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Fast Facts: Moose vs. Marlies - March 29 - Manitoba Moose


Fast Facts: Moose vs. Marlies – March 29

By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: March 29th 2024

The Manitoba Moose and Toronto Marlies get together this afternoon (2 p.m.) for a rematch of Toronto's 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday. Manitoba outshot Toronto by a 28-19 margin, but only found the back of the net once on Jeffrey Viel's 14th goal of the season. Former Moose Logan Shaw scored the overtime winner and added an assist on the Marlies' only goal of regulation.

The Moose Spring Break Staycation continues at today's game with the first 2,000 fans through the doors at Canada Life Centre receiving a beach tote bag. Tickets for today's 2 p.m. contest are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS.

On the Board

Jeffrey Viel scored the lone Moose goal on Wednesday. The winger, who inked a one-year contract with Winnipeg in 2023, has posted four points (3G, 1A) over his past five games. Viel has tallied 32 points (14G, 18A) in 59 games, which is a new career-high mark. In addition, the forward is one goal shy of matching the career-best 15 goals he netted  in 2022-23 when he was a member of the San Jose Barracuda. Viel has topped 30 points, along with 100 penalty minutes, three times in his AHL career and the forward’s two game-winning tallies this season are also a new career-high. Viel has registered 125 points (59G, 66A) in 271 games split between the Moose and Barracuda.

Chipping In

Kristian Reichel posted an assist against Toronto in Manitoba’s most recent outing. The Litvinov, Czech Republic native is now up to 30 points (17G, 13A) through 61 games. It’s the first time in his AHL career Reichel has reached the 30-point plateau. The current campaign has seen the pivot post new-career high numbers in goals, points and shots. Additionally, Reichel is two assists away from matching the career-high 15 helpers he tallied in 2022-23.

Pucks to the Net

The Moose have outshot their opposition by a minimum of eight shots in all five games of their current homestand. Manitoba outshot opponents by a 164-94 mark over those contests for a plus-70 shot differential. The Moose are averaging 32.8 shots per game on the homestand while allowing just 18.8 shots per game. The largest differential came on March 23 when Manitoba outshot Abbotsford by a 45-12 mark. The 12 shots allowed are currently the fewest in the AHL this season. Despite the multitude of shots, the Moose have scored 12 goals during the five games for an average of 2.4 goals per game and a 7.3 shooting percentage.

Massive March

The Moose enjoyed a strong month, climbing into a playoff position with a seven point lead over Iowa heading into the final 10 games of the season. Manitoba posted a 9-3-1-0 record through 13 of its 14 games in the month. The offence was flowing during the month with the Moose recording 51 goals in March, an average of 3.9 goals per game. Manitoba tallied at least six goals four times during the month. The Moose also allowed just 34 goals for an average of 2.6 goals against per game. Brad Lambert leads the Moose, and the entire AHL, with 18 points (4G, 14A) through 13 games of March.

Who's Trending?

Parker Ford tallied an assist against Toronto on Wednesday. The forward has recorded seven points (4G, 3A) over his past 10 games. Ford, who signed a two-year entry-level contract with Winnipeg in 2023, ranks fifth in Moose scoring with 33 points (14G, 19A) in 62 contests. The winger also paces the club in game-winning tallies with six on the season.