Moose Recap: Manitoba 4 vs. Rockford 1By: Anthony Fusco | Published: January 30th 2024
- Dawson Barteaux posted three points (2G, 1A) in the Moose win
- Thomas Milic made 22 stops in the Moose road victory
- Kyle Capobianco and Nikita Chibrikov both notched two assists
The Manitoba Moose (15-23-1-0) skirmished with the Rockford IceHogs (16-19-3-1) on Tuesday evening at BMO Center for a weekday road contest. Manitoba was coming off a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
Manitoba opened the scoring 53 seconds into the contest courtesy of Brad Lambert. Nikita Chibrikov gained the line and fired a shot on target. Mitchell Weeks, making the start for Rockford, kicked the rebound out to the side. Lambert was pushing hard to the net and fired the disc home. The Moose pushed ahead 2-0 at the three-minute mark with a goal from Dawson Barteaux. Kristian Reichel sent the pass to the point and Barteaux stepped into a shot that eluded a screened Weeks. Rockford cut the Manitoba lead in half just past the six-minute mark of the period with a goal from Anders Bjork. Ethan Del Mastro's shot hit a body in front and Bjork cashed in on the rebound with a quick snap shot. The Moose ended the period ahead by a score of 2-1. Milic, who was making his second straight appearance, headed down the tunnel with five saves, while Weeks countered with eight of his own.
Manitoba built a 3-1 lead 3:15 into the middle stanza with a tally from Jeffrey Viel. The forward spun and fired a shot from the corner. The puck caromed off an IceHogs stick, hit a skate in front and bounced past Weeks. The goal was the lone scoring play of the middle frame. Manitoba outshot Rockford by a count of 12-9 in the period and carried a 3-1 lead into the final 20 minutes of action.
The Moose added some insurance at the 3:35 mark of the final stanza with the second tally of the night from Barteaux. Chibrikov cut across the high slot and fed Barteaux, who whipped a shot past Weeks from the dot. With time dwindling, the IceHogs attempted to mount an offensive push, but were turned away by the Moose, who secured the 4-1 victory. Milic captured the road win and ended with 22 stops, while Weeks suffered the loss while making 25 saves of his own.
Moose Defenceman Dawson Barteaux (Click for full interview)
“I think we've earned these bounces that we're getting now. We battled for a long time and we've been playing some good hockey here. Now that the bounces are kinda going our way, we're taking advantage and really enjoying it."
- Kristian Reichel has four points (2G, 2A) his past four games
- Kyle Capobianco has six points (1G, 5A) over his past three contests
- Capobianco is now tied for first in scoring among AHL defencemen with 32 points
- Dawson Barteaux notched his first AHL three-point game and set a new season career-high with four total points (2G, 2A)
- Nikita Chibrikov posted two assists for his sixth multi-point outing
The Moose continue the road swing with a contest against the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday, Feb. 2. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
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