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Moose Recap: Manitoba 2 vs. Grand Rapids 5 - Manitoba Moose


Moose Recap: Manitoba 2 vs. Grand Rapids 5

By: Anthony Fusco | Published: April 6th 2023

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Quick Hits

  • Carter Mazur notched three points (2G, 1A) for Grand Rapids
  • Danny O'Regan posted two points (1G, 1A) for the Griffins
  • Daniel Torgersson tallied his 11th of the season for the Moose

Game Story

The Manitoba Moose (34-24-5-4) hosted the Grand Rapids Griffins (28-32-4-4) on Thursday evening at Canada Life Centre. Manitoba was coming off a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday afternoon.

Neither side was able to find twine through the opening 20 minutes of play. Manitoba was granted three chances on the power play, while Grand Rapids claimed a pair of opportunities. Oskari Salminen vacuumed up the only Griffins shot he saw in the frame, while Ryan Bednard made 10 saves as the horn sounded to draw the frame to a close.

Grand Rapids opened the scoring 1:02 into the middle frame on the power play. Jared McIsaac sauced the puck to Danny O’Regan, who fired a shot past a screened Salminen. Manitoba struck back at the 2:24 mark of the frame with a power play marker as Daniel Torgersson cleaned up a Jansen Harkins rebound. The Moose penalty kill came up with a key stop midway through the period as the Griffins had two five-on-three power plays, but were unable to cash in. Manitoba pushed ahead with its second power play goal in the frame. A bouncing puck floated out to Greg Meireles, who lifted it past the outstretched glove of Bednard. Manitoba was outshot 19-11 in the second stanza, but carried a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes of play.

Grand Rapids tied the contest 22 seconds into the third. Carter Mazur took the pass from Tyler Spezia and wired it past Salminen on the short side. The Griffins found a go-ahead marker at the 5:18 mark, as Seth Barton’s shot squeaked past the pad of Salminen. Grand Rapids added some insurance with a goal off the rush from Jasper Weatherby, as he slid the puck past the pad of Salminen. With the Moose trailing late, the decision was made to call Salminen to the bench in favour of the extra attacker. The disc eventually wound up on the stick of Mazur, who potted his second of the night into the empty net. Salminen was hit with the loss and ended with 27 stops, while Bednard picked up the road win and made 29 saves of his own.


Moose Defenceman Ashton Sautner (Click for full interview)

“Just not good enough. I mean, we knew what position we were in coming into the game, losing four in a row. We had some practice time, days and meetings to talk about where we were at and the end goal of where we want to be. Losing tonight doesn’t help so we have to reset and make a better effort tomorrow."


  • Daniel Torgersson has scored goals in consecutive contests
  • It's the 14th time this season the Moose have scored two or more goals on the power play
  • Dean Stewart has three assists over his past six games

What's Next?

The Moose rematch with the Grand Rapids Griffins at Canada Life Centre on Friday, April 7. Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m. CT for Fan Appreciation Night. Tickets to all upcoming Moose home games are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS.

You can catch the game on CJOB.com/sports the new Winnipeg Jets App or AHLTV.