Fast Facts: Moose at Abbotsford – March 8By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: March 8th 2023
The Manitoba Moose rematch with the Abbotsford Canucks tonight in Abbotsford. The Moose snagged a 4-3 win in the opener of the back-to-back set. Jeff Malott’s second goal of the game stood up as the game-winner. The antlered ones have wins in nine of their past 11 games and points in 17 of the past 20 games as the Moose enter the final quarter of the season. Coverage of tonight’s 9 p.m. CT game gets going at 8:45 p.m. CT on CJOB.com/sports, the Winnipeg Jets App and AHLTV.
The Final Stretch
Playing its 54th game of the season last night, Manitoba is now three quarters of the way through the 2022-23 season. At this point of the campaign, the Moose have a record of 31-17-3-3, which ranks the club third in the Central Division with 68 points and a .630 winning percentage. The Moose have scored 171 goals and have given up 163. With 18 games remaining on the docket, Manitoba ranks second in the league on the power play, which is clicking at 23.4% and seventh in the league on the penalty kill, which operates at 83.9%. Dating back to the 2021-22 season, after 54 contests, the Moose had a record of 32-17-3-2, good for 69 points and second in the Central Division.
Wins on the Board
The Moose racked up their 31st win of the season last night and 30th regulation or overtime win. Manitoba is the first team in the Central Division to reach 30 wins outside of the shootout. The Moose have 23 wins in regulation and are tied for the league-lead with seven overtime victories. The Moose reached the mark on the strength of nine wins in their past 11 games. Manitoba’s offence has been consistent during that stretch, recording three or more goals in 10 of the past 12 games.
Jeff Malott notched a pair of goals in Manitoba’s win yesterday evening. That pushes the forward’s goal total to 19, which paces all Moose skaters. The goals also raise the Waterdown, Ont. product to 31 points, marking the second time in his AHL career surpassing the 30-point mark. Malott, who is set to skate in his 150th AHL contest, has racked up 92 points (56G, 36A) in his career. The winger holds a five-goal edge atop the Moose goals leaderboard. If Malott is able to lead the Moose in goals, it would be his third straight season doing so. No Moose skater has accomplished the feat in franchise history. At this point in the 2021-22 season, Malott had scored 18 goals and went on to lead the antlered ones with 23 markers.
Jansen Harkins notched three assists in yesterday’s win. It was the forward’s first three-point game of the season, and vaulted Harkins to 31 points (14G, 17A). That mark ties a career-high in points for the forward, who achieved the feat twice prior, in 70 and 30 games. It only took Harkins 26 games this season.