Moose drop divisional battle to Marlies, 3-1
It was Fan Appreciation Night at the MTS Centre Friday night, and the Manitoba Moose showed their gratitude with an exciting divisional showdown in front of a sellout crowd. Ultimately, the Moose fell to the Marlies 3-1, but still clinched first place in the North Division with a loss in Grand Rapids. Dusty Collins scored the lone goal for Manitoba, while goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots.
Toronto's powerplay unit made their debut at 1:17 when Jason Krog was penalized for interference, but Tim Stapleton evened the odds when he received a holding penalty of his own.
Neither team was able to capitalize on their opening man-advantages and play returned to five-on-five.
1:04 into the second period Zack FitzGerald was penalized for roughing, giving the Marlies their third powerplay. With seconds left in the man-advantage, Joe Ryan went top shelf on Schneider for a 1-0 tally in favor of Toronto.
Outshooting the Marlies 17-15, the Moose were finally able to get on the board midway through the game. With a sleek pass from Alexandre Bolduc, Dusty Collins slapped the puck in the back door to knot the game at one.
With five minutes left in the second, Jeremy Williams' high-sticking penalty put the Moose on their third man-advantage. Manitoba wasn't able to register one shot on Justin Pogge during the two-minutes and went zero-for-three on the PP.
The Marlies regained the lead when Jay Rosehill wrapped around Schneider's net and stuffed the puck in between the post and his right goal pad, 2-1.
Despite a last minute offensive surge from the Moose, the home team couldn't tie the game. In the final minute the Moose pulled Schneider and opted for an extra attacker. With an open net, Ryan Hamilton potted an empty netter to confirm a 3-1 victory for Toronto.
The Manitoba Moose play their last regular season game on home ice tomorrow night against the Toronto Marlies.
Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. @ MTS Centre
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