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Moose set to battle Central Division foes - Manitoba Moose


Moose set to battle Central Division foes

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: November 23rd 2016


The Manitoba Moose (7-6-1-1) close out a quick two-game home stand tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT when they host the Iowa Wild (7-10-0-1) at MTS Centre.


On Tuesday night, the Moose opened their series with Iowa hoping to build on a five-game home winning streak – but it was not to be. The two teams were scoreless until 1:26 into overtime when Wild forward Teemu Pulkkinen fired one past Moose netminder Eric Comrie, giving Iowa the 1-0 victory.

Flash Back

This isn’t the first series between the Moose and Wild this season. Manitoba got their 2016-17 campaign started with two games (Oct. 14,15) on the road in Des Moines, IA. The Moose got off to a good start against their division foes, taking their first game 3-1. Game two featured a different ending for the Moose, as the Wild were able pull off a 3-2 come-from-behind shootout victory.

Back on Track

Heading into tonight’s matchup with the Wild, Manitoba has renewed confidence in their penalty kill after the Moose killed off three minors in Tuesday’s game. The penalty kill wasn’t Manitoba best asset during the team’s four-game road trip giving up eight powerplay markers. The MTS Centre has been kind to the Manitoba’s penalty kill numbers as they’ve only allowed one powerplay goal in their last four home games.

Offense by Committee

The offensive workload has been carried by several Wild players and two of them managed to pick up points in Tuesday’s win. Former Manitoba Moose Jordan Schroeder picked up an assist on the OT winner giving him 11 points (4G, 7A) in 15 games. Right behind him is rookie Alex Tuch and Gustav Olofsson with 10 points (4G, 6A and 2G, 8A). Tuesday’s overtime hero, Teemu Pulkkinen, added to his total giving him nine points (4G, 5A) in 10 games.

What’s Next?

The Manitoba Moose have a few days to rest up before they head out on a three-game road trip beginning in Milwaukee on Saturday night (Nov. 26) at 6:00 p.m. CT. To listen to all Manitoba Moose road games, visit moosehockey.com/listenlive.