PREVIEW: The Wild RematchBy: Colin Peterson | Published: March 4th 2018
The Manitoba Moose (35-15-4-3) held off the Iowa Wild (26-17-8-4) for a 5-4, overtime victory last night. With Manitoba leading the season series and at the top of the standings, Iowa will come into this afternoon’s game with a lot on the line. This afternoon’s matchup is also the last of eight straight at Bell MTS Place, Following today’s game, the Moose head out on the road for their next seven. The first 3,000 people in the building will also receive hockey cards from Upper Deck so make sure you get downtown early. If you still need tickets, stop by moosehockey.com/tickets/.
THE FINAL TURN
With last night’s victory, the Moose reached the three-quarter point of the 2017-18 AHL Regular Season. As they hit the homestretch, Manitoba leads the Western Conference and sits third in the AHL with a 35-15-4-3 record. Manitoba’s 15 regulation losses are tied for the least in the league. With a 0.675 points percentage, the Moose are still on pace to record the best points percentage in franchise history.
400 IN THE BOOKS
Moose captain Patrice Cormier played the 400th game of his AHL career yesterday against the Wild. The Moncton, NB native tallied an assist in the Moose victory. Cormier made his AHL regular season debut on Nov. 30/10 with Chicago against… the Manitoba Moose. In the first 400 games of his career, Cormier has recorded 193 points (95G, 98A) and 603 penalty minutes. The former New Jersey Devils second round pick is enjoying his most productive season with 36 points (19G, 17A) in 56 games.
MEET ME IN THE TOP
Defenceman Sami Niku tallied a pair of assists in last night’s game to reach the 30-assist and 40-point plateaus. Niku’s 40 points move him into a three-way tie for the league lead among defencemen with Matt Taormina and Jacob MacDonald. The Finnish defender’s 30 assists are second in the league behind Taormina. He also holds an 11-point lead on Filip Hronek for the most points among rookie defenders.
CZECH THIS OUT
Michael Spacek has 11 goals on the season and has scored in 10 games. In those contests, the Moose have a record of 9-0-1-0. Spacek has scored the first goal of the game three times, picked up one insurance marker and struck for two game-winning goals this season. The rookie forward is fourth on the current Moose roster with a 14.7 per cent shooting efficiency.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Defenceman Tucker Poolman got in on the offence last night with a pair of assists. The East Grand Forks, MN native has eight points (1G, 7A) in his last nine AHL games. While all of his AHL offence has come on home ice at Bell MTS Place, his only NHL goal came on the road in New York against the Islanders.
You can tune in to TSN 1290 to catch the Moose on Wednesday, when they play the Admirals in Milwaukee with a 10:30 a.m. (CT) puck drop. Visit moosehockey.com/ for all additional coverage while the team is on the road.