Game Recap: Moose 4 at Stockton 1By: Daniel Fink | Published: November 4th 2017
Manitoba Moose (5-4-1-1) at Stockton Heat (6-3-0-1)
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Stockton Arena, Stockton, CA
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||60:00||41||40|
|Stockton Heat||Jon Gillies||58:21||28||25|
|1||14:04||MB||Patrice Cormier (3)||Nic Petan (1)||Jack Roslovic (5)||PP||1-0 MB|
|2||8:41||MB||Sami Niku (1)||Mike Sgarbossa (6)||Mason Appleton (8)||5/3||2-0 MB|
|3||1:03||STK||Andrew Mangiapane (6)||Brett Findlay (2)||Rasmus Andersson (7)||PP||2-1 MB|
|3||7:30||MB||Jack Roslovic (5)||Nic Petan (2)||ES||3-1 MB|
|3||18:54||MB||Mason Appleton (2)||EN||4-1 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (5-4-1-1) went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the Pacific Division in the Stockton Heat (6-3-0-1) on Friday night. The home side carried the play early on and were outshooting the Moose by a 6-2 mark early in the frame. Manitoba started to build momentum as the period rolled along and struck first for the 10th straight game. With the Moose on the power play, Nic Petan sent the puck to the front of the net where it was redirected into the goal by Patrice Cormier. The goaltenders were busy in the period with Eric Comrie making 10 saves and Jon Gillies turning away 12 shots, resulting in a 1-0 lead for Manitoba after 20 minutes.
Stockton got off to another strong start in the period, but the Moose weathered the storm before being granted some power play opportunities. With two Heat players in the penalty box, Mike Sgarbossa set up Sami Niku for a one-timer, and Niku blasted a rocket to the twine behind Gillies. Manitoba faced some penalty trouble of its own in the period, taking three consecutive minors after the goal. Two were handled by the penalty kill, helping the Moose to a 2-0 advantage after two periods. The third penalty carried most of its time into the final stanza.
The Heat took advantage of the power play time as the league’s leading scorer, Andrew Mangiapane, tipped in Stockton’s first tally of the night. With the lead down to one, Nic Petan and Jack Roslovic hooked up for a gorgeous goal on a two-on-one. Petan put a perfect saucer pass over to Roslovic who tucked the puck up under the bar to restore the two-goal edge. Stockton continued to press, putting 22 shots on goal in the final period, but Eric Comrie was having none of it. The Moose goaltender turned aside everything put toward the Manitoba net and Mason Appleton scored an empty netter from long range to close out the 4-1 victory.
- Nic Petan tallied his first assists since his re-assignment to the Moose.
- Defenceman Tucker Poolman made his AHL debut.
- Defenceman Sami Niku scored his first career AHL goal.
- Attendance was announced at 3,498.
The Moose head back to Bakersfield for a rematch with the Condors on Saturday night. Catch the game on moosehockey.com/listenlive starting at 8:45 p.m. CT and joined in progress on TSN 1290.