The Manitoba Moose (23-32-4-4) continue their eight-game home stand tonight as they welcome the Rockford IceHogs (21-30-9-3) to MTS Centre at 7 p.m. CT.
Manitoba’s most recent matchup came on Tuesday as the Moose and Marlies squared off for the final time this season. The contest saw the Moose take a 2-2 tie into the second period, but the Marlies added four in the final two frames for an eventual 6-3 victory. JC Lipon had two goals for Manitoba in the loss.
Today’s game is the seventh of eight meetings between these divisional foes. Through six contests the Moose hold a 3-2-0-1 vs. the IceHogs. Rockford and Manitoba last met on Feb. 28/Mar. 3 in Illinois where the Moose emerged with two 5-3 victories. Game one featured three point (1G, 2A) performances from Kyle Connor and Peter Stoykewych while the second contest saw the Moose get goals from five different players and first-year goaltender Jamie Phillips made 32 saves on route to his first AHL victory.
Manitoba’s series with Rockford has been close all year with each team coming away with three wins and three losses. Through six games, the Moose have the edge, outscoring Rockford 20-19. Every contest has been settled by two goals or less with the road team winning five of six games.
Tuesday’s game against Toronto saw Moose forward JC Lipon score two of Manitoba’s three goals, giving Lipon his first multi-goal game of the season. The Regina, SK product has five multi-point games on the campaign, including a three-point (1G, 2A) performance on Nov. 16 at Bakersfield. Through 63 games with Manitoba this season, Lipon has 24 points (9G, 15A) – just six points shy of a career high of 30 (13G, 17A) set a season ago.
The IceHogs come into tonight’s tilt losers of their last seven and sit eighth in the Central Division standings. Manitoba will hope to continue their offensive run as Rockford has allowed the fourth most goals in the league (204). After the NHL’s trade deadline saw Rockford lose three of their top scorers, Kyle Baun leads the IceHogs with 28 points (12G, 16A) in 61 games.
The Moose put a cap on their season series with Rockford tomorrow night at MTS Centre as Manitoba squares off against the IceHogs at 7 p.m. CT. For tickets to all Manitoba Moose home games, visit moosehockey.com/tickets.