|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Tucson Roadrunners||Marek Langhamer||59:00||37||33|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||60:00||31||28|
|1||6:50||MB||Francis Beauvillier (4)||Dan DeSalvo (21)||Luke Green (1)||ES||1-0 MB|
|1||12:47||MB||Darren Kramer (3)||Ryan Olsen (4)||Brenden Kichton (22)||ES||2-0 MB|
|1||17:52||TUC||Chris Mueller (18)||Michael Bunting (11)||Jamie McBain (32)||PP||2-1 MB|
|2||10:49||TUC||Mitch Moroz (4)||Trevor Cheek (4)||Mark Cooper (1)||ES||2-2|
|2||18:17||MB||JC Lipon (11)||Patrice Cormier (15)||ES||3-2 MB|
|3||8:32||TUC||Michael Bunting (13)||Christian Fischer (26)||Chris Mueller (46)||ES||3-3|
|3||10:09||MB||Ryan Olsen (7)||Eric Comrie (1)||ES||4-3 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (28-36-5-5) closed the book on their 2016-17 home schedule at MTS Centre on Sunday afternoon against the Tucson Roadrunners (26-31-7-0). A raucous crowd came to its feet 6:50 into the game when Francis Beauvillier jammed home a rebound to open the scoring for Manitoba. With just over seven minutes remaining in the period, Darren Kramer busted in off the wing and his shot beat Marek Langhamer to build the Moose lead to 2-0. Tucson got one back before the end of the period as Chris Mueller struck on the power play with 2:08 remaining to put the score at 2-1. Dan DeSalvo nearly restored the two-goal edge, but his shot found iron with five seconds left.
Manitoba continued to be vexed by the posts in the second when Michael Spacek’s slap shot rattled away from the net early in the period. The Roadrunners pulled even at 10:49 with Mitch Moroz’s sharp angle shot finding the back of the net. With the minutes ticking down, Patrice Cormier stole the puck from Langhamer behind the net and setup JC Lipon to put Manitoba in front 3-2 heading to the break.
The Roadrunners had a great opportunity to tie the game when Jalen Smereck was awarded a penalty shot 8:08 into the third. Eric Comrie came up with the big stop to keep the Moose in front, but Tucson found its third goal just 24 seconds later. Michael Bunting tipped Christian Fischer’s shot to move the game to even footing. Just across the 10-minute mark, with the Roadrunners pressing deep in the Manitoba zone, Ryan Olsen scooped up the puck, drove down the wing and shoveled the it in front of the Tucson net. It skittered in off a defender’s skate to give the Moose a 4-3 lead. Manitoba held onto the lead to post its third victory of the four-game home stand.
- The Moose presented their year-end awards prior to the game: http://mbmoo.se/2oPeiZc
- Ryan Olsen’s game winner was his career-high seventh goal of the season.
- Luke Green tallied his first professional assist and point.
- Eric Comrie posted his first professional assist in his 100th AHL appearance.
- Game attendance was announced at 8,152.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “Playing in front of those people is special when there’s a bigger crowd and it sounded like that. It’s like a relationship with those people, with those fans. We feel their presence, that’s for sure. We feel the crowd and it certainly helps the players. We want to give back as well. We want to work hard and make them proud.”
Ryan Olsen – “Amazing crowd today. They’ve been supportive all year and it was good for us to get (the win) for them.”
The Moose close out the season with a two-game set in Cleveland on Thursday and Friday in a pair of 6 p.m. CT matchups. Tune in to the action on TSN 1290 and moosehockey.com/listenlive both nights, starting 15 minutes before puck drop.