Preview: Answering the ‘Belle’By: Colin Peterson | Published: March 1st 2019
March 1, 2019 vs Belleville Senators
The Manitoba Moose (26-25-3-2) are in Belleville for a two-game set against the Senators (29-23-2-4) to end their six-game road trip through Eastern Canada. The 6 p.m. CT puck drop at CAA Arena will be available on moosehockey.com/listenlive/, the Moose App, and streamed live on AHLTV.
The Moose enter today’s game after a 3-2 victory in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. Seth Griffith scored twice for Manitoba; a power play goal to open the scoring, and the game winner with 34 second left in regulation time.
Momentum for the Moose seemed to come from several roster returns. Mason Appleton and Tucker Poolman were reassigned by the Jets, while Peter Stoykewych and Skyler McKenzie returned from injuries.
Griffith spoke about the impact the reinforcements had on the team after Wednesday’s win.
“Having those guys back just gave us that extra boost, maybe that extra confidence we needed. You could tell from the first faceoff we were a different team coming out there today than the games in Laval and the last game here in Toronto. It’s good we got some momentum back and hopefully we can carry it on in the Belleville games.”
Belleville is one of the hottest teams in the AHL heading into today’s matchup. The Senators are 11-0-0-4 in their last 15 games, pushing themselves to fifth place in the North Division and back into the playoff hunt.
The Moose haven’t played Belleville since Manitoba’s home-opening series at Bell MTS Place on Oct. 12 and 13. The teams split those games with Eric Comrie stopping 30 shots for a 2-1 victory in the first matchup. That was Comrie’s first win of the season while Wednesday’s victory against the Marlies was number 20 for Manitoba’s netminder, a new career-high.
The fourth-year goaltender spoke about the youth and skill his team will see from their opponents tonight.
“We saw them in Manitoba at the start of the year and they were really good. They were really young at that time and I think they’ve gained some experience and got even better now, and they’ve added some new guys at the deadline. It’s going to be a fun matchup, we have to bring our ‘A-game’. I’m really excited to see what we can do against them.”
The Moose and Senators rematch tomorrow also begins at 6 p.m. CT. Moose fans can hear Mitch Peacock and the pre-game show fifteen minutes before puck drop on TSN 1290, moosehockey.com/listenlive/, the Moose App, or stream the action live on AHLTV.