Moose return to familiar territory
The Manitoba Moose (8-5-1-1) return home to play at Bell MTS Place for the first time since Oct. 28 when they take on the Chicago Wolves (4-7-1-0) in a 7 p.m. CT matchup. Tickets for the contest are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.
The Moose and Wolves last clashed on Oct. 25 when the clubs opened their season series in Chicago. The early start went the way of the Moose by a 3-1 score. Eric Comrie posted 58:45 of shutout hockey in net, making 36 saves. Jack Roslovic, Buddy Robinson and Patrice Cormier provided the offence.
In more recent history, Manitoba saw a four-game winning streak come to an end Sunday with a 4-1 loss to San Jose. Meanwhile Chicago has dropped three straight including a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday. Jack Roslovic leads the Moose into the week with 17 points (8G, 9A) in 15 games. Teemu Pulkkinen paces the Wolves with 15 points (6G, 9A) in 12 games.
Despite ending their six-game road swing on a losing note, the trip was a success for Manitoba with the team, posting a 4-2-0-0 record. The Moose have played 11 of their first 15 games on the road, posting a 7-4-0-0 record away from Bell MTS Place. The Jets’ AHL affiliate is the most traveled team in the league so far, and has won the third most road games.
Good to Be Home
With their trip in the books, the Moose get set for a four-game home stand at Bell MTS Place where they face off against Chicago (Nov. 15/17) and Laval (Nov. 19/21) in the team’s first ever meeting with the Rocket. The Moose had a 1-1-1-1 record through their first four home games this season. Buddy Robinson leads the Moose with five points (2G, 3A) on home ice.
The Winnipeg Jets announced Monday the team has re-assigned forward Brendan Lemieux to the Moose. Lemieux appeared in his first seven career games for the Jets following his Oct. 17 recall. The second-year pro scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 29 against Pittsburgh. Lemieux has five points in four games with the Moose this season.
Patrice Cormier has three goals and four points in his last five games. Overall, the Moose captain has five goals and six points on the season. His goal total is tied for third on the team with Buddy Robinson. That pace is up from last season when Cormier didn’t score his fifth tally until the 23rd game of the season. The Moncton, NB native finished 2016-17 with 13 goals. His career high is 18 goals from the 2011-12 campaign, the season after he appeared in 11 regular season and nine playoff games for Chicago.
The Moose and Wolves dance again on Friday night when the Moose hold their Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Manitoba will sport a different look for the contest, donning specialty jerseys honouring Manitoba law enforcement officers. Tickets for the 7 p.m. CT game are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.