Moose try for back-to-back winsBy: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: October 20th 2017
The Manitoba Moose are in Des Moines this weekend, for back-to-back games against their rival, the Iowa Wild. The teams met twice in the preseason, but see each other for the first time when it counts, tonight, when the puck drops at 7 p.m. (CST). Listen to the action live at moosehockey.com/listenlive starting at 6:45 p.m.
LET’S GET WILD
Tonight marks a rare occasion in which both the NHL and AHL teams of two organizations meet on the same night. While the Moose are in Des Moines to face the AHL’s Wild, the NHL’s Wild are in Winnipeg to battle the Jets.
ON THE BOARD
Back in the lineup after missing the first three games of the campaign due to injury, Jansen Harkins found the net quickly in his first game of the season. The rookie tallied on his first shot of the season, four minutes into the game on Sunday to open the scoring. Entering his first full season of professional hockey, Harkins has eight points (4G, 4A) in 11 career AHL games.
MOVING ON UP
Manitoba’s lineup looks a little different this weekend as forwards Kyle Connor and Brendan Lemieux were both called up by the Winnipeg Jets. The young wingers both started the season quickly for the Moose, scoring five points (3G, 2A) in the first four games of the season. Connor played with the Jets on Tuesday against Columbus, scoring his first NHL goal of the season. Lemieux, meanwhile, is scheduled to play his first NHL game tonight.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
With Connor and Lemieux being called up, second-year forward Jack Roslovic now leads the current roster in both goals and points, (2G, 3A). The 2016-17 Moose scoring leader also rides a three-game point streak into tonight’s game.
LOOKING FOR REVENGE
Last season, Manitoba was 2-4-1-1 against the Wild, however, but the Moose found success at Wells Fargo Arena, winning twice in Des Moine in 2016-17. The Moose currently sit third in the Central Division (2-2-0-0), while Iowa holds the seventh spot (1-3-0-0). The teams split their 2017 pre-season set in North Dakota with the Moose grabbing a 3-2 win in Grand Forks and the Wild winning 2-1 in Fargo.
The Moose and Wild get right back at it, with the second game of their weekend series on Saturday night in a 7 p.m. matchup. Saturday’s game will air live on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com starting 15 minutes before puck drop.
Next week, the Moose head to Chicago for a mid-week matinee game (11:00 a.m. CST) before heading home for an October 27th match-up with Belleville. Grab your tickets at: moosehockey.com/tickets/.
Photo Credit: Nick Nelson