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Moose Make History In Week 25

March 30, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose News Release

The Manitoba Moose earned six out of a possible eight points in Week 25, earning back-to-back wins over the Hamilton Bulldogs and splitting their last regular season series with the Syracuse Crunch. In Friday night's 2-1 overtime victory against the Bulldogs, Manitoba earned their 48th victory of the season breaking the franchise record for most wins in a single campaign. That same night, goaltender Cory Schneider made history by recording his 27th win -- the most in a single season by any Moose goaltender. The magic number for the Manitoba Moose to clinch first place in the North Division is now two points. Any points earned by the Moose or failed to be earned by the Grand Rapids Griffins equaling two will mean the Moose will finish first in the North Division for the second time in three years.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009: Manitoba 1, Syracuse 2

The Manitoba Moose dropped a 2-1 North Division battle to the Syracuse Crunch in front of 6809 fans at the MTS Centre on Tuesday night. Manitoba's record against the Crunch dropped to 1-2-0-0 this season heading into Wednesday's final regular season matchup between the clubs. Dusty Collins scored Manitoba's lone goal, while Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots for only his seventh regulation loss this season.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009: Manitoba 5, Syracuse 3

After suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Crunch on Tuesday night, the Moose battled back to earn a 5-3 victory in the final matchup between the clubs on Wednesday at the MTS Centre. Matt Pope earned his second goal in Moose colours, Jason Krog recorded two goals and an assist while Jason Jaffray and Guillaume Desbiens both notched singles. Goaltender Curtis Sanford stopped 21 shots for his sixth victory this campaign.

Friday, March 27, 2009: Manitoba 2, Hamilton 1 (OT)

The Manitoba Moose earned a franchise-high 48th win on Friday night with a 2-1 overtime decision over the Hamilton Bulldogs at the MTS Centre. Jason Krog scored Manitoba's lone goal in regulation time while Nolan Baumgartner notched the game-winner in overtime. Goaltender Cory Schneider made Moose history by stopping 35 shots to earn his 27th win - the most wins in a single season by any Moose goaltender.

Sunday, March 29, 2009: Manitoba 3, Hamilton 2

The Manitoba Moose swept the Hamilton Bulldogs with a 3-2 victory in the only Sunday afternoon matchup at the MTS Centre this season. Jason Krog scored his team leading 29th goal, Travis Ramsey notched his second and Jason Jaffray netted the game-winner. Goaltender Cory Schneider continued his hot streak with an almost flawless performance stopping 44 of 46 shots for his 28th victory this season.

Moose Notes

48 IN THE WIN COLUMN: By earning a 2-1 overtime victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night the Manitoba Moose set a new franchise record for most wins in a single season with 48. In 1998-99, the Moose won a total of 47 games out of a possible 82. These 48 wins are also the most in the team's AHL era. This is the third straight season Manitoba has increased its win total over the prior year. With five games left on Manitoba's regular season calendar and 104 total points already, this year's squad is also on pace to break the former record for most points in a season (108) also set back in 1998-99. If they are able to win one of their last two home games they will also beat the record for most wins on home ice, currently set at 25 (2006-07).

SCHNEIDER CHANGES RECORD BOOK: By earning consecutive wins over the Hamilton Bulldogs last week, goaltender Cory Schneider earned his 27th and 28th wins of the season. As a result, he broke the franchise record for most wins in a single season by any Moose goalie (26, formerly held by Wade Flaherty, 2005-06). Schneider, who holds a 28-7-1 record, 1.89 GAA, 0.932 SV% and five shutouts, is currently on pace to smash a number of franchise records for goalies including goals against average (2.17, Drew MacIntyre, 2006-07), save percentage (0.922, Drew MacIntyre, 2006-07) and shutouts (6, Wade Flaherty, 2005-06).

Upcoming Opponent

The Manitoba Moose host the Toronto Marlies on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th for their last two matchups at the MTS Centre this season.

Player of the Week Nominee

Cory Schneider

For the third time this season, Moose netminder Cory Schneider has been nominated for AHL Player of the Week...This week, the Marblehead, MA native appeared in three of Manitoba's four games and stopped a whopping 105 of 110 shots in two victories and one defeat...On Tuesday, Schneider stopped 26 of 28 shots, but failed to lead the Moose to a win as they fell 2-1 to the Syracuse Crunch. Then on Friday, he was the first star in a 2-1 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs after stopping 35 of 36 shots and then was even better the next night in frustrating the Bulldogs with 44 saves on 46 shots in a 3-2 Moose win. As a result, Schneider finished the week with a 1.67 goals against average and a .955 save percentage. He once again re-claimed the title of best goalie in the AHL as he now has a 1.89 GAA and a .932 SV%. Schneider now has 28 wins which is a new Moose franchise record, and is on pace to also break the team records for goals against average (2.17, Drew MacIntyre '06-07), save percentage (.922, MacIntyre '06-07), shutouts (6, Wade Flaherty '05-06).

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