Preview: Maintenant, LavalBy: Colin Peterson | Published: February 22nd 2019
Feb. 22, 2019 vs Laval Rocket
Tonight, the Manitoba Moose (25-23-3-2) play their first game of the season in the province of Quebec, where they’ll meet the Laval Rocket (21-24-5-4). Moose fans can follow the 6:30 p.m. CT puck drop on moosehockey.com/listenlive/, the Moose App, and streaming live on AHLTV.
Manitoba comes into today’s contest off their second loss in seven games, Wednesday afternoon in Toronto. The Moose fell behind 4-1 to the Marlies before battling back late to the 4-3 final.
Defencemen Jimmy Oligny and Nelson Nogier both notched their first goals of the season, becoming the 27th and 28th Moose players to find the back of the net this season. In the Central Division, only San Antonio has a higher number of different goal scorers (29).
With an assist against Toronto, Michael Spacek extended his point streak to five games, with a total of six points (2G, 4A). In his second professional season, Spacek reached the 25-assist mark for the first time.
Manitoba is still in the playoff race, but will need some points on the current, five-game, road swing. The team’s scoring leader, Logan Shaw, detailed how the team uses Wednesday’s loss to push for wins.
“I don’t think it’s the way we wanted to start this road trip, but it’s in the past now. We have an important five games coming up here. The big thing we can build off of is our little mistakes. We had little defensive mistakes and that’s what allowed them to score the goals. If we just tighten up a little defensively, I think we’re going to be alright.”
Shaw is enjoying a career season and has been a key piece for the Moose since being signed by the Jets near the start of November. With new AHL career-highs in points (40), goals (23) and assists (17). Shaw enters today’s matchup riding a four-game point streak with six points in total (3G, 3A).
The Glace Bay, N.S. native was asked about his steady progress on the back end of his fifth professional season.
“You are going to have ups and downs. You’re going to have good years and bad years. It’s just trusting the process. Everyone wants to play in the NHL, but there’s different ways to get there, and different ways to get back there. So, it’s just, enjoy this process and keep getting better each and every day.”
The Moose and Rocket play a rematch of tonight’s contest tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT. Coverage for that game begins at 1:45 p.m. CT with Mitch Peacock and the pregame show on TSN 1290, moosehockey.com/listenlive/, the Moose App, and AHLTV.