Game Recap: Bakersfield 4 at Moose 3
Manitoba Moose (40-25-4-4) vs. Bakersfield Condors (30-25-9-1)
Saturday, April 8, 2018 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Bakersfield Condors||Laurent Brossoit||60:00||23||20|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||59:42||27||23|
|2||4:24||MB||C. De Leo (12)||JC Lipon (20)||M. Sgarbossa (23)||ES||1-0 MB|
|2||16:24||MB||M. Spacek (16)||B. Lemieux (23)||C. De Leo (21)||ES||2-0 MB|
|3||3:48||BAK||T. Vesel (1)||J. Currie (25)||ES||2-1 MB|
|3||8:28||BAK||P. Russell (13)||B. Malone (19)||SH||2-2|
|3||13:05||BAK||D. Gust (12)||J. LaLeggia (27)||Z. O’Brien (16)||PP||3-2 BAK|
|3||15:58||MB||S. Niku (16)||M. Appleton (42)||B. Sutter (8)||PP||3-3|
|3||19:01||BAK||P. Russell (14)||B. Malone (20)||SH||4-3 BAK|
The Manitoba Moose (40-25-4-4) played the final home game of their regular season schedule on Sunday against the Bakersfield Condors (30-25-9-1). The first period saw both teams take turns sustaining pressure in the offensive zone, but scoring chances were tough to come by. Eric Comrie turned away 10 shots in the Moose net, while Laurent Brossoit made 11 saves for the Condors. The teams went to the break in a scoreless draw.
Manitoba opened the scoring 4:24 into the second period when JC Lipon sprung Chase De Leo on a break and De Leo tucked his shot in off the post. Comrie continued to hold the Condors back by stopping nine Condors opportunities in the period. The Moose added to their lead late in the frame courtesy of a play started by a De Leo takeaway. After knocking down a clearing attempt, De Leo fed Brendan Lemieux in the slot for a chance. Lemieux was turned away, but Michael Spacek was there to put back the rebound for a 2-0 Moose lead after two periods.
Bakersfield got on the board 3:48 into the period as Tyler Vesel fired a shot to the twine off the rush. The Condors pulled even at 8:28 on a shorthanded Patrick Russell breakaway. The visitors grabbed the lead with seven minutes to go when David Gust picked a corner on the power play. With just four minutes to go, the Moose responded with a power play goal of their own on a Sami Niku blast from the point. Manitoba went back to the power play with just over a minute remaining, but Russell struck again shorthanded to put the Condors in front with 59 seconds remaining. The Moose couldn’t manufacture a tying marker as they fell by a 4-3 score.
- The Moose finish their regular season home schedule with a 17-17-2-2 record.
- Brody Sutter has points in five straight games with five points (3G, 2A).
- Chase De Leo has points in three straight games with four points (1G, 3A).
- JC Lipon tallied his 20th assist for the third time in his career.
- Attendance was announced at 6,568.
Forward Mason Appleton – “Right now it’s all about the team game. Obviously, you want to be feeling good personally, but this is the time of the year when wins are the only thing that matter. You score five goals in a game or zero, all you want to do is win. It’s the most important, so we’ll be looking to do our best team game for the final three.”
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “Have to go back to some basic stuff, that’s for sure. You need to run your routes fast. When your five-on-five game is not good, not too often I’ve seen the special teams be great. It goes hand-in-hand. I thought five-on-five second period was better, but we didn’t make the decisions with enough urgency and you can see it in the power play and the penalty kill.”
The Moose head out on the road to finish the regular season with a pair of games in Cleveland (Thursday/Friday) and their season finale in Chicago next Sunday. All three games can be heard on TSN 1290 and at moosehockey.com/listenlive.
Manitoba Moose Calder Cup Playoff tickets are on sale now and available at moosehockey.com/tickets.