on another friendly bounce as Michael Spacek was the beneficiary of a giveaway in front of the Wolves' net and potted his 10th of the season at 10:22. Chicago got on the board 1:20 after Spacek's tally as Stefan Matteau redirected a Zach Whitecloud shot past Eric Comrie to leave the score 2-1 in favour of Manitoba after 20 minutes.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the middle frame. The Moose outshot the Wolves 13-4 in the period, but Max Lagace was equal to the task guarding the Chicago net. The scoreless period pushed the Moose into the third with a 2-1 advantage.
The floodgates opened midway through the third as the Moose scored four goals in a span of 5:17. Logan Shaw got it started at 6:42 of the period by scoring on a nice pass from Marko Dano on the power play. Kamerin Nault made it 4-1 a minute later, scoring on a partial break down the wing. Less than two minutes after that, Jansen Harkins sniped after an offensive zone faceoff win for a 5-1 advantage. Cole Maier rounded out the run with eight minutes to go, shoveling the puck up and over Lagace during a scramble in the Chicago crease. Former Moose Tye McGinn added one more for Chicago with six minutes to go in the contest, finishing off a pass from below the goal-line to leave the final score at 6-2 in favour of the Moose.
Seth Griffith wins the Ultimate Software Leading Scorer Award, pacing the Moose with 57 points (16G, 41A).
Manitoba's 39 wins on the season are the second-most in the Central Division.
Eric Comrie's 25 wins on the season are tied for sixth most in franchise history.
Johnathan Kovacevic and Kamerin Nault both tallied a goal and an assist in their AHL debuts.
Cole Maier scored his first professional goal.
Logan Shaw cleared the 50-point mark for the first time in his career.
Manitoba outshot Chicago by a combined 76-38 in the past two games.
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