PREVIEW: Two to Go
The Manitoba Moose (41-25-4-4) wrap up their season series against the Cleveland Monsters (24-40-7-3) tonight, while trying to keep pace in the Central Division. The Moose played a near-perfect road game last night when they held Cleveland to 13 shots on goal while putting 35 pucks on net themselves. Brody Sutter, Mason Appleton, Michael Spacek, and Mike Sgarbossa each scored, and Manitoba won their 24th road game of the campaign 4-0. The Moose could tie the franchise record of 25 away wins (2008-09) with another victory against the Monsters. Tonight’s puck drop is at 6 p.m. (CT) on moosehockey.com/listenlive/.
DUDLEY (RED) GARRETT AWARD
Forward Mason Appleton has been voted the Dudley (Red) Garrett Award winner as the AHL’s outstanding rookie. The Green Bay, Wis. native leads rookie skaters with 65 points (22G, 43A) in 74 games this season. He is the first player in franchise history to win the award after already garnering First Team AHL All-Star and AHL All-Rookie Team honours. The Moose are the fourth team since 1968 to capture the league’s outstanding rookie, outstanding coach (Pascal Vincent) and outstanding defenceman (Sami Niku) awards in the same season.
The Moose made Michael Hutchinson’s night a quiet one on the way to the team’s fourth shutout of the season. Manitoba allowed just 13 shots on goal, setting a new franchise record for shots surrendered in a road game. The Moose were also plenty disciplined, not facing a penalty kill in the game.
10 x 15
With Mike Sgarbossa’s third period tally in last night’s game, the Moose now feature 10 players with at least 15 goals on the season. Manitoba is the only team in the AHL to have 10 players surpass the 15-goal mark. With 249 goals in 74 games, the Moose are tied for third in the league with an average of 3.36 goals per game.
FEAR THE ROOKIES
The dynamic rookie trio of Mason Appleton, Sami Niku and Michael Spacek gave teams fits this season. Appleton and Spacek both picked up a goal and an assist last night for their 19th and fifth multi-point games of the season. Add in Sami Niku’s 11 multi-point games and the group has combined for 35 multi-point games. The Moose are one of four teams with three players in the top-20 rookie scorers.
BRODY’S IN BEAST MODE
Forward Brody Sutter continued his late-season tear by opening the scoring last night. The Viking, AB native has points in six straight games with seven points (4G, 3A) over that span. Sutter has 17 points (8G, 9A) in 56 games.
The Moose could have a chance to win the Central Division on Sunday when they finish off the regular season in Chicago. The Moose-Wolves matchup gets going at 4 p.m. (CT). You can get your playoff tickets now by visiting moosehockey.com/tickets/.