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Moose and Wild clash for final time - Manitoba Moose


Moose and Wild clash for final time

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: January 8th 2017


The Manitoba Moose look to close their six-game homestand on a high note this afternoon as the Iowa Wild pay a visit to MTS Centre at 2:00 p.m. CT.

Last Game
The Moose and Wild opened their two-game series last night, with the Wild coming out on top 4-2. JC Lipon scored his fourth goal of the season in the first period while Peter Stoykewych picked up his third with a rocket from the point in the middle frame. Ondrej Pavelec was busy for Manitoba making 34 saves.

Flash Back
This weekend’s series is the final time these two clubs will meet up this season. It has been a see-saw affair between the teams, with Manitoba’s record being 2-3-1-1 against the Wild. Goals have been hard to come by for both sides – the team’s have combined for only 27 goals over seven games. Manitoba managed to snag a win in their last meeting in Des Moines, IA winning 3-1.

Kichton Train
Following injury at the start of the season, Manitoba blueliner Brenden Kichton has found his stride. The team’s points leader in 2015-16, now has assists in three straight games after he grabbed an assist on Peter Stoykewych’s second period marker. During the team’s last series again the Marlies, Kichton grabbed a powerplay assist giving him three powerplay assists this season.

Iowa’s Story
The Wild enter tonight’s matchup in sixth in the Central Division - one spot behind the Moose with a .458 winning percentage. Life has been tough for the Iowa Wild since the holiday break, only picking up two wins in their last six games. Recently named to the AHL All-Star team, Teemu Pulkkinen leads the charge with 25 points (12G, 13A) this season including a three-assist performance on Saturday night. The Vantaa, Finland forward was the hero for Iowa on Nov. 22 when he scored the game’s only goal in OT to beat Manitoba 1-0. Both Iowa goalies have been sharp this year – Steve Michalek has a 2.81 GAA in his 17 starts while Alex Stalock is right behind him with a 2.92 GAA through 22 games.

Beat the Winter Blues
Fans can Beat the Winter Blues this afternoon as the Moose host the Wild. The first 3,000 fans inside the MTS Centre will also receive an exclusive Manitoba Moose beach towel!

What’s Next?
The Moose take to the sky tomorrow as they head down to Tucson, AZ where’ll they face the Tucson Roadrunners on Tuesday night at 8:05 p.m. CT. You can listen to the broadcast live on TSN 1290 or moosehockey.com. Make sure to tune in 15 minutes before puck drop for the pre-game show with Mitch Peacock for all the latest news surrounding the Manitoba Moose.