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January 3, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose News Release

The Moose ended 2010 with three convincing wins at MTS Centre, capped off with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Wolves on New Year's Eve. That game was played to 11,684 fans as the Moose extended their longest winning streak of the season to six in a row. That streak ended the following night as they were edged 3-2 by the same Chicago Wolves.

Monday, December 27, 2010: Manitoba 5, Peoria 2 Following an extended holiday break, the Moose took to the ice for their first game since Dec. 18 when they shutout the Houston Aeros, 1-0. This time they handled the heavyweight Peoria Rivermen who at the time were one of only four 20-win teams in the AHL. Moose defenceman Mark Flood scored Manitoba's first goal on the power play and recorded three points (1g, 2a) by the end of the night.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010: Manitoba 4, Peoria 1 After matching their longest winning streak of the season, Manitoba tried to raise that bar in the Rivermen rematch on Tuesday night. Peoria swapped goalies from the night before but Eddie Lack was steady for the Moose stopping all but one late third period shot. Manitoba's offence hung four goals on the Rivermen before that for their fifth win in a row.

Friday, December 31, 2010: Manitoba 4, Chicago 1 Eddie Lack made his sixth start in a row for the Moose and didn't show any sign of fatigue. On the last night of 2010, Lack stopped 24 straight shots by Chicago but had his shutout bid squashed with 2.5 seconds left to play. Bill Sweatt recorded two assists, including one to Tommy Maxwell on the first power play goal of his AHL career.

Saturday, January 1, 2010: Manitoba 2, Chicago 3 The Moose didn't start off 2011 the way they left 2010, recording only two shots in the opening period of Saturday's game against the Wolves. Manitoba opened the scoring but Chicago stormed back with three goals. Sergei Shirokov scored late to extend his current point streak to six games (4g, 3a) but the Moose couldn't find the tying marker.

Moose Notes

CLARK'S RETURN: Rookie forward Kevin Clark's last game was on Nov. 27 in Abbotsford when he was first taken out of Manitoba's lineup with an upper body injury. After missing the next 15 games, Clark is set to return to the Moose on the team's next road trip to Abbotsford. Before getting hurt, Clark had seven points (4g,3a) in 13 games with a +5 rating. His last goal was scored in Manitoba's 3-1 win over the Heat on Nov. 27. The Moose have a record of 9-2-0-2 with Clark in the lineup this season.

KILLER PENALTY KILL: Injuries and roster turnover can make consistency difficult, but one area of Manitoba's game that's been reliable is the penalty kill. Manitoba's work while shorthanded has steadily risen to fourth in the league's penalty kill efficiency (86.1%). That efficiency is even higher when on the road this season (87.2). Manitoba is also one of the league's least penalized teams, averaging only 15.09 penalty minutes per game which ranks them fourth in the AHL.

FORGETTABLE FIRST: The Moose started 2011 off slowly vs. the Chicago Wolves on Jan. 1st, as evidenced by a total of two shots on goal in the game's opening period. Two shots in 20 minutes tied for the lowest single period total by the Moose this season. Prior to that game, the Moose had averaged 10.4 shots on goal in the first period this season, more than any other period this season.

Upcoming Opponents

The Moose break up their longest home stand of the season with a trip out west to Abbotsford for an early week series against the Heat. They then return home on Wednesday to prepare for the defending Calder Cup champion, Hershey Bears. After the Moose wrap up four games in six days, the team takes to the outdoor rink on Sunday for the annual Manitoba Moose outdoor practice. This year the Moose will practice at Keith Bodley Arena located in Kirkfield Westwood.

Player of the Week Nominee

Mark Flood

Defenceman Mark Flood is this week's nominee for Moose Player of the Week...Flood had an outstanding week with a pair of goals and four assists for six points in four games... He compiled three points in the team's first game after the Holiday break vs. Peoria in a 3-1 victory... He then scored the game-winner in a 4-1 won over Chicago on New Year's Eve... Flood has played in only 16 games this season, but has 12 points so far including 10 points in his last seven games.

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