PREVIEW: Holding Off the AdmiralsBy: Colin Peterson | Published: February 21st 2018
The Manitoba Moose (32-14-4-3) are back in action and looking for revenge after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals (26-21-4-1). It was the first time this season Milwaukee beat Manitoba in regulation time, with the Moose holding a 3-1-0-2 record through the first six matchups. Tickets are available for tonight’s game at moosehockey.com/tickets/, it’s also Student Night at Bell MTS Place. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. (CT) with Steve Schuster calling the action on TSN 1290.
Buddy Robinson picked up his 20th assist of the season on Monday to become just the fourth AHL player, so far, this season to record at least 20 goals and 20 assists. Robinson is the first player on the Moose to reach the dual plateaus since 2014-15 since Chase Balisy recorded 21 goals and 23 assists with St. John’s. Robinson is tied for second on the Moose with 41 points (21G, 20A) in 51 games this season.
The Moose are in the midst of playing 17 straight games against opponents from their division. The Central Division is one of the tightest groupings in the AHL with six teams over 25 wins, the most in the league. Behind the Moose, who hold down first spot, the second to sixth ranks are separated by just six points in the standings.
Monday’s game saw Brendan Lemieux score his first goal since returning to the Moose lineup on Feb. 15. The tally was Lemieux’s 13th goal of the season, a new career high for the winger. The Denver, Col. native surpassed his 61-game total from last season in just 33 games. Lemieux has already set or is on pace for new career highs in almost every statistical category in his second season of pro. He is scheduled to play his 100th AHL game on tonight against Milwaukee.
The Winnipeg Jets announced today Tucker Poolman has been reassigned to the Moose. Poolman has played in 15 games for the Jets this season and he scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 23/17 against the New York Islanders. The product of East Grand Forks, Minn. has also played 13 games for the Moose in his first professional season and has six points (1G, 5A) and four penalty minutes.
Mason Appleton’s assist on Monday snapped a run of four games without a point. The stretch was just the fifth time this season the rookie has gone without a point in three or more games. Appleton leads the Moose with 47 points (16G, 31A), just three points back of Sean Tallaire’s Moose rookie record of 50 points set in 1996-97.
The Moose play a two-game set against Chicago this weekend (Feb. 24/25) with both games featuring a 2 p.m. (CT) start time. Sunday’s game is also retro jersey night, when the players will wear throwback uniforms which will be auctioned off at the game and online, in support of Hockey Manitoba. Visit moosehockey.com/tickets/ for tickets.