Rockford IceHogs (21-24-8-3) at Manitoba Moose (19-27-3-4)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||OT||F|
|Rockford IceHogs||Lars Johansson||65:00||35||35|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||64:56||26||26|
|SOW||—||RFD||Spencer Abbott||SO||1-0 RFD|
The Manitoba Moose (19-27-3-4) closed out their set against the Rockford IceHogs (21-24-8-3) at MTS Centre on Wednesday night. The Moose came out with some jump and outshot the IceHogs 11-4 in the period. Unfortunately for the home-side, Lars Johansson turned away all 11 shots. Both teams had a full powerplay opportunity and an abbreviated chance each, but couldn’t convert as the squads went to the break tied 0-0.
Manitoba came out firing in the second. The Moose built up a 20-5 lead on the shot clock by the mid-point of the period. Rockford pushed back, getting eight pucks toward Eric Comrie after that point. The Moose goaltender faced down all nine IceHogs shots in the period. At the other end of the ice, Johansson stopped the 11 Moose attempts heading his way for a 0-0 tie into the second intermission.
The third period saw both teams unable to solve their opposing goaltender. Both Comrie and Johansson turned away 12 shots in the third to push the game into overtime scoreless. Neither team gave an inch in the 3-on-3 period with the Moose mustering two shots and IceHogs just one. In the shootout, Johansson stayed perfect, turning away three Moose shooters while Spencer Abbott finally solved Comrie to give Rockford the 1-0 win. For reaching the shootout in a scoreless tie, both goaltenders were credited with a shutout.
- Eric Comrie’s second shutout of the season is a career high.
- Kyle Connor led the Moose with a season-high eight shots.
- Julian Melchiori and Brandon Tanev returned to the Moose lineup after being re-assigned by the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the day on Wednesday.
- Game attendance was announced at 3,891.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent on Eric Comrie – “(He was) pretty good. It was a tough game for him, because he didn’t have shots for periods of time and then he got four or five really good scoring chances against. So for him to stay focused… it was a pretty good game. He was really good.”
Goaltender Eric Comrie – “I thought we played good game. I thought we were really solid. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t get the win, but I thought our team played the right way tonight.”
The Moose have two days off game action before they welcome the San Antonio Rampage to MTS Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. CT) and Sunday (2 p.m. CT). Tickets to both matchups are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.