Toronto Marlies (31-25-4-1) at Manitoba Moose (23-31-4-4)
Sunday, March 12, 2017 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Toronto Marlies||Antoine Bibeau||59:57||27||23|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||58:16||28||23|
|1||2:23||MB||Nelson Nogier (2)||Ryan Olsen (3)||ES||1-0 MB|
|1||3:37||TOR||Mike Sislo (8)||Andreas Johnsson (18)||Travis Dermott (18)||ES||1-1|
|1||15:38||MB||Brandon Tanev (3)||Brendan Lemeiux (8)||Scott Kosmachuk (13)||PP||2-1 MB|
|1||17:54||TOR||Brett Findlay (8)||Seth Griffith (21)||Kerby Rychel (28)||ES||2-2|
|2||2:57||TOR||Kerby Rychel (14)||Seth Griffith (22)||ES||3-2 TOR|
|2||5:32||MB||Patrice Cormier (11)||Kevin Czuczman (17)||Kyle Connor (14)||PP||3-3|
|3||7:00||TOR||William Wrenn (2)||Mike Sislo (16)||Andreas Johnsson (19)||ES||4-3 TOR|
|3||10:08||MB||Ryan Olsen (5)||Jimmy Lodge (9)||Kyle Connor (15)||ES||4-4|
|3||12:25||TOR||Kerby Rychel (15)||Andrew Nielsen (22)||Kasperi Kapanen (19)||PP||5-4|
The Manitoba Moose (23-31-4-4) turned back the clock on Retro Jersey Day against the Toronto Marlies (31-25-4-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Moose opened the scoring in their 1996-97 throwback jerseys as Nelson Nogier’s point shot found its way through a crowd in front for the 1996-born player’s second goal of the season. Toronto tied the game just 1:14 later when Mike Sislo dug the puck off the side of the Moose net and forced it over the line. Manitoba regained the advantage on the powerplay courtesy of Brandon Tanev sneaking a shot past Antoine Bibeau at 15:38. Toronto had a quick reply again as Brett Findlay tallied on a two-on-one to put the score at 2-2 after one period.
The Marlies took their first lead of the game 2:57 into the second. Kerby Rychel called his own number on an odd-man rush and snapped a shot to the back of the net. Manitoba had a quick answer of its own at the 5:32 mark. With the Moose on the powerplay, Kevin Czuczman wired a shot off Bibeau’s pad and Patrice Cormier flicked the rebound into the goal on his backhand to tie the game 3-3. Eric Comrie made sure the score stayed that way with a jaw-dropping pair of saves late in the frame. The Moose held a 22-18 edge in shots as the teams went to the third tied.
Toronto pulled back in front seven minutes into the third off the stick of defenceman William Wrenn. Continuing the trend of fast responses, the Moose tied it up 3:08 later. Jimmy Lodge sent Ryan Olsen a step ahead of the defence and Olsen cut across the crease on a nice backhand finish to tie the game 4-4. The back-and-forth continued when Kerby Rychel was able to strike for the Marlies on the powerplay with 7:35 left in the third. The Moose came within inches of tying the contest late, but Brenden Kichton’s shot went bar down and out with 1:15 remaining. The hosts couldn’t find a way to tie the game as Toronto came away with the 5-4 win.
- Patrice Cormier’s 11th goal of the season was his first powerplay marker.
- Kyle Connor has points in two straight games with three points (1G, 2A).
- Brendan Lemieux has points in three of his last four games with four points (2G, 2A).
- Game attendance was announced at 8,458.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “The process was right. If you run a marathon and you only think about the finish line, the first 10 (kilometres), if you forget to breathe you’re not going to finish the race. The process was right. We didn’t cross the finish line first, but we battled hard against a very good team. We bounced back. I really liked the way the guys worked, there was a pushback in the game. We fought hard for pucks, made some mistakes obviously, but the battle-level was right. We didn’t make it easy on them.”
Defenceman Kevin Czuczman – “Working hard is a skill. Guys learn it and to be a pro you’ve got to be able to work hard. You can only control so much in pro hockey like your attitude and how hard you work. I think that’s something our team is really working towards and part of the culture inside the entire Winnipeg Jets organization.”
The Moose and Marlies take a day before returning to action in a Tuesday night matchup at MTS Centre. Tickets for the 7 p.m. CT game are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.