Moose Need OT to Repel San Diego
The Manitoba Moose (31-27-4-2) thwarted a comeback from the San Diego Gulls (31-20-4-3), taking a 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday Night at Bell MTS Place. The Moose came out with a strong start as Ryan White scored his second in as many games just 2:05 into the contest. The hosts made it 2-0 at 5:37 as Logan Shaw beat a few defenders and then got past Kevin Boyle on the wraparound. The goal prompted San Diego to make a swap in net as Jeff Glass came into the game. Cameron Schilling gave the Moose a 3-0 edge with 5:22 left in the period, knocking in a White rebound. San Diego fired back in the late stages of the frame as Kalle Kossila finished off a pretty passing sequence for a power play tally with 1:10 left in the period. Just eight seconds later, Ben Street scored on a wraparound to get the Gulls within one goal as the Moose took a 3-2 lead into the intermission.
The teams cooled off in the second period as Eric Comrie turned away 11 shots and Glass stopped eight for a scoreless frame. San Diego's best chance came on a scramble in front of Comrie during a five-on-three power play, but Tucker Poolman helped his goaltender dig the puck off the line. The Moose also had a chance during that penalty kill as White nearly had his second of the game on a breakaway during the two-man disadvantage. Manitoba almost pushed the lead to two when Kristian Vesalainen found some room, but his wrister rang off the post and the Moose had to settle for a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.
The Moose maintained the 3-2 edge until Kiefer Sherwood scored shorthanded 9:36 into the period to tie the game. The score stayed locked until the final 12 seconds of overtime. Already having made a slick move to the net and being denied earlier in the extra frame, Vesalainen made a power move around a San Diego defender and tucked the puck past Glass to give the Moose the 4-3 win.
Ryan White has three points (2G, 1A) in his last two games.
Cameron Schilling has five points (2G, 3A) over his last five games.
Kristian Vesalainen scored his first AHL overtime winner. Quotable
Forward Kristian Vesalainen on the team's start - "Obviously we started a lot better in the game than last game. I think it was a good opportunity for us to better our game, and it was a great win."
Forward Ryan White on the overtime period - "The guys were buzzing out there in OT. I thought we controlled the pace most of the overtime and had some good chances. [Comrie] made a huge save right before [Vesalainen] got that one. I said to one of the boys, 'I don't think I could ever make that play.' It was a big boy play by the 'Big Fin' there, and there's a reason we got him here. I'm glad he got to contribute tonight and hopefully get his feet wet a little bit with us we'll just keep going."
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The Moose hit the road this week for their first-ever visit to Colorado to take on the Eagles on Friday and Saturday. Friday's game can be heard on TSN 1290, and both will air on moosehockey.com/listenlive, the Moose App and stream on AHLTV starting at 7:45 p.m. CT.
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