Game Recap: Moose 3 at Grand Rapids 1By: Daniel Fink | Published: November 24th 2017
Manitoba Moose (13-5-1-1) at Grand Rapids Griffins (8-9-0-2)
Friday, November 24, 2017 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
|Grand Rapids Griffins||0||1||0||1|
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||9||15||14||38|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||0/8||5/6||14|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||60:00||38||37|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||Jared Coreau||57:16||30||27|
|1||1:05||MB||Patrice Cormier (6)||Sami Niku (9)||Brendan Lemieux (5)||ES||1-0 MB|
|1||8:01||MB||Mason Appleton (6)||Brendan Lemieux (6)||Nic Petan (7)||PP||2-0 MB|
|2||2:42||GR||Turner Elson (7)||ES||2-1 MB|
|3||11:24||MB||JC Lipon (4)||Chase De Leo (6)||Mike Sgarbossa (11)||ES||3-1 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (13-5-1-1) started out a three-game road swing against the Grand Rapids Griffins (8-9-0-2) at Van Andel Arena on Friday night. The Moose got their trip off to a quick start thanks to Patrice Cormier who popped home a Sami Niku rebound just 65 seconds into the game. Manitoba’s red-hot power play provided a second tally 8:01 into the period. Brendan Lemieux fired a shot on goal and the rebound found its way to Mason Appleton who chopped the puck past Jared Coreau. Michael Hutchinson made nine saves in the frame and the Moose penalty kill took care of two Grand Rapids power plays to carry a 2-0 edge to the intermission.
Griffins fans only had to wait 2:42 into the second period to unleash their teddy bear toss. Turner Elson intercepted a pass in the slot and went up top to beat Michael Hutchinson and start the deluge of toys. Following the restart, special teams got plenty of work for both sides. The Moose got into penalty trouble, going down five-on-three for 1:37. Just as Manitoba finished off the two-man disadvantage, the team was assessed another penalty. The Moose power play went to work late in the frame, but was stymied on two opportunities. With neither team able to score with the man advantage, the game rolled into the third with the Moose up 2-1.
The penalty kills continued to run the show in the third period, shutting down four combined power plays in the first 10 minutes of the frame. Just following the conclusion of their sixth power play, the puck took a crazy bounce straight to the stick of JC Lipon in front of the Grand Rapids net and he put away his fourth of the season at 11:24 to restore Manitoba’s two-goal lead. The Moose would hold onto that edge as Michael Hutchinson made 37 saves as part of a 3-1 win.
- The Moose have won five straight games for the first time since returning to Winnipeg.
- Brendan Lemieux registered his fourth multi-point game of the season with two assists.
- The Moose have scored at least one power play goal in five straight games.
- Attendance was announced at 9,930.
The Moose travel to Milwaukee to face the Admirals for the first time this season on Saturday. Tune in to the action on moosehockey.com/listenlive starting at 5:45 p.m. CT.