Game Recap: Grand Rapids 3 at Moose 2 OTBy: Daniel Fink | Published: January 8th 2018
Manitoba Moose (25-6-3-2) vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (17-16-1-4)
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
|Grand Rapids Griffins||2||0||0||1||3|
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||OT||F|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||15||9||7||2||33|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||0/3||3/3||6|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||Tom McCollum||63:07||35||33|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||62:45||33||30|
|1||1:59||GR||Matthew Ford (15)||Evgeny Svechnikov (5)||Axel Holmstrom (11)||ES||1-0 GR|
|1||15:00||GR||Eric Tangradi (11)||ES||2-0 GR|
|3||17:23||MB||Cameron Schilling (5)||Tucker Poolman (2)||Mason Appleton (22)||EX||2-1 GR|
|3||17:59||MB||Nic Petan (8)||Patrice Cormier (7)||ES||2-2|
|OT||3:21||GR||Filip Hronek (3)||Evgeny Svechnikov (6)||Brian Lashoff (4)||ES||3-2 GR|
The Manitoba Moose (25-6-3-2) started out a six-game home stand by hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins (17-16-1-4) at Bell MTS Place on Monday night. The visitors opened the scoring just two minutes into the game as Matthew Ford pounced on the puck sitting loose in the crease. Buddy Robinson nearly got the Moose even off a shot in close, but Griffins netminder Tom McCollum flashed his glove to rob the big forward. Grand Rapids extended its lead with five minutes left in the period when Eric Tangradi stole a pass at the Griffins’ blue-line, broke in alone and scored on the backhand. Grand Rapids carried the 2-0 edge into the intermission.
The teams traded chances in the second, but the goalies held the teams off the board. Michael Hutchinson and McCollum each made nine saves in the frame. Manitoba’s best opportunity came off a perfect pass from Darren Kramer over to Jimmy Lodge who fired a shot through McCollum, but the puck stopped just shy of the goal line with two seconds left in the period.
The third period had some early flow and stoppages were a rarity for the first 10 minutes as both teams worked through a chess match. The Moose weren’t able to capitalize on a late power play, but for the second time in three games, found success with Hutchinson on the bench. With time ticking away and the goaltender out for the extra attacker, Cameron Schilling ripped a shot from the point that found its way through a crowd in front to get the Moose within one with 2:37 left. Just 36 seconds later, Nic Petan deflected a Patrice Cormier pass to the back of the net to tie the contest 2-2. Overtime saw the Griffins rebound from the Moose comeback as Filip Hronek fired a shot that deflected off a stick and to the twine to give Grand Rapids the 3-2 victory.
- Tucker Poolman registered an assist in his first game back with the Moose since Nov. 17.
- Nic Petan extended his point streak to 10 games, the second-longest active streak in the AHL.
- Attendance was announced at 3,045.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “Right now, we’re getting a little bit away from who we are, and it happens in the season. It’s not about the call-ups or injuries. It’s about opportunities. And, right now, we’re just a little bit off and we need to come back on track.
Defenceman Cameron Schilling – “We’re still getting points in these games, but it’s not our best hockey. As long as we can take away from this as much as we can, and moving forward kind of build off of it. You know, we have to show up every night. That will help us build for the long run.”
The Moose and Griffins clash again on Wednesday night in a 7 p.m. matchup. Tickets are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.