Grand Rapids Griffins (43-22-1-4) at Manitoba Moose (26-36-4-5)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
|Grand Rapids Griffins||0||0||1||1|
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||6||14||15||36|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||0/4||1/3||6|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||Jared Coreau||59:00||26||24|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||59:47||36||35|
|1||17:21||MB||Danick Gauthier (1)||Patrice Cormier (13)||Kevin Czuczman (21)||PP||1-0 MB|
|2||8:17||MB||Scott Kosmachuk (10)||Francis Beauvillier (1)||Brian Strait (11)||ES||2-0 MB|
|3||18:43||GR||Matt Lorito (21)||Joe Hicketts (25)||Kyle Criscuolo (23)||SH||2-1 MB|
|3||19:39||MB||Francis Beauvillier (3)||Dan DeSalvo (20)||Patrice Cormier (14)||PP/EN||3-1 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (26-36-4-5) opened their final home stand of the season against the Central Division leading Grand Rapids Griffins (43-22-1-4) on Tuesday night. Eric Comrie and the Moose penalty kill did their part to keep the game scoreless early. Manitoba erased a Griffins five-on-three with some help from a great post-to-post save by Comrie. It took until the final three minutes of the period to break the ice. With the Moose on the powerplay, a loose puck came to Danick Gauthier in the faceoff circle and he fired home his first with Manitoba. The lone goal of the frame sent the Moose to the break with a 1-0 lead.
Comrie continued to impress in the second period. The second-year pro turned aside 14 shots in the frame including some highlight reel material to keep the Griffins off the board through 40 minutes. The Moose repaid their goaltender with an insurance goal 8:17 into the period. Francis Beauvillier started Scott Kosmachuk on a two-on-one and Kosmachuk called his own number, beating Jared Coreau to give the Moose a 2-0 advantage.
The Moose held their 2-0 lead until the final minutes of the third as Comrie made 14 more stops in the period. With the Moose on the powerplay, Matt Lorito tipped a Joe Hicketts feed past Comrie, off the rush, to break up the shutout bid with 1:17 left in the game. With the Grand Rapids net empty, Francis Beauvillier took advantage of the open cage to remove any doubt with 21 seconds left as the Moose grabbed the 2-1 win.
- Phil Brewer made his Manitoba Moose and AHL debut.
- Danick Gauthier made his Moose debut, scoring his first goal with Manitoba.
- Scott Kosmachuk is the eighth player on the Moose to score 10 goals this season.
- Francis Beauvillier notched his second multi-point contest in the last four games.
- Game attendance was announced at 4,159.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent on winning against a division leader – “Well it’s really nice. It reinforces what we’ve been trying to do all year. The foundation is working hard and if you work hard you give yourself a chance. We worked hard tonight. We had a bunch of new players. Assistant coaches Eric and Mark Morrison did a really good job preparing the team as well so it was a team effort”
Goaltender Eric Comrie – “We got a lot of positive things we can take from that game and some things to learn from. At the end of the day, if we play our game we’re a tough team to play against and that’s what we’ve got to keep doing.”
The Moose and Griffins get right back to it Wednesday night at MTS Centre. Tickets for the 7 p.m. CT puck drop are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.