Round Two with the RocketBy: Colin Peterson | Published: November 21st 2017
The Manitoba Moose (11-5-1-1) are on a roll in November. The team is 7-2-0-0 this month averaging 3.6 goals a game and are currently on a three-game win streak on this home stand. That includes Saturday’s 5-2 win in their first-ever meeting with the Laval Rocket. Tickets are available for tonight’s game at: moosehockey.com/tickets, so make sure you’re there to help the Moose go for the sweep against Laval.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mason Appleton continues to rack up points in his rookie season. The Green Bay, WI native totaled six points (3G, 3A) in his last three games, leading to a CCM/AHL Player of the Week nod for the 2015 Winnipeg Jets’ sixth rounder. Appleton tallied two game-winning goals, and his biggest output was a three-point day against Laval last time out. Appleton is third in rookie scoring and into the top-20 of AHL scorers.
With offence spread around the Moose lineup lately it’s opened the door for plenty of players to have points in consecutive games. Seven Moose skaters have points in at least two straight games. More impressively, five of those have points in three straight contests (Appleton, De Leo, Robinson, Stoykewych, Schilling). Sami Niku, who has points in back-to-back games, posted the longest Moose streak so far this season with assists in six straight.
Moose special teams continue to be effective coming up on the quarter mark of the season. The Manitoba power play is ranked sixth in the AHL at 21.1%. The Moose have scored five power play goals in their last three games. Meanwhile the penalty kill is tied for fifth in the AHL at 85.1%. Earlier this month, the Moose killed off 20 straight penalties, not allowing a power play goal for five games.
JOHNNY ON THE SPA-CEK
Moose forward Michael Spacek tallied his first career AHL goal on Sunday, benefiting from the puck taking a wild bounce off the glass and in front of the Laval net. In his first AHL season, Spacek has four points (1G, 3A) in 12 games. Spacek was a fourth-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2015.
Defenseman, Julian Melchiori tallied an assist in Sunday’s matchup and has points in two straight games after scoring a goal against Chicago on Friday. With eight points (2G, 6A), Melchiori has already matched his 52-game total from 2016-17 in just 18 games this season.
The Moose leave for a three game road trip which starts in Grand Rapids (Nov. 24) and has them making stops in Milwaukee (Nov. 25) and Rockford (Nov. 28). They’ll wrap up the bus month of November at home (Nov. 30) against Cleveland in the first of back-to-back two-game series at the Bell MTS Place. To get tickets for those games against the Monsters and Admirals, or any of the upcoming holiday games visit: moosehockey.com/tickets.