Preview: Another Shot at the MarliesBy: Colin Peterson | Published: December 15th 2018
Dec. 15, 2018 vs TORONTO MARLIES
The Manitoba Moose (11-13-2-0) get a shot at redemption tonight against the Toronto Marlies (11-10-3-2) at Bell MTS Place with a 6 p.m. (CT) puck drop. You can tune in on moosehockey.com/listenlive/, the Moose App, and AHLTV.
The first game of the back-to-back against Toronto started poorly for the Moose. The team was outshot 19-7 in the first, falling behind 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent said Toronto’s skill on the move caused his club issues.
“They’re number one in the league for zone entries and control. They have a lot of skills. They have four lines that can play with a lot of speed and make plays under pressure. We need to be aware of that, but I think we gave them a little too much time and space.”
The middle frame included five Marlies minors and Manitoba capitalized on two of them. Michael Spacek and Sami Niku each scored their second goals of the season on the power play, and each notched an assist on the each other’s goal. Marko Dano and Logan Shaw picked up the other two assists.
Shaw, who leads the team with 20 points (11G, 9A), believes success on the man advantage can push the team forward, like it did to get Niku’s goal in the second half of the second period.
“You can build off the power play. Maybe that’s what happened there towards the middle of the game, where we didn’t score off a couple of them. But it’s definitely nice to get a couple on it, so hopefully we’ll try to build off that [tonight].”
The Moose entered the third period trailing 4-2, but gave up three more goals in the final 15 minutes of the game. Vincent drew some positives from the game, and acknowledged the opportunities for growth. What he didn’t like were the late goals scored by the Marlies.
“There’s a lot to learn about our team today. It wasn’t a good game for us. The one thing we can’t do is not working. We can’t give up, we can’t stop and that part I didn’t like.”
Tonight’s game is also the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Red River Co-op and in support of the Christmas Cheer Board. Please bring a new plush toy to the game to be thrown on the ice during the first intermission.