The Manitoba Moose (25-34-4-5) look to make it three straight wins in The Golden State when they head into San Jose to take on the Barracuda (39-14-2-5) tonight at 9 p.m. CT.
Eric Comrie made 26 saves – many in highlight reel fashion – to help the Moose to a 5-2 win in Bakersfield on Tuesday. Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Rob Flick and Jack Roslovic scored 1:55 apart to put the Moose in front. Patrice Cormier scored the eventual game winner on a five-on-three powerplay later in the frame before Francis Beauvillier iced the game with a pair of goals late in the third.
Tonight’s game marks the third meeting between the Moose and Barracuda this season. The two teams clashed in early February at MTS Centre with San Jose taking both matchups. Manitoba made things interesting in the second game with three third period goals to put San Jose on ropes, but they hung on for the eventual 5-4 win. Kyle Connor and Quinton Howden both have two goals in two games against San Jose.
The New Guys
Beauvillier wasn’t the only new face to make a contribution on Tuesday. Forward Rob Flick scored his first goal as a member of the Moose in his second game with the club. The tally was the 39th of Flick’s AHL career. Jake Kulevich also factored into the game, picking up his second assist since joining the Moose four games ago. Kulevich also posted three shots on goal and was a +1 plus/minus rating.
Eric Comrie’s next appearance will push him into uncharted territory with a career high 47th appearance. The Moose goaltender has already surpassed his playing time total from last season with 2622 minutes played on the year and needs three more appearances to reach 100 for his career. When he reaches the century mark, Comrie will be the sixth goaltender in Moose history to play 100 games. The former second round pick of the Winnipeg Jets is 16-24-6 with a 3.02 GAA and 0.904 SV%.
San Jose’s Story
The Barracuda come into tonight’s matchup having clinched a playoff spot and are sitting comfortably atop the Pacific Division. San Jose is enjoying a productive season at both ends of the ice. They’re seventh in goals for across the league with 208 and are third in goals against – only allowing 157 goals in 60 contests. First year forward, Daniel O’Reagan leads San Jose’s offense with 53 points (20G, 33A) in 56 games. Barracuda netminder, Troy Grosenick has some of best numbers in the league as he’s tied for the second in both GAA and save percentage at 2.08 and 0.927 per cent. Grosenick has 27 wins this season.
The Moose close out their three-game California swing tomorrow night in San Jose at 9 p.m. CT before they head back to Winnipeg for their final home stand of the season. Listen to all Manitoba Moose road games on moosehockey.com/listenlive. Tune in 15 minutes before to hear the pre-game show for all your latest Moose news.