Rockford IceHogs (22-30-9-3) at Manitoba Moose (23-32-4-5)
Friday, March 17, 2017 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||OT||F|
|Rockford IceHogs||Jeff Glass||64:27||38||37|
|Manitoba Moose||Jamie Phillips||64:38||32||31|
|3||1:04||RFD||Kyle Baun (13)||Tyler Motte (5)||ES||1-0 RFD|
|3||11:14||MB||Chase De Leo (13)||Scott Kosmachuk (15)||Quinton Howden (11)||ES||1-1|
|SOW||—||RFD||Anthony Louis||SO||2-1 RFD|
The Manitoba Moose (23-32-4-5) hosted the Rockford IceHogs (22-30-9-3) in a St. Patrick’s Day matchup at MTS Centre on Friday night. The first period was a defensive struggle with the teams battling for their chances. The Moose came close on two opportunities. The first was a ricocheting puck that looked to be heading into the Rockford goal until Jeff Glass kicked it away with his skate blade at the last moment. Dan DeSalvo almost opened the scoring minutes later when he launched a shot while falling to the ice, but Glass came across to turn away the Moose forward. The teams went to the break in a scoreless tie.
Patrice Cormier thought he opened the scoring early in the second after jamming a puck past Glass’ pad and into the goal, but the goal was quickly waved off due to the play being blown down. Jake Baker and Jake Dowell raised the temperature of the game when they dropped the gloves 5:42 into the period. The goaltenders remained perfect through 40 minutes with Jamie Phillips making 20 saves in the first two periods and Glass turning aside 22.
Rockford didn’t take long to open the scoring when the teams got back on the ice for the third. Kyle Baun deposited the puck into a wide open net after Tyler Motte rang a shot off the post. The Moose wouldn’t be held off the scoresheet on the evening as Chase De Leo brought the game to a 1-1 draw in with 8:46 to go. De Leo pounced on a loose puck in the slot and wired home the tying goal. The game rolled over into overtime where the Moose outshot Rockford 5-1, but couldn’t beat Glass. The Rockford goalie remained sharp in the shootout, turning away all three Moose. Playing in his first AHL game, Anthony Louis scored the shootout winner to give Rockford the extra point in the 2-1 game.
- Scott Kosmachuk has assists in three straight games.
- Quinton Howden needs one more point to reach 100 in his AHL career.
- Game attendance was announced at 4,802.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent – “The start of the game when we were moving the puck we had no support to the puck carrier. That’s what we did better in the second and especially in the third.”
Goaltender Jamie Phillips – “My rebounds were alittle all over the place to start. That happens when you sit out for a week or two. After that I was able to calm down and try to give the guys a chance.”
The Moose and IceHogs clash again Saturday night in the final game of their season series. Tickets for the 7 p.m. CT puck drop are available at moosehockey.com/tickets. One lucky fan attending Saturday’s game will be the five millionth fan to attend a Moose game and will take home fantastic prizes including a pair of 2017-18 Manitoba Moose Season Seats.