Game Recap: Moose 4 at Rockford 3 OT
Manitoba Moose (30-10-3-2) at Rockford IceHogs (24-17-3-3)
Friday, February 2, 2018 – BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||OT||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||61:54||40||37|
|Rockford IceHogs||Collin Delia||61:54||50||46|
|1||13:05||MB||P. Cormier (18)||M. Appleton (27)||S. Niku (21)||PP||1-0 MB|
|1||17:44||RFD||A. Louis (8)||T. Kero (8)||W. Pelletier (11)||ES||1-1|
|2||4:04||RFD||T. Sikura (13)||A. Martinsen (13)||D. Raddysh (8)||ES||2-1 RFD|
|2||15:18||MB||J. Kostalek (1)||J. Harkins (7)||B. Sutter (2)||ES||2-2|
|3||11:05||MB||B. Lemieux (11)||B. Robinson (19)||P. Stoykewych (16)||PP||3-2 MB|
|3||18:02||RFD||L. Johnson (10)||A. Clendening (12)||A. Fortin (11)||ES||3-3|
|OT||1:54||MB||N. Petan (11)||S. Niku (22)||ES||4-3 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (30-10-3-2) kicked off a six-game road swing with a matchup against the Rockford IceHogs (24-17-3-3) on Friday night. Neither team could get the offence to connect in the early-going and it would take a Moose power play to get things rolling 13:05 into the frame. Mason Appleton drew attention from the Rockford penalty killers before setting up Patrice Cormier for the power play tally. The lead held until the final 2:16 of the period when Anthony Louis got some room and pounded a shot to the back of the Moose net to leave the game tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.
Rockford built on its late goal by taking the lead 4:04 into the second period. Andreas Martinson drove to the net and was denied by Eric Comrie, but Tyler Sikura followed up the play and popped home the rebound. The Moose came up with a key penalty kill 12:07 into the frame and got back on even footing just over a minute after Buddy Robinson’s penalty expired. Jansen Harkins moved the puck back to the point for Jan Kostalek who blasted home his first of the season with 4:42 left in the period. Brendan Lemieux fired one off the post moments later, narrowly missing pushing the Moose in front, and the score stayed 2-2 heading to the third.
The deadlock remained in place until the 11:05 mark of the final stanza when the Moose power play checked in again. Peter Stoykewych started a slick passing play that ran through Buddy Robinson and ended with Lemieux unloading a one-timer into the Rockford net. Manitoba looked to be headed for two points until Luke Johnson was able to walk in and squeeze a shot past Comrie to tie the game with 1:58 left. The late goal forced overtime which started slowly with the Moose carefully maintaining control of the puck for the first 90 seconds until the three-on-three period blew wide open. After a pair of Nic Petan chances failed to connect, the IceHogs broke away down the ice for an opportunity of their own. Comrie came up with the game-saving stop and Sami Niku turned the puck up-ice to Petan who cruised in on a breakaway and picked his spot to send the Moose to a 4-3 victory.
- The Moose matched a franchise record with their 30th win in their 45th game.
- JC Lipon played his 300th AHL game.
- Patrice Cormier matched a career high with his 18th goal of the season.
- The Moose posted 50 shots on goal; the most in a road game in franchise history.
- Peter Stoykewych set a new career high with his 16th assist of the season.
- Attendance was announced at 4,199.