Game Preview: Moose @ Monsters – Nov. 25By: Chris White | Published: November 25th 2015
MANITOBA MOOSE @ LAKE ERIE MONSTERS
Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Game time – 6 p.m. CT
Moose Game 16 (4-9-1-1)
Moose Road Game 8 (2-4-0-1)
The Manitoba Moose travel to face the Lake Erie Monsters in the first of a two-game series at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Moose will look to even the season series up at two games apiece after the Monsters took the first two meetings last month.
Lake Erie has an early lead in the season series against Manitoba having defeated the Moose in both matches in Winnipeg on Oct. 22 and 24. In the first match after the Moose opened the scoring on a goal from Joel Armia, the Monsters scored three unanswered goals including an empty net marker for a 3-1 win. In the rematch the Moose couldn’t find a way to beat Joonas Karpisalo and the Monsters won 2-0.
Strength in Net:
With the callup of Connor Hellebuyck, Eric Comrie will be handed more starts in the Moose net and he has earned them. Comrie has won his last two starts and has been excellent all season. Comrie is currently first in the AHL with a .944 save percentage and is second with a 1.77 goals against average. The Edmonton native has not surrendered more than two goals in any one game this year.
Austen Brassard has been heating up as of late. The 22 year-old native of Windsor, Ontario is on a three game point scoring streak and has at least one point in five out of his last six games. He is already halfway to his AHL career high in goals scored with 51 games to play in the season. He is on pace to set new career highs in both goals and points this year.
Lake Erie Monsters forward Michael Chaput has been a Moose killer so far this year. In the two previous matches against Manitoba this year Chaput has three goals. The Ile Bizard, Quebec native has had success against the Manitoba franchise as prior to this year he registered two goals and four points in seven games while the Moose played as the St. John’s IceCaps the last four seasons.