Fast Facts: Moose at Milwaukee – Division Semifinals Game 3By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: May 3rd 2023
The Manitoba Moose and Milwaukee Admirals shift their Central Division Semifinal series to Milwaukee for Game 3 of the series. The Moose evened the series 1-1 with a 3-2 overtime victory on Sunday. Cole Maier tied the game with 53 seconds remaining in regulation and Jansen Harkins gave Manitoba the win just over 90 seconds into the extra frame.
Can’t Keep Up With The Jones
Nicholas Jones opened the scoring in Game 2 on Sunday. The forward, who re-signed a two-year contract with Manitoba in 2022, finished the contest with a goal, three shots and a plus-three rating. Entering the third game of the series, Jones is the lone Moose and third player in this series to post a plus-three rating in a playoff contest. The Edmonton, Alta. product has notched four points (3G, 1A) over the course of seven playoff contests, all with Manitoba and all against Milwaukee.
Sunday’s game saw Cole Maier notch his first career playoff tally, which tied the contest with under a minute left. That subsequently sent Game 2 into overtime, which is the first time a Moose playoff game required the extra period since the team returned to Winnipeg in 2015-16. Jansen Harkins notched the winning tally and tied the series 1:32 into the frame. The last time the Moose organization played an overtime playoff contest was back in 2014 when the team was operating as the St. John’s IceCaps. The IceCaps dropped that contest in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals on June 17, 2014 against the Texas Stars. Prior to the Harkins overtime winner this past Sunday, snapped a six-game overtime losing streak for the franchise. The previous win was May 6, 2012, when Ben Maxwell played the hero for the IceCaps as they defeated Wilkes-Barre Scranton.
Rounding Back Into Form
Declan Chisholm registered two assists in Manitoba’s overtime victory. The defenceman, a fifth round pick of Winnipeg in 2018, has produced four multi-point playoff outings in his AHL career. Chisholm, who posted a career-high 43 points (5G, 38A) in the regular season, is currently tied for the team-lead in playoff scoring. Over the past two seasons, no Moose skater has more points in the post-season than Chisholm’s nine points (2G, 7A) in seven games.
Oskari Salminen made his AHL playoff debut and helped backstop the team to a 3-2 overtime victory. Salminen, who inked a two-year entry-level contract with Winnipeg in 2022, ended the contest with a .938 save percentage after facing 32 shots. Entering the post-season contest, the Kotka, Finland product had six playoff starts in Liiga under his belt between KooKoo and Jukurit. Salminen put together a 3-3-0 record alongside a 2.36 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage as well as one shutout. During the regular season, Salminen accumulated a 18-13-6 record with a 3.06 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage.
Cole Maier notched the game-tying goal with under a minute to play on Sunday. The marker represented Maier’s first career AHL playoff goal, and brings the pivot up to three points (1G, 2A) in seven post-season contests. The forward has eight shots over two games and currently has a plus-one rating in the series.