Second stop in StocktonBy: Colin Peterson | Published: November 8th 2017
Wednesday night, the Manitoba Moose hit the second half of their California road trip, when they head back to Stockton. The Moose beat the Heat 4-1 on Nov. 8 thanks to an excellent performance by Eric Comrie (40 saves), and Sami Niku’s first career goal which served as the game winner. Tune in to TSN 1290 at 8:45 p.m. for the pregame show with Mitch Peacock.
Nic Petan is starting to find his stride offensively with the Moose. The Delta, BC native has three assists in his last two games, all of which are in the books as the primary helper. In 61 career AHL games, Petan has 40 points (13G, 27A). Two of Petan’s assists came in the first meeting with Stockton, while his linemate Jack Roslovic recorded a goal and an assist against the Heat.
The Moose made a pair of roster moves in the last couple of days. The first saw the team assign defenceman Jan Kostalek to the Jacksonville Icemen. Kostalek has yet to play for the Moose this season due to injury. In 2016-17, the Prague, Czech Republic native posted seven points (2G, 5A) in 60 games. Kostalek was a fourth-round selection, 114th overall, of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The Moose also announced the re-assignment of defenceman Tim Daly to the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL). Daly has three points (1G, 2A) in five games with Norfolk this season.
IN THE ZONE ON THE ROAD
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been putting up a wall on the road for the Moose. The veteran netminder is 3-0-0, earning all of his wins on the season, away from Bell MTS Place with a 1.65 GAA and 0.948 SV%. Hutchinson has yet to allow more than two goals in a game on the road. Overall, Hutchinson sports a 3-1-1 2.40 GAA (13th – AHL) and 0.928 SV% (9th – AHL) in five appearances.
Cameron Schilling scored the first overtime winner for the Moose this season when his goal won the game on Saturday in Bakersfield. The extra-time tally was the first of Schilling’s AHL career and his seventh-career game-winning goal in the regular season. The veteran defender has goals in two of his last three games and is tied for the Moose lead among defencemen with seven points (2G, 5A) in 12 games this season.
Manitoba saw its run of opening the scoring in 10 straight games come to an end Saturday in Bakersfield. After allowing the opening goal in their season opener in Grand Rapids, the Moose scored the first goal in every game until their meeting with the Condors. During that span, Manitoba posted a record of 5-3-1-1. Scoring the first goal 10 times, the Moose have opened the scoring more than any other AHL team with Stockton right behind them with nine.
The Moose wrap up their time in California this weekend with a set in San Jose, against the Barracuda (Nov. 11, 12). Then the team flies home on Monday and sets up for four straight at home. Make sure to visit: moosehockey.com/tickets for all home games, including the upcoming Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (Nov. 17), and/or the annual Share the Warmth game (Nov. 19).