Moose Recap: Manitoba 3 at Belleville 2By: Anthony Fusco | Published: November 17th 2023
- Chaz Lucius notched a pair of assists in the Moose victory
- Jiri Smejkal scored twice in the third period for Belleville
- Thomas Milic recorded his first AHL win and made 26 saves
The Manitoba Moose (5-6-0-0) tangled with the Belleville Senators (6-6-0-1) on Friday evening for the first of a six-game road swing. Manitoba was coming off a 5-2 defeat against Laval on Monday.
Neither side found the back of the net through the opening 20 minutes of play. Thomas Milic, who was making his second straight start in net for Manitoba, made eight saves in the first period. On the Belleville side, Kevin Mandolese snared every Moose chance he faced and finished the stanza with 11 stops of his own.
Manitoba opened the scoring on the power play at the 7:13 mark of the middle stanza. Kyle Capobianco settled the puck at the point and found Nikita Chibrikov, who wired a hard shot past Mandolese from the top of the circle. The power play tally was the lone scoring play of the second period. Manitoba was ahead 1-0 after 40 minutes of play and outshot Belleville by a count of 14-7 in the frame.
The Moose added some insurance before the third period was five-minutes old. With Manitoba on the power play, Declan Chisholm sent the disc to Wyatt Bongiovanni. The winger skated down from the dot and rifled a shot over the shoulder of Mandolese for his second goal in as many games. The Moose pushed further ahead shortly after, as C.J. Suess netted his second of the campaign by beating Mandolese through traffic. Belleville got on the board late with a power play goal courtesy of Jiri Smejkal, as he beat Milic up high. Belleville continued to press and opted to pull Mandolese in favour of the extra attacker. The gambit paid off, as Smejkal found twine again to pull the Senators within a goal. The Moose held firm from there and were able to keep Belleville from drawing even. Milic notched the win, his first AHL victory, on the back of 26 stops, while Mandolese was hit with the loss and ended with 31 saves of his own.
Moose Goaltender Thomas Milic (Click for full interview)
“They were awesome. They were shutting down plays when they happened and kept it to a minimum. I was just doing my best to be ready for when something did happen. It was a team effort."
- Chaz Lucius notched his first AHL multi-point contest with two assists
- Dominic Toninato has posted assists in consecutive games
- Wyatt Bongiovanni has scored power play goals in back-to-back contests
- Thomas Milic picked up his first career AHL win
The Moose continue the road swing with a match against the Toronto Marlies at Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 18. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT. You can catch the game on CJOB.com/sports the Winnipeg Jets App or AHLTV.
Tickets to all upcoming Moose home games are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS.