Game Recap: Toronto 5 at Moose 4By: Daniel Fink | Published: March 31st 2018
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Toronto Marlies||Garret Sparks||60:00||32||28|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||58:08||36||31|
|1||7:52||TOR||M. Aaltonen (18)||A. Nielsen (15)||J. Bracco (21)||PP||1-0 TOR|
|1||10:10||TOR||T. Moore (11)||ES||2-0 TOR|
|1||11:55||MB||D. Kramer (3)||ES||2-1 TOR|
|1||17:15||MB||M. Appleton (21)||B. Robinson (26)||S. Niku (36)||PP||2-2|
|2||4:02||MB||C.J. Suess (1)||JC Lipon (19)||N. Nogier (1)||ES||3-2 MB|
|2||13:59||TOR||C. Rosen (3)||D. Timashov (19)||C. Mueller (31)||ES||3-3|
|3||1:25||TOR||B. Smith (27)||SH||4-3 TOR|
|3||3:13||MB||B. Sutter (7)||S. Niku (37)||C. De Leo (19)||ES||4-4|
|3||7:55||TOR||J. Bracco (5)||P. Engvall (2)||C. Rosen (18)||PP||5-4 TOR|
The Manitoba Moose (39-24-4-4) and Toronto Marlies (50-18-1-1) met at Bell MTS Place on Saturday afternoon to finish their season series. The visitors got off to a quick start with a power play goal from Miro Aaltonen 7:52 into the game. Just over two minutes later, Trevor Moore gave the Marlies a 2-0 edge, sneaking a short side shot past Michael Hutchinson. Manitoba got on the board at 11:55 when Francis Beauvillier created a turnover for Darren Kramer who immediately ripped the puck by Garret Sparks. The Moose tied the contest with 2:45 to go in the period courtesy of a Mason Appleton power play goal. The rookie left the puck at the blue line for Buddy Robinson and raced past the defenders, before taking a return feed and snapping a shot to the back of the net. The teams went to the intermission squared up at 2-2.
Manitoba claimed its first lead of the night four minutes into the middle period. After a flurry of chances, C.J. Suess was finally able to edge the puck across the line to put the Moose on top. Toronto got back onto even terms with six minutes to go in the second when Calle Rosen’s rocket from the point rattled off the post and banked back into the net off Hutchinson’s skate. Chase De Leo nearly put the Moose back in front with a late chance, but Sparks came up with a glove save to keep the contest tied 3-3 through 40 minutes.
The Moose opened the period with a power play, but it would be Toronto who scored first in the frame. Ben Smith brought the puck to the Moose net shorthanded and a wild bounce ended up in the back of the goal 1:25 into the third. Manitoba didn’t waste any time tying the game as Brody Sutter tipped home a Sami Niku point shot 1:48 later to get the Moose even again. Penalties continued to trouble the Moose as the Marlies capitalized on a power play 7:55 into the third with Jeremy Bracco firing a rebound to the twine. That goal would stand as the game winner as the Marlies claimed a 5-4 victory.
- C.J. Suess tallied his first career AHL goal.
- Sami Niku has points in five straight games with six points (2G, 4A) in that stretch.
- Brody Sutter has scored a goal in three straight games.
- Attendance was announced at 6,844.
Forward C.J. Suess on his first goal – “It means a lot. I feel like I came in expecting to make a difference, and one goal is a start to that. I feel I can do a lot more going forward, just have to earn my ice time and play every shift as it comes.”
Head Coach Pascal Vincent on the team’s upcoming schedule – “This is the end of a long stretch where we’ve played every second day and we were on the road for 16 days. Next week will be a good week to reset.”
The Moose have some well-deserved days off game action this week before playing their final two home games of the regular season against the Bakersfield Condors on Friday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.). Tickets for both games are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.