Back to Bakersfield
The Moose are in Bakersfield looking to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Condors on Wednesday. The rematch with the Condors on Saturday night, the third contest of a six-game road trip, starts at 9 p.m. (CT). You can listen at: moosehockey.com/listenlive, starting at 8:45 p.m. CT or on TSN 1290 when they join the game in progress.
Sami Niku fired home his first career AHL goal in Stockton, last night. The rookie had six assists prior to earning his first tally in the league. The marker wasn’t Niku’s first professional goal as the Winnipeg Jets’ 2015 seventh round pick posted nine career goals with JYP in SM-Liiga back in Finland. Niku leads all AHL rookie defenders with seven points (1G, 6A) on the season.
POWER PLAY FIRING
The Moose power play cashed in twice on six opportunities in Stockton, pushing the team’s success rate with the man-advantage to 20.0% (10/50) on the season. That percentage is good for ninth in the AHL and the 10 power play goals are tied for fifth in the league. Driving those numbers is a 21.2% power play while on the road. The Moose have recorded a power play goal in five of their last six games and is clipping along at 25.0% throughout that stretch.
PETAN ON THE BOARD
Nic Petan was threatening on Wednesday in Bakersfield with six shots on goal and one shot off the crossbar. The Delta, BC native found the scoresheet for the first time since his re-assignment to the Moose on Friday with a pair of assists on Friday, both the primary helper, in the Manitoba win. In his AHL career, Petan has 39 points (13G, 26A) in 60 games.
Tonight is Manitoba’s eighth road game already this season, in Manitoba’s 12th game overall. The Moose have found a reasonable amount of success away from Bell MTS Place, posting a 4-3-0-0 record. By the time Manitoba hits its upcoming four-game home stand, the team will have played 11 of its first 15 games on the road.
Short rest hasn’t been an issue so far, this season. Saturday will be the fourth time this campaign the Moose have played two games in as many nights. They’re 2-0-1-0 in those games with a scoring differential of 13-7.
The Moose get a little break to enjoy the California weather, before their next game. They’ll play the Stockton Heat again, on Wednesday, Nov. 8th. The team wraps up the trip with two games against the San Jose Barracuda next weekend. It’s a busy month, so to keep up make sure you visit: moosehockey.com/ where you can also get tickets for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (Nov. 17), and/or the annual Share the Warmth game Nov. 19).