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Moose Drop Two in Week 2

October 18, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose News Release

Thanks to a pair of one-goal losses to Grand Rapids last weekend, the home schedule hasn't started off as well as the Manitoba Moose or their fans had hoped. The first loss came in a goaltending battle on Friday night when Eddie Lack stood up the Griffins on 27 of 28 shots but was outdueled by his counterpart in the Griffins net, Joey MacDonald. Manitoba came close to avenging the loss on Saturday but the Grand Rapids go-ahead goal came with less than 10 minutes left in the third period and the Moose fell 3-2.

Friday, October 15, 2010: Manitoba 0, Grand Rapids 1 By the midway point of the game it was evident the goaltenders would decide this one. Eddie Lack and Joey MacDonald had stopped all 36 combined shots through two periods. The lone goal by the Griffins Francis Pare came in the third period after a rebound shot leaked through Lack and sat on the goal line until Pare beat a Moose defender to it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010: Manitoba 2, Grand Rapids 3 Another game within reach for the Moose slipped away in the third period when the Griffins Brendan Smith put a point shot through Moose goaltender Tyler Weiman. Moose forward Stefan Schneider scored in his first career AHL game and Lee Sweatt scored to improve to four points (2g, 2a), tying Jordan Schroeder for the team lead.


LIKE A VET: Entering the third period down by a goal on Saturday, the Moose were desperate for offence and Stefan Schneider delivered scoring a goal in his first career AHL game. Unfortunately the tying marker didn't hold up but Schneider became the second Moose player to score a goal in their first professional game this season. Rookie defenceman Kevin Connauton scored the game winning goal in Manitoba's first game in Peoria on Friday, Oct. 8.

KILLING IT: A source of strength for the Moose in the first weekend of the season was the penalty kill as Manitoba went eight-for-nine when down a man. That trend continued during the home opening weekend against the Griffins with the Moose killing seven-of-eight against Grand Rapids. The Moose are currently ranked eighth in the league with an 88.2 PK%.

NO SWEATT: Defenceman Lee Sweatt hadn't played an AHL game in three seasons prior to joining the Moose. He returned to the AHL after spending three years playing overseas in Finland, Austria, and Russia. He's had no problems picking up the North American game again as he's currently tied for the team lead with four points (2g, 2a). Sweatt recorded three points (1g, 2a) in Manitoba's second game of the season in Rockford.

Upcoming Opponents

The Moose continue their first home stand of the season when the Hamilton Bulldogs arrive on Thursday, Oct. 21 for the first of two games in two nights at MTS Centre. The last time the Moose saw the Bulldogs was in the first round of last season's Calder Cup Playoffs. Hamilton ended Manitoba's season by taking the best-of-seven series in six games.

Player of the Week Nominee

Eddie Lack

Playing in his second career AHL game Eddie Lack stopped 27 of 28 shots against in a 1-0 loss to Grand Rapids on Oct. 15... Through the two games that Lack has appeared he has a 1.53 GAA, 0.943 SV%, and he has yet to allow a goal in the first two periods of a game... Lack did not allow a powerplay goal successfully killing off all three chances by the Griffins on Oct. 15... Lack has yet to allow a powerplay goal against this season...

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