Moose look to tag back Griffins
After a 5-2 loss in the first game of the season, the Manitoba Moose get a chance to move past it quickly with the second game of a weekend series against the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight at 6 p.m. CST.
MAKING IT LOOK MACL-EASY
Cam Maclise didn’t waste any time picking up his first AHL goal. The rookie scored a shorthanded marker in the second period of last night’s game. A standout the previous two seasons at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB, Maclise closed out 2016-17 with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL where he won the Kelly Cup with the club. Maclise posted 12 points (5G, 7A) in 20 playoff games with Colorado.
ON THE BOARD
Maclise wasn’t the only rookie on the score sheet last night. Mason Appleton picked up an assist on Peter Stoykewych’s third period marker for his first career point. Appleton also finished the game with a team-leading plus-two rating. Appleton is in his first season as a pro after two seasons at Michigan State University where he totaled 53 points (17G, 36A) in 72 games.
Kale Kessy made an early impression this season. After playing 16 games with the Moose in 2016-17 recording one assist, Kessy let his hands do the talking last night. Kessy fought Grand Rapids’ Dan Renouf in the third period to try to spark his team, eventually scoring the knockdown and the first five-minute major of the Moose season.
HEADING FOR ONE HUNDRED
Defenseman Cam Schilling nicely set-up Maclise on the first goal of the season in the second frame of Friday’s game. Schilling was an off-season signing by the Winnipeg Jets and now sits at 99 AHL points in 356 career games.
The Chicago Wolves were the only other team in the Central Division playing last night, losing 5-6 to Texas. On Saturday night, all seven teams hit the ice, including three inter-division matchups with the Moose in Grand Rapids, Rockford taking on Cleveland, and Milwaukee visiting Iowa.
After games two in Grand Rapids, the Moose head home to prepare for Friday, October 13th’s home opener against the Cleveland Monsters. Grab your tickets for the 7 p.m. CST start and all other Manitoba Moose home games at: moosehockey.com/tickets/.