Moose Unable to Catch Marlies
The Manitoba Moose (25-23-3-2) dropped the opener of their six-game road swing, 4-3, to the Toronto Marlies (28-18-5-3) on Wednesday afternoon. Toronto opened the scoring 7:54 into the game when Michael Carcone picked a corner on the power play. The Moose nearly evened the game minutes later as Jansen Harkins set up JC Lipon on a two-on-one, but former Moose goalie Michael Hutchinson stretched across to make a pad save. The Marlies added to their lead with 3:43 left in the frame when Vincent LoVerde's shot redirected into the net off a Moose defender. Eric Comrie made 12 saves in the period as the Moose went to the intermission trailing 2-0.
The Moose got back into the contest when Jimmy Oligny poked a puck free and had a breakaway all the way down the ice. The defender put together a slick set of moves to score Manitoba's first of the game 5:50 into the second. Toronto restored the two-goal advantage on a point shot from Gabriel Gagne that redirected off a Moose skate and into the net behind Comrie at 9:43. The Marlies took a 4-1 lead with 3:30 to go in the period when Carcone jammed the puck over the goal line after Comrie made multiple saves during the scramble.
Comrie stole the show in the third period, making multiple highlight reel saves including a lunging glove stop on Pierre Engvall. With time ticking away, and Comrie out for the extra attacker, the Moose took a bite out of the Marlies lead. Marko Dano's one-timer following a faceoff squeaked by Hutchinson, and Logan Shaw pounced on the rebound with 3:09 to go. The Moose continued to push, but didn't find the back of the net again until Nelson Nogier put away a rebound with one second remaining. The Moose comeback fell just short as Toronto came away with the 4-3 win.
Jimmy Oligny scored his first goal as a member of the Moose.
Michael Spacek is on a five-game point streak with six points (2G, 4A) in those outings.
Logan Shaw has points four straight games with six points (3G, 3A) in that span.
Shaw also took over the Moose scoring lead and is the first player on the team to reach 40 points (23G, 17A) this season. What's Next?
The Moose head to Laval for a pair of games Friday and Saturday against the Laval Rocket. Tune in to Friday's game on moosehockey.com/listenlive and the Moose App at 6:15 p.m. CT.
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