Game Recap: San Jose 2 at Moose 5
Manitoba Moose (24-6-1-2) vs. San Jose Barracuda (15-12-0-2)
Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
|San Jose Barracuda||0||2||0||2|
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|San Jose Barracuda||4||8||11||23|
|San Jose Barracuda||0/5||9/12||49|
|San Jose Barracuda||Antoine Bibeau||58:07||38||33|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||59:23||23||21|
|1||4:22||MB||Michael Spacek (5)||Sami Niku (17)||Brendan Lemieux (13)||PP||1-0 MB|
|1||11:17||MB||Chase De Leo (7)||Mike Sgarbossa (16)||ES||2-0 MB|
|2||8:20||SJ||Brandon Mashinter (6)||Adam Helewka (12)||Julius Bergman (4)||ES||2-1 MB|
|2||10:35||SJ||Adam Helewka (5)||Gus Young (1)||ES||2-2|
|2||13:27||MB||Chase De Leo (8)||Buddy Robinson (16)||Cameron Schilling (18)||PP||3-2 MB|
|3||0:32||MB||Buddy Robinson (13)||Peter Stoykewych (13)||Sami Niku (18)||ES||4-2 MB|
|3||13:28||MB||Nic Petan (7)||Michael Spacek (8)||Chase De Leo (14)||PP||5-2 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (24-6-1-2) and San Jose Barracuda (15-12-0-2) finished off 2017 with a matinee clash at Bell MTS Place on Sunday. Manitoba’s power play got the Moose on the board at 4:22 on a Michael Spacek one-timer. The home-side extended the advantage at 11:17, courtesy of a slick feed from Michael Sgarbossa to Chase De Leo, who finished off the play. Manitoba controlled the play in the first, outshooting San Jose by a 12-4 count.
San Jose battled back in the second period. Antoine Bibeau kept the visitors in reach with a pair of stops as the Moose came up with two great chances on the penalty kill. Brandon Mashinter got the Barracuda within one at 8:20 of the frame and he was followed by Adam Helewka just 2:15 later to set the score at 2-2. The Moose pulled back in front, courtesy of another power play goal, at 13:27 of the frame. Buddy Robinson set the table for Chase De Leo who fired a one-timer past Bibeau along the ice. The go-ahead marker held up to the break with the Moose taking a 3-2 lead to the third.
Just 32 seconds into the final stanza, Peter Stoykewych’s point shot redirected into the net off Buddy Robinson to restore Manitoba’s two-goal edge. The game took on a feisty air as the teams combined for 54 penalty minutes in the period. Manitoba was able to capitalize on one of its trips to the power play with Nic Petan ripping a shot to the twine at 13:28. Petan’s marker capped off the scoring as the Moose rolled to a 5-2 victory to earn a season series split (2-2-0-0) with the Barracuda.
- The Moose scored three power play goals for the second time this season.
- Chase De Leo recorded his second three point (2G, 1A) game of the season.
- Attendance was announced at 9,866.
- A total of 16,794 fans attended this weekend’s games.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “Having those people in the building and supporting us makes a huge difference. It creates a different kind of energy, it makes a huge difference for us. We feel it and we know they’re there. It’s an extra motivation. We want to make (the fans) feel proud about supporting their team so it’s really good.”
Forward Chase De Leo – “Obviously, there’s a lot of season left, and it keeps getting harder and harder, but if we keep playing like we played tonight, we’ll get there.”
The Moose hit the road for a pair of games in Chicago and Iowa on Jan 5 and 6. Tune in to both contests on moosehockey.com/listenlive starting at 6:45 p.m. CT.