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Game Preview: Moose vs. Griffins - Jan. 5 - Manitoba Moose


Game Preview: Moose vs. Griffins – Jan. 5

By: CK Nakhwal | Published: January 5th 2016

010516 - Grand Rapids-web


MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Game time – 7 p.m. CT

Moose Game 31 (9-17-1-3)

Moose Home Game 16 (6-6-1-2)

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The Manitoba Moose will play the rematch against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday night at the MTS Centre. The Griffins lead the season series 1-0-0-0 after defeating the Moose 4-1 on Sunday. This is the second of four meetings between these two teams this season and the final match in Winnipeg. Manitoba will travel to Grand Rapids for the final two games of the season series on Mar. 11 & 12.

Welcome Back Halischuk:

Veteran forward Matt Halischuk was re-assigned to the Moose from the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets on Sunday and is expected to return to the Manitoba lineup tonight. While with the Jets, the native of Toronto played seven games with the big club after being called up on Dec. 17. Halischuk started the season with Manitoba registering three goals and three assists for six points in 24 games. In his last game with the Moose on Dec. 16 against San Antonio he scored his third goal of the season.

AHL Goaltender of the Month:

Sunday’s winning goaltender Jared Comeau received some accolades on Monday as he was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December. During the month the Griffins goaltender posted a 9-2-0 record in 11 starts with a 1.92 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.

Developing Sniper:

Forward Austen Brassard continued his hot streak and is posting some impressive numbers this season. He scored his seventh goal of the season on Sunday, which marked a new career high for the 22-year old native of Windsor, ON. He is now on pace to score an impressive 18 goals this season and currently sits fifth in the AHL in shooting percentage with an incredible 26.9%.

Point Streak for Points Leader:

Defenceman Brenden Kichton extended his point streak to three games with his third consecutive game with an assist on Sunday. He continues his hot streak as since Dec. 1 he has recorded at least one point in seven of his last nine games. He continues to lead the Moose in scoring with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 26 games. His 19 points place him 14th among all AHL defenceman in scoring.