Game Recap: Moose 4 at Senators 1By: Colin Peterson | Published: January 24th 2018
Manitoba Moose (27-10-3-2) at Belleville Senators (18-23-0-3)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||59:19||24||23|
|Belleville Senators||Danny Taylor||56:36||29||25|
|1||5:23||MB||D. Kramer (1)||ES||1-0 MB|
|1||12:24||MB||M. Spacek (7)||P. Cormier (10)||PP||2-0 MB|
|1||16:53||MB||N. Petan (10)||P. Cormier (11)||ES||3-0 MB|
|2||8:18||MB||M. Appleton (13)||N. Petan (14)||P. Cormier (12)||ES||4-0 MB|
|2||18:54||BEL||M. McCormick (7)||J. O’Brien (13)||SH||4-1 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (27-10-3-2) began a stretch of nine straight games away from Bell MTS Place on Wednesday night, at Yardmen Arena, against the Belleville Senators (18-23-0-3). A fast start led to a dominant first frame for the Moose. Darren Kramer started off the scoring just over five minutes in, winning a puck battle and snapping home his first of the season. The fourth line of Kramer, Garrett Meurs, and Elgin Pearce caused a lot of problems for Belleville in period one. Meurs had several high-quality chances, including hitting a post before drawing an interference penalty. That power play only lasted four seconds when Michael Spacek scored his seventh of the season off Patrice Cormier’s face-off win. Less than five minutes later, Nic Petan set a new career-high in points (33) when he turned a Belleville turnover into goal number three for the Moose. The puck took several strange bounces before finding it’s way past Danny Taylor and into the net.
Belleville started the second much stronger, registering the first five shots of the period. The Moose started to take momentum back around the six-minute mark and soon after, Petan’s backhand pass found the stick of Mason Appleton, who scored his 13th goal of the season. Cormier had the second assist on the goal, his third assist of the night. Late in the frame, with Manitoba on their third powerplay of the game, a turnover on the boards turned in to a two-on-one. Jim O’Brien passed to Max McCormick, who got the Senators onto the scoreboard.
Manitoba shut down the Senators defensively in the third period. After a fourth penalty by Belleville, the Moose found some chances on the powerplay, Sami Niku with the best of them, but they couldn’t get one by Taylor. The penalty kill seemed to fuel the Senators who had two great chances that narrowly missed the net almost immediately afterwards. A late penalty to Sami Niku resulted in some chances for Belleville in the last three minutes, but Eric Comrie and the penalty kill shut the door.
- Nic Petan reached a new career-high with 33 points (10G, 23A) in 35 games.
- Darren Kramer’s goal was his first point of the season, in his 11th game.
- Attendance was announced at 3,003.
The Moose have two more games before they break for the AHLAll-Star Classic on Sunday. They’ll play a two game set with the Laval Rocket this weekend (Jan. 26/27). You can catch those games on moosehockey.com/listenlive/, through the Moose App, or on TSN 1290 starting 15 minutes before puck drop.