Manitoba Moose (28-37-5-5) at Cleveland Monsters (39-28-4-4)
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||58:31||29||24|
|Cleveland Monsters||Anton Forsberg||60:00||36||32|
|1||4:34||MB||JC Lipon (12)||Brenden Kichton (22)||Patrice Cormier (16)||ES||1-0 MB|
|2||0:53||MB||Jansen Harkins (1)||Brian Strait (12)||JC Lipon (17)||ES||2-0 MB|
|2||1:10||MB||Jansen Harkins (2)||JC Lipon (18)||Nelson Nogier (11)||ES||3-0 MB|
|2||8:46||CLE||Alex Broadhurst (11)||Dean Kukan (25)||Zac Dalpe (5)||PP||3-1 MB|
|2||10:49||CLE||Dean Kukan (4)||Zac Dalpe (6)||PP||3-2 MB|
|2||12:42||CLE||T.J. Tynan (12)||Vitaly Abramov (2)||Ryan Craig (11)||PP||3-3|
|2||14:42||CLE||Joe Pendenza (9)||Sonny Milano (29)||Zac Dalpe (7)||ES||4-3 CLE|
|2||19:04||MB||Kyle Connor (24)||Dan DeSalvo (22)||Kevin Czuczman (23)||PP||4-4|
|3||8:34||CLE||Markus Hannikainen (19)||Sam Vigneault (4)||Vitaly Abramov (3)||ES||5-4 CLE|
The Manitoba Moose (28-37-5-5) and Cleveland Monsters (39-28-4-4) clashed in the opener of a two-game set at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Moose got off to a quick start, breaking the ice 4:34 into the first period. With Manitoba applying pressure, the puck found JC Lipon in the faceoff circle and he snapped a shot past Anton Forsberg. Eric Comrie put on a show at the other end of the ice, making a couple highlight reel stops to keep the Moose in front 1-0 after 20 minutes. The Moose penalty kill went 2/2 in the opening frame.
Jansen Harkins got the second period started off right for the Moose. Harkins scored goals 17 seconds apart to have the Moose in front 3-0 by the 1:10 mark of the second. That score held until 8:46 into the period when Alex Broadhurst got Cleveland on the board with a power play goal. The Monsters didn’t stop there, getting two more power play markers from Dean Kukan and T.J. Tynan to get the game tied 3-3 at 12:42 of the period. Two minutes later, Joe Pendenza gave the Monsters their first lead of the night, one-timing a Sonny Milano cross-crease pass to the twine. The Moose stopped the run with 56 seconds left in the period when Kyle Connor knocked in a rebound on his backhand to send the game to the third, tied 4-4.
Manitoba nearly grabbed the lead on a shorthanded chance early in the frame. Kyle Connor sent Jack Roslovic in alone, but the Moose leading scorer’s shot rang off the crossbar. A couple minutes later, at the 8:34 mark, Markus Hannikainen accepted a drop pass in tight and was able to bury the puck past a sprawling Comrie for the 5-4 Cleveland lead. The Moose put the full press on late, but Anton Forsberg stood on his head in the final moments, including a post-to-post save to help Cleveland take the 5-4 win.
- The Moose opened the scoring for the fifth straight game.
- Jansen Harkins notched his first career multi-goal game.
- JC Lipon had a three-point night, reaching the 30-point mark for the second straight year.
- Game attendance was announced at 7,498.
The Moose and Monsters close the book on the regular season tomorrow night at Quicken Loans Arena in a 6 p.m. CT matchup. Tune in to the final game of the season on TSN 1290 and at moosehockey.com/listenlive starting 15 minutes before puck drop.