Game Recap: San Antonio 2 at Moose 7
Manitoba Moose (22-5-1-2) vs. San Antonio Rampage (16-11-2-0)
Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
|San Antonio Rampage||1||0||1||2|
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|San Antonio Rampage||12||5||18||35|
|San Antonio Rampage||1/6||3/5||10|
|San Antonio Rampage||Ville Husso||40:00||33||28|
|San Antonio Rampage||Spencer Martin||20:00||7||5|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||60:00||35||33|
|1||3:22||SA||Trent Vogelhuber (2)||Brendan Ranford (7)||Andrei Mironov (5)||ES||1-0 SA|
|1||7:46||MB||Mason Appleton (10)||Nic Petan (16)||ES||1-1|
|2||3:02||MB||Sami Niku (4)||Jack Roslovic (17)||Nic Petan (17)||PP||2-1 MB|
|2||11:34||MB||Jack Roslovic (15)||Mason Appleton (19)||Kirill Gotovets (5)||ES||3-1 MB|
|2||14:08||MB||Nic Petan (6)||Sami Niku (16)||Jack Roslovic (18)||PP||4-1 MB|
|2||19:50||MB||Patrice Cormier (14)||Buddy Robinson (15)||SH||5-1 MB|
|3||1:47||SA||Rocco Grimaldi (10)||Alex Belzile (9)||A.J. Greer (3)||PP||5-2 MB|
|3||3:38||MB||Michael Spacek (4)||Jansen Harkins (6)||Cam Maclise (3)||ES||6-2 MB|
|3||3:50||MB||Mike Sgarbossa (10)||JC Lipon (9)||Chase De Leo (12)||ES||7-2 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (22-5-1-2) and San Antonio Rampage (16-11-2-0) clashed for the first time this season on Thursday night at Bell MTS Place. The visitors got the scoring going 3:22 into the game when Trent Vogelhuber found some space in the slot and made a move to the backhand, sliding the puck past Michael Hutchinson. Manitoba tied the game at 7:46 off Mason Appleton’s 10th goal of the season, courtesy of a quick feed out of the corner from Nic Petan. The Moose fired 17 shots on goal, but only cashed in on the one tally, heading to the second tied 1-1.
The Moose took their first lead of the contest 3:02 into the middle frame as Sami Niku stepped into a slap shot on the power play, ripping his fourth of the campaign by Ville Husso. The Moose started to pull away at 11:34, when a three-on-one produced a gorgeous cross-ice feed from Mason Appleton to Jack Roslovic who roofed the puck for a two-goal edge. The Moose power play cashed in again, this time Niku set the table for Petan who unleashed a one-timer to put the Moose ahead 4-1. Manitoba closed out the period with a shorthanded goal from Patrice Cormier as he picked a Buddy Robinson feed out of the air to send the Moose to the intermission ahead 5-1.
San Antonio opened the third with a power play goal off a wicked Rocco Grimaldi shot to cut into the Moose lead 1:47 into the period. Manitoba responded quickly, restoring the four-goal lead at 3:38 of the frame. Coming in on a two-on-one rush, Michael Spacek’s centering pass for Jansen Harkins redirected into the goal off a defender’s skate. Just 12 seconds later, JC Lipon pushed a pass into the slot for Mike Sgarbossa who lifted a backhander into the goal for a 7-2 Moose lead. Michael Hutchinson closed out the night having made 33 saves on 35 shots as the Moose won their fifth in a row.
- The Moose set a franchise record, going 12 straight games without a home regulation loss.
- Manitoba is 18-1-1 in its last 20 games.
- Four Moose skaters are ranked among the AHL’s top 20 scorers (Roslovic, Appleton, Robinson, Sgarbossa).
- Attendance was announced at 3,874.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “I think we can improve everything. I think we’re still establishing our team identity. We have good speed to defend and to create offence, but I think we have another gear. We’re 30 games into the season so we’ve been managing the success pretty good, staying humble, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
Forward Patrice Cormier – “I think we thrive when other teams try to be physical. We start pushing back, we start moving our feet, putting pucks deep, and that’s the way we have to play if we want to win games, and we’ve been doing it. The power play was good tonight, a huge part of our win. It seems like everything is kind of clicking, and hopefully we can have a big finish before Christmas.”
The Moose play their final game ahead of the holiday break on Friday against the Rampage for the Moose Holiday Game featuring a Mini Mick E. Moose Gnome giveaway for the first 3,000 fans in attendance. Tickets are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.