Game Recap: Laval 2 at Moose 5By: Daniel Fink | Published: November 19th 2017
Manitoba Moose (11-5-1-1) vs. Laval Rocket (9-7-2-0)
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Laval Rocket||Michael McNiven||40:00||34||29|
|Laval Rocket||Zachary Fucale||20:00||3||3|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||60:00||29||27|
|1||0:33||LAV||Yannick Veilleux (1)||Michael McCarron (5)||ES||1-0 LAV|
|1||14:31||MB||Mason Appleton (4)||Francis Beauvillier (2)||Patrice Cormier (2)||ES||1-1|
|2||6:36||MB||Michael Spacek (1)||Julian Melchiori (6)||Mason Appleton (11)||ES||2-1 MB|
|2||9:04||LAV||Daniel Carr (11)||Michael McCarron (6)||Peter Holland (9)||PP||2-2|
|2||10:56||MB||Mason Appleton (5)||Mike Sgarbossa (9)||Sami Niku (8)||PP||3-2 MB|
|2||12:11||MB||Chase De Leo (3)||Cameron Schilling (12)||Mason Appleton (12)||PP||4-2 MB|
|2||19:59||MB||Buddy Robinson (7)||Peter Stoykewych (6)||Patrice Cormier (3)||ES||5-2 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (11-5-1-1) and Laval Rocket (9-7-2-0) met for the first time ever at Bell MTS Place on Sunday afternoon. The scoring started just 33 seconds into the game when Michael McCarron hit Yannick Veilleux with a cross-ice pass and Veilleux put it away to give the visitors the early lead. The Moose pulled even at 14:31 courtesy of Mason Appleton who redirected a Francis Beauvillier centering pass to the back of the net. Manitoba applied plenty of pressure, posting 15 shots on goal, but coming out of the period tied 1-1.
The second period saw the Moose pull away in the goal column. Michael Spacek led things off 6:36 into the period as a beneficiary of the puck taking a wild bounce off the glass and in front of the Laval net. The Rocket tied things up nine minutes into the second on a sweet power play setup starting with Peter Holland, running through McCarron, and Daniel Carr finishing things off. At the 11 minute mark, Mike Sgarbossa opened up Mason Appleton who rifled home his second goal of the game, this one on the power play, to push the Moose out in front. Appleton picked up his fourth point of the contest as the second helper on Chase De Leo’s power play goal just over a minute later. The Moose put a cap on the period as a rush up ice in the dying seconds resulted in a Buddy Robinson goal with 0.7 left on the clock for a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes.
The final frame saw Laval try to push back into the contest, but Michael Hutchinson wasn’t interested. The Moose goaltender made 16 saves in the period for a full game total of 27. With the Rocket unable to close the gap, the Moose cruised to their third straight victory and seventh in eight games by a 5-2 score.
- Mason Appleton recorded a season-high four points (2G, 2A) in tonight’s game.
- The Moose have recorded at least a point in Michael Hutchinson’s last five starts (4-0-1).
- Julian Melchiori matched his 2016-17 40-game total of eight points (2G, 6A) in just 18 games this season.
- Attendance was announced at 5,690.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent on Mason Appleton’s play – “He deserves all of that, because he’s playing the right way and he’s working hard in practices as well. It’s what we do here: we give people opportunities to play their game, and guys like Mason take advantage of the whole thing. First thing’s first, he’s doing what’s right to earn his ice time, and he’s earning everything he’s got.”
Forward Mason Appleton – “On a couple of those goals, they just came off great plays. I was just the beneficiary, the one that got a score. I really liked how we grew into that game, regardless of giving up that early [goal].”
The Moose and Rocket clash again on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in a 7 p.m. matchup at Bell MTS Place. Tickets for the game are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.