PREVIEW: Rematch with Grand Rapids
Tonight, the Manitoba Moose (25-6-3-2) get a shot at revenge against the Grand Rapids Griffins (17-16-1-4). The two teams met on Monday in a game that Grand Rapids won 3-2 in overtime. The Moose were held scoreless through the first 57 minutes of action, but tied the game thanks to goals from Cameron Schilling and Nick Petan just 36 second apart. Taking the matchup to overtime means Manitoba now have points in their last four games. Puck drop is at 7pm (CST), and tickets are available at moosehockey.com/tickets/.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Monday’s game marked the second time in three games in which the Moose came back from a two-goal deficit in the final four minutes to tie the contest. The first came in Chicago last Friday when the Moose scored with 3:18 and 1.2 seconds remaining. When trailing after two periods, the Moose have yet to win and hold an 0-3-2-1 record.
Nic Petan’s point streak hit 10 games his last outing as the Moose forward added a goal to his 13-point (5G, 8A) total during the stretch. Petan’s streak is currently the second-longest active streak in the AHL. The Delta, B.C. native’s run started on Dec. 15 in Belleville and includes multi-point performances on Dec. 21 (1G, 2A) and Jan. 5 (2A). Petan has points 20 of 29 games played this season and 14 of his last 15 games.
POOLMAN RETURNS, LEMIEUX GOES UP
The Winnipeg Jets recalled forward Brendan Lemieux on Monday. The former Buffalo Sabres draft pick was in the midst of a five-game point streak and was rolling along at a point-per-game pace with 24 points (9G, 15A) in 24 games this season. The Jets also reassigned defenceman Tucker Poolman to the Moose. Poolman has appeared in 13 NHL games with the Jets this season, scoring his first NHL goal on Dec. 23 against the New York Islanders. Poolman played seven games with Manitoba in an earlier stint, tallying an assist. The East Grand Forks, MN product picked up a helper in his first game back with the Moose on Monday.
Forward Mason Appleton continues to hold strong in the rookie scoring race this season. The Green Bay, WI native has three assists in his last two games to own a share of the lead among first-year AHL’ers with Nick Merkley (Tucson). In 36 games, Appleton has 34 points (12G, 22A), just one back of the Moose lead held by Jack Roslovic.
The Moose continue their six-game home stand with a two-game set against the Iowa Wild this weekend (Jan. 13/14). Sunday’s game is the annual Polar Bar Jersey Day. The players will sport a unique jersey that will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds benefitting the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Polar Bear Rescue Team. Visit moosehockey.com/tickets/ for your tickets.