Fast Facts: Moose at Chicago – April 16By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: April 16th 2023
The Manitoba Moose come to the close of their 72-game regular season schedule today in Chicago. The Moose picked up a 3-2 win in Rockford last night and have victories in three of the past four outings. The Wolves have wins in two straight and need at least a point today to have a chance at reaching the post-season. Chicago trails Iowa and Rockford by one point, with all three teams playing today. Coverage of today’s 3 p.m. CT matchup gets going at 2:45 p.m. CT on CJOB.com/sports, the Winnipeg Jets App and AHLTV.
Simon Lundmark logged a goal and an assist in Manitoba’s win in Rockford yesterday. The two points represent the second time this campaign the defenceman has notched a multi-point outing. In addition, Lundmark, a second round pick of Winnipeg in 2019, posted his first career AHL game-winning goal. Manitoba has wins in all three games this season when Lundmark scores a goal. The defender has tallied 17 points (3G, 14A) and a plus-four rating in 63 games this season.
Leon the Professional
Leon Gawanke posted a goal in the first period of last night’s contest. The tally was the defenceman’s 20th of the season, which makes Gawanke one of only two defencemen in the AHL to achieve the feat this season. It’s the first time the AHL has featured 20-goal defencemen since the 2018-19 campaign. Gawanke is the third Moose skater this season to reach the 20-goal mark and ranks third in team scoring with 45 points (20G, 25A) through 68 contests. He also leads the Moose defence, and is tied for second on the team, with four of his 20 goals noted as the opening tally of the contest.
Primed for 200
Jansen Harkins has played 199 career AHL games heading into the final game of the season. The forward has put together 129 points (51G, 78A) over his AHL career. This campaign has seen Harkins post numerous career-high numbers in goals, points, power play markers, short-handed tallies, plus-minus and game-winning markers. In addition, Harkins is one assist shy of matching a previous career-high from 2019-20. The forward ranks second overall on the team in scoring and is first in goals among antlered skaters. Harkins, a second round pick of Winnipeg in 2015, has posted 47 points (24G, 23A) over the span of 43 games
Three Moose skaters marked significant numbers in yesterday’s win in Rockford. Carson Golder, who was signed to an amateur tryout from the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, made his professional debut and tallied a primary assist on the game-winning goal in the third period. The secondary assist on that marker came off the stick of Evan Polei. The helper was the forward’s 12th of the season, which matches his career-high from 2021-22. The assist also pushes Polei up to 20 points for the third time in his AHL career. Tyler Boland registered an assist on the first Moose goal of the evening. The assist gives Boland 10 helpers on the campaign, marking the first time the forward has broken the plateau. Boland is the 18th Moose skater this season to notched double-digit assists.
Greg Meireles scored a goal in yesterday’s road victory in Rockford. The pivot has points in consecutive games and has tallied 19 points (9G, 10A) over 61 games. Meireles is four points shy of 50 in his AHL career. The centre has been a plus player in four straight games and tallied four points (2G, 2A) his past five games.