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Fast Facts: Moose vs Abbotsford - March 24 - Manitoba Moose


Fast Facts: Moose vs Abbotsford – March 24

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: March 24th 2024

The Manitoba Moose host the Abbotsford Canucks for their second meeting in less than 24 hours this afternoon (12 p.m.). Manitoba grabbed a 3-2 victory yesterday on the strength of 45 shots. Jeffrey Viel tallied nine of those and scored the game-winning goal in the win. Kyle Capobianco notched a goal and an assist for the Moose. Linus Karlsson and Max Sasson scored the Abbotsford goals. Tickets for today's 12 p.m. matchup are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS.

Early Risers

Today’s game is the third time the Moose play a game starting at 12 p.m. or earlier in their past six games. The previous two occasions saw Manitoba outscore opposition a combined 11-1 in 6-0 and 5-1 victories. Overall, the Moose are 2-2-0-0 in games beginning at noon or earlier this season. Parker Ford leads the team with five points (3G, 2A) in the four games. Brad Lambert is hot on his heels with four points (1G, 3A), with three of those coming in Manitoba’s most recent early contest against Grand Rapids.

Ahead by a Century

Forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby picked up an assist in yesterday’s victory. The helper on Kristian Reichel’s second period power play goal was Jonsson-Fjallby’s 100th career AHL point (52G, 48A). He reached the milestone in 185 career games. The Stockholm, Sweden product recorded his first AHL point on Oct. 17/18 as a member of the Hershey Bears. Jonsson-Fjallby posted 75 points (40G, 35A) with Hershey before picking up 25 points (12G, 13A) as a member of Manitoba. As part of his 100 points, Jonsson-Fjallby has 14 game-winning goals along with six power play tallies and five shorthanded goals.

Finding Points

Jeffrey Viel posted two points (1G, 1A) against Abbotsford yesterday. The forward, who inked a one-year contract with Winnipeg in 2023, is now up to 31 points (13G, 18A) in 57 games. That mark matches his previous career-high set in 2022-23 with San Jose. It is also the third time in his AHL career the forward has reached the 30-point plateau. In addition to the pair of points, Viel also posted nine shots on goal, which is a new career-high. The winger ranks sixth in Moose scoring and has tallied 124 points (58G, 66A) in 269 contests split between Manitoba and San Jose.

Offence From Defence

Kyle Capobianco recorded two points (1G, 1A) in Manitoba’s Saturday win. The defenceman, a former Arizona 2015 third round selection, notched his 10th multi-point outing of the season in the contest. The Mississauga, Ont. product has produced 45 points (9G, 36A) in 58 games and ranks second in Moose scoring. In addition, the defenceman is tied with Brad Hunt for the scoring lead among all AHL blue liners. The defender is one goal shy of matching his previous career-high of 10 and has

Who's Trending?

Nikita Chibrikov recorded an assist yesterday. The forward, a 2021 Winnipeg Jets second round selection, has now posted points in four straight games with four points (1G, 3A) in that span. The four-game streak matches a career-long for the winger. Chibrikov has registered 40 points (16G, 24A) in 59 games and ranks fourth in Moose scoring.