PREVIEW: Game 3, in the Home of the Hogs
The Manitoba Moose (3-4) and the Rockford IceHogs (5-0) move the Central Division Finals to Rockford for the next three games, starting tonight. The IceHogs are up two games to none, and undefeated so far in the playoffs. Tonight’s game gets started at 7 p.m. (CT) and will be aired on TSN 120, moosehockey.com/listenlive/ and the Moose App. Tune in 15 minutes before puck drop to catch play-by-play announcer Mitch Peacock and the pre-game show.
HITTING THE ROAD
The Moose head to Rockford this week trailing 2-0 in the Central Division Finals. Manitoba rolls into hostile territory with a strong road record from the regular and post-season. During the regular season, the Moose accumulated the second-most points in the AHL on the road with a 25-9-2-2 record. The mark matched a franchise record for road wins. In the playoffs, Manitoba won two of three games in Grand Rapids to advance past the Griffins. This post-season, the Moose have averaged 3.67 goals per game on the road as compared to 1.75 goals for at home.
FINDING THE NET
Forward Brendan Lemieux has emerged as Manitoba’s leading goal-scorer through the first seven games of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The second-year pro has three goals in the post season, all coming in his last five games. During that stretch, Lemieux has five points (3G, 2A) and is second on the Moose in playoff scoring.
AT HOME IN ROCKFORD?
In addition to their strong road play this season, the Moose have made themselves at home skating at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford in recent years. In their last eight trips to Rockford, the Moose have put together a 7-1-0-0 mark against the IceHogs. Home ice hasn’t meant much between these two clubs with the road team putting together a 14-4-0-0 record in 18 games (regular season/playoffs) between the teams.
JOINING THE TEAM
The Moose announced on Monday the Winnipeg Jets have reassigned defenceman Logan Stanley from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers to the Moose. Stanley had a career season, putting up 42 points (15G, 27A) in 61 games. He also racked up 16 points (4G, 12A) in the playoffs and was named Kitchener’s co-playoff MVP as the club reached the OHL’s Western Conference Final. Stanley was a first round pick, 18th overall, of the Jets in 2016.
Rookie forward Jansen Harkins made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut on Saturday in Game 2 of the Central Division Finals. Harkins missed the first six games of the of the playoffs due to injury. The North Vancouver, BC native posted 13 points (2G, 11A) and had a plus-six rating in 46 games during his first professional campaign with the Moose.
The Central Division Finals continue on Friday, with Game 4 at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Il. Puck drop will be at 7 p.m. (CT) on TSN 1290, moosehockey.com/listenlive/, and the Moose App.