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Fast Facts: Moose at Grand Rapids - Feb. 9 - Manitoba Moose


Fast Facts: Moose at Grand Rapids – Feb. 9

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: February 9th 2024

The Moose come out of the AHL All-Star Break in search of their second straight win. They get things rolling against the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight (6 p.m. CT) at Van Andel Arena. Manitoba comes in with wins in four of its past five while the Griffins have won six in a row, with two of those victories coming at the expense of the Moose. Coverage of tonight's 6 p.m. CT game gets rolling at 5:45 p.m. CT on CJOB.com/sports, the Winnipeg Jets App and AHLTV.

Climbing the Leaderboard

Jeff Malott scored the overtime-winning goal against the IceHogs in Rockford. The winger’s extra time tally was his first OT winner of the season and fifth overall in his Moose career. That moves him past former Moose defenceman and current assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner for first in franchise history. The Waterdown, Ont. product’s overtime goal was the 13th game-winning goal of his career, which ties him for sixth on the franchise list with current Winnipeg Jet Mason Appleton. Malott’s goal was also the 70th of his Moose tenure, which ties him for eighth all-time in franchise history. The winger, who has reached the double-digit goal plateau in every AHL season he’s appeared in, has tallied 26 points (10G, 16A) through 40 games.

Stay Hot!

Kristian Reichel scored a goal in Manitoba’s recent win over Rockford. The goal extended the forward’s point streak to a career-long six games and has seen Reichel produce six points (4G, 2A) over that span. The Litvinov, Czech Republic native has tallied 14 points (9G, 5A) in 40 games this season. Reichel has broken the double-digit point barrier every AHL season he’s skated in and is three goals away from matching his previous career-high of 12. The forward is closing in on a pair of milestones. Reichel is three assists away from 50 in his career as well as being 10 points shy of 100. Reichel has notched 90 points (43G, 47A) in 254 AHL contests, all with Manitoba.

Roster Moves

The Winnipeg Jets loaned forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to the Manitoba Moose. Jonsson-Fjallby has posted five points (3G, 2A) through 10 games with the Moose this season. The Stockholm, Sweden product has also registered five points (2G, 3A) in 26 games with Winnipeg in 2023-24. The Jets also reassigned defenceman Dmitry Kuzmin from the Moose to the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals.  Kuzmin has appeared in 10 contests for the Moose this season and posted a pair of assists. Meanwhile, Manitoba released forward Brett Kemp from his professional tryout. The winger appeared in 10 games for the Moose and posted a pair of assists.

Solid Production

Jeffrey Viel notched an assist in Manitoba’s game against Rockford. The forward, who signed a one-year contract with Winnipeg in 2023, is riding a three-game point streak and has produced three points (1G, 2A) in that span. Viel has tallied 17 points (7G, 10A) through 38 games and ranks sixth in Moose scoring. The winger also paces the Moose with two insurance tallies on the campaign.

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Nicholas Jones scored a goal in Manitoba’s win in Rockford. The Edmonton, Alta. product scored in consecutive games and has notched 11 points (5G, 6A) over 28 games. The winger has scored at least one shorthanded goal in each of the past four campaigns. Jones, who is closing in on 100 career AHL points, has tallied 95 points (33G, 62A) in 264 games.