Moose face Rocket for first timeBy: Daniel Fink | Published: November 19th 2017
The Manitoba Moose (10-5-1-1) and Laval Rocket (9-6-2-0) matchup for the first time in the two teams’ history at Bell MTS Place this afternoon. Today’s 2 p.m. CT contest is the annual “Share the Warmth” game presented by Red River Co-op in support of Siloam Mission. Fans are encouraged to bring winter clothing items to the game to be donated to those in need this winter. Fans donating winter clothing will be entered into a draw for an autographed Manitoba Moose jersey or pairs of premium suite tickets to Manitoba’s Dec. 9 home game. Tickets are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.
The Moose are in the midst of a four-game home stand after a pair of wins against the Chicago Wolves. Meanwhile the Rocket look to get back in the win column after a 5-2 loss to Lehigh Valley. Jack Roslovic leads the Moose and is second in the AHL with 21 points (8G, 9A) in 17 games. Defenceman Matt Taormina sits atop the Laval scoring list with 18 points (2G, 16A).
Today’s game is the first-ever meeting between the Moose and Rocket. However, the two teams do have some history as the franchises both spent time in St. John’s under the IceCaps name. The Moose were in Newfoundland from 2011-15 while the Rocket were there from 2015-17.
Jack Roslovic had a night to remember on Friday. The second-year pro provided four points (2G, 2A) for the Moose, including the game winning goal. The four points were a single-game career high for Roslovic who has three or more points in four games this season. The outburst launched Roslovic into second in AHL scoring with 21 points (10G, 11A) on the season. The Columbus, OH native needs just three more goals to match his 2016-17 season total of 13.
Share the Wealth
Roslovic may have had the four-point night, but the Moose spread the offence all around the lineup on Friday with 13 of 18 skaters factoring into the six goals scored by Manitoba. Additionally, all but four skaters registered a shot on goal in the game. Overall, just six players currently on the Moose roster have yet to record a goal this season.
Schilling Climbing the List
Cameron Schilling continues to produce for Manitoba with 11 points over his last 11 games. That run has Schilling third among AHL defencemen with 13 points (2G, 11A) in 17 games. It’s an impressive start to the season for Schilling who is on pace to surpass his career high of 26 points (8G, 18A) with Rockford and Ontario in 2016-17. The Carmel, IN product has points in back-to-back games with two assists.
Production from the Blue Line
Schilling may be leading the charge, but the Moose defence is enjoying a quick start to the season in general. Defenceman have accounted for nine of Manitoba’s 57 goals so far this season and combined for 40 points over 17 games. In 2016-17, Moose defenders scored 24 goals, combining for 122 points over 76 games.
The Moose and Rocket clash for a second time on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in a 7 p.m. matchup. Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.