Feb. 4 Practice Report – Moose Recharge In Grand RapidsBy: Mitch Peacock | Published: February 4th 2019
After games in two different cities, travel to a third market in a different time zone, and a few hours off to watch the Super Bowl, it was back to work today for the Manitoba Moose.
The Winnipeg Jets’ American Hockey League team practiced in Grand Rapids, Mich this afternoon ahead of Wednesday’s date with the Red Wings’ affiliate.
Friday saw the Moose returned from the all-star break with an overtime win in Milwaukee before losing 5-2 in Chicago Saturday night.
“I thought our first two lines, we had to play them a lot because we had a lot of young kids that were struggling with (Chicago’s) speed,” said assistant coach Eric Dubois prior to the team’s bus trip to Michigan. “So you over-use a lot of players, and you could tell later on in the game that it was tough for us to try to catch-up with that score. So obviously, we’re happy with that big win in Milwaukee. We wish we would have picked up another win (Saturday) night, but splitting the weekend on the road – I think we’re happy with that.”
The loss in Chicago marked just the second time Manitoba failed to earn a point in twelve games. Seth Griffith extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist Saturday. With 15 points (1G, 14A) in that span, he’s now Manitoba’s top scorer.
The Moose have looked like a more confident team since their return from the holiday break, and the results have backed that up. Besides putting a nine-game point streak together, Friday’s win in Milwaukee was a solid effort that avenged an 8-2 loss to the Admirals in the last contest before the all-star break. But, Saturday’s loss in Chicago was a tough one with the Wolves proving to be a handful.
So are the Moose a little shaken?
No way says assistant coach Eric Dubois.
“I don’t think they lost their confidence. Obviously, we know Chicago is on top of our division with Grand Rapids so it’s one of the top teams in our division, probably in the league. We have a lot of reason to be confident. Our PK did well. We saw a few other things – good things – that we obviously did well so we just have to regroup. I think the two days off (Monday and Tuesday) will be helpful for us, and we’ll probably forget about it pretty quick.”
Goalie Eric Comrie had gone nine games without losing in regulation time before Saturday’s loss in Chicago. The fourth year pro leads the AHL in minutes played (1905:57), saves (986) and sits tied for fifth in save percentage (.921) as a new week begins.
Defenceman Nelson Nogier skated Monday with a full face shield and non-contact jersey. Nogier took a puck to the face early in Saturday’s loss to the Wolves and did not return.