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Old rivals clash in Chicago - Manitoba Moose


Old rivals clash in Chicago

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: November 27th 2016


Manitoba’s string of all Central Division contests continues this afternoon (4:00 p.m. CT) as the Manitoba Moose (8-7-1-1) invade Allstate Arena for a battle with the Chicago Wolves (8-8-1-1).


The Moose kicked off their three-game road trip last night in a matchup against the Milwaukee Admirals (Nov. 26). The entire game was a see-saw affair with both teams scoring three goals in regulation, pushing the game into overtime. Less than a minute into the extra frame Chase De Leo stole the show by unloading a laser of a wrist shot, giving the Moose a 4-3 road victory.

Flash Back

Last season the Moose boasted a 2-5-1-0 record against their rivals from Chicago. The two teams last met on February 14, 2016 when Manitoba scored four straight goals on their way to a 5-2 win at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Breaking Through

The Manitoba powerplay broke out of its slump last night, cashing in a key third period goal. Prior to Kevin Czuczman’s powerplay tally, the Moose had gone four games without scoring on the PP which included 14 opportunities over the stretch. The addition of Howden and De Leo can certainly help. De Leo has four powerplay points (2G, 2A) on the season while Howden has a goal and an assist on the man-advantage. The Moose will look to the man advantage to continue providing offense, today.

On a Streak

Coming into today’s game the Chicago Wolves find themselves on a two-game win streak and victors in three of their last four games. Like the Moose, Chicago played on Saturday grabbing a narrow 3-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs. Three players have led the pack in Chicago as Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington have been solid between the pipes and Brad Hunt has been an offensive force. In six games, Copley has a GAA of 2.15 and a save percentage of .924 while Binnington has five wins and only allowed 26 goals in ten games. At the other end of the ice, Hunt has found the back of the net five times and has chipped in 15 assists for 20 points.

What’s Next?

After their busy weekend, the Moose have a few days to gather themselves before they wrap up the road trip with a tilt in Rockford against the Ice Hogs on Wednesday (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m. CT. To listen to all Manitoba Moose road games, visit moosehockey.com/listenlive.