Moose Hold off Wolves 5-4
The Manitoba Moose (6-4-0-0) and Chicago Wolves (6-3-0-1) renewed their rivalry at Bell MTS Place on Friday night. Mikhail Berdin was busy in the Moose net to get the evening started, making 12 saves in the opening frame. The Wolves only got one puck past the rookie netminder as Gage Quinney tallied on a Chicago power play. That marker went down as the only goal of the period as the Wolves took a 1-0 lead to the second.
Manitoba tied the game just 96 seconds into the middle frame, courtesy of a power play goal. Michael Spacek moved into the slot and fired a wrister past Oscar Dansk for his first of the season. The Moose grabbed their first lead of the night with another power play tally when C.J. Suess battled a rebound over the line at 4:32 of the period. Daniel Carr knotted things up for Chicago with the Wolves' second power play goal at the 9:21 mark. Just over a minute later, Mason Appleton scored the game's first even strength goal, grabbing a rebound and wrapping it around Dansk on the backhand for a 3-2 Moose lead. The Manitoba penalty kill came up with a big stop late in the frame, holding back a Chicago four-on-three chance in the late stages of the period to keep the Moose in front.
Seth Griffith added to the Moose lead 2:38 into the third when his attempt to knock the puck off a defender's stick ended up in the Chicago net. Griffith set up Luke Green for Manitoba's fifth of the night three minutes later. The three-goal lead proved to be important as the Wolves climbed back into the contest. Coach Rocky Thompson called his goaltender to the bench with 10:21 remaining in the game with the Wolves on the power play. Chicago didn't strike with the man advantage, but cashed in with six minutes left as Winnipegger Brooks Macek knocked home a Brandon Pirri feed. The Wolves made it a one-goal game with 4:43 to go on a Nic Hague shot from the top of the slot. The Moose dug in their heels from there, and held the Wolves back, claiming a 5-4 victory from the wild game.
Luke Green scored his first professional goal, and posted his first multi-point game (1G, 1A).
Seth Griffith recorded his sixth career game with four or more points (1G, 3A).
Cameron Schilling tallied two assists for his first multi-point game of the season.
Mikhail Berdin won his third straight start, making 32 saves. Quotable
Goaltender Mikhail Berdin - "I try and enjoy all of my games. I try and enjoy practice. I play hockey for enjoyment. It was really good game, my favourite game of (my first) three games because it was a big battle. Much fun, you know? I love this."
Head Coach Pascal Vincent - "I like to play really aggressive when we get the lead. Smart, but aggressive. But they can move the puck. That's a team that, if you make a mistake, they can take advantage... and they did. Keeping our composure at 5-4, I really like the way we responded."
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The Moose and Wolves get right back at it Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT at Bell MTS Place on Video Game Night, featuring an interactive gaming lounge and VR experience. Fans attending the game have a chance to win a Moose-branded Playstation 4 console by donating new or gently used winter clothing to the Share the Warmth winter clothing drive, presented by Red River Co-op. Tickets for Saturday's game are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.
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