Game Preview: Moose @ Admirals – Dec. 1By: Chris White | Published: December 1st 2015
MANITOBA MOOSE @ MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS
BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Game time – 7 p.m. CT
Moose Game 18 (4-11-1-1)
Moose Road Game 10 (2-6-0-1)
The Manitoba Moose face the Milwaukee Admirals for the second of eight meetings between these two teams this season tonight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Moose won the first meeting between these two clubs on Oct. 25 in Milwaukee.
Previous Season Meeting:
In their one and only meeting this season, the Moose earned a hard fought victory over the Admirals on Oct. 29. Manitoba scored just 23 seconds in to the game on a goal by former Admiral Matt Halischuk. This was followed by Joel Armia who added a goal six minutes later on the powerplay. After Milwaukee tied it up before the end of the first period, Brenden Kichton knocked in a rebound out front to take a 3-2 lead, which would end up being the game’s final goal. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stood strong in net making 39 saves to hold on for the win. Since this meeting two of the top players for the Moose, Hellebuyck and Armia have been called up to the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets.
After starting the season 2-4-1-1 in October, including a loss to the Moose in that span, the Milwaukee Admirals have been one of the AHL’s hottest teams. During the month of November, the Admirals started the month by winning 10 straight games outscoring their opponents 38-to-18. They had a blip on Nov. 27 losing 6-0 to Grand Rapids to end the winning streak but responded the next night with a 2-1 victory over Rockford to finish the month with an 11-1-0-0 record. The streak catapulted the Admirals right to the top of the Central Division standings, tied with Lake Erie with a .711 points percentage.
Keeping Things Close:
The Moose have done an excellent job of keeping things close in games this season. In the 17 games played this season the Moose have only had three games finish with a greater margin of victory of two goals for which Manitoba has a 1-2 record.
Moose on the Road:
Tonight marks the midway point of Manitoba’s longest road trip to this point in the season at six games. The Moose started the road trip last Wednesday and Friday with a pair of games against Lake Erie which Manitoba lost 4-2 and 4-1 respectively. The only road trip longer for the Moose this season will come from Jan. 16-30 when Manitoba travels to Charlotte for a pair of games followed by six games against the Pacific Division in California. The Moose are currently 2-6-0-1 on the road this season and have dropped three straight games away from home.
Lipon on Fire:
JC Lipon has been red hot during the month of November. He had another three points in two games this past week. So far this month he has five goals and three assists for eight points in nine games and is currently on a three-game point scoring streak. He has pushed himself into the team’s scoring lead with 11 points while also leading the team with 26 penalty minutes.