FAST FACTS: Moose vs. Milwaukee – Nov. 21By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: November 21st 2021
The Moose seek a fourth straight victory this afternoon when they host the Milwaukee Admirals for the third consecutive game. Friday’s outing saw Kristian Reichel score the game-winning goal with less than a minute to go in regulation as the Moose grabbed a 4-3 win. Today is the Hockey Fights Cancer Game in Support of Camp Quality Manitoba. The Moose don limited edition lavender jerseys which will be auctioned with the proceeds going to Camp Quality. Tickets for today’s game are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m.
A Blast from Bowanville
Declan Chisholm burst back onto the scoresheet with three points
(2G, 1A) including an assist on the Kristian Reichel game winner with under a minute to go. The two goals on Friday represent Chisholm’s first professional multi-goal game and match his rookie season total of two goals in 28 games. The Bowmanville, Ont. native has been on a heater the last two games and has five points (2G, 3A) as the Moose have won their last three games in a row. Chisholm is up to nine points (2G, 7A) on the season which puts him on track to shatter his previous AHL career high of 13 points (2G, 11A).
The Manitoba Moose and Milwaukee Admirals have become familiar foes this season. Today’s game marks the fifth clash between the two sides since Nov. 5 and the third in a span of four days. Including today’s game, the Admirals have been Manitoba’s opponent five times in a nine-game span. The Moose have been on the receiving end of the majority of the wins in the season series with a 3-0-1-0 record against the Admirals thus far. The boys in antlers have also outscored the Admirals 15-10 over that span. The teams get a break from each other following this set. The two clubs next face off Jan. 12/22.
Defence Turning into Offence
The Manitoba Moose defence group features seven Winnipeg Jets draft picks, including four players picked in the first three rounds of the NHL Draft. That pedigree is showing through early in the season as the Moose lead the AHL with 12 goals scored by defencemen. Johnathan Kovacevic and Leon Gawanke lead the Moose with three goals each. On their own, Kovacevic and Gawanke each have as many, or more, goals than seven AHL teams’ blueliners. Moose defenders account for 24.4 percent of Manitoba’s goals on the campaign. The Moose feature four defencemen (Heinola, Gawanke, Chisholm and Kovacevic) in the top-13 scoring defenders. Heinola leads the team with 11 points (1G, 10A) and is tied for fifth among AHL blueliners.
Austin Poganski has been on a tear for the month of November. The Moose forward has four points (2G, 2A) in his past three games, all of which have been Moose victories. Poganski’s seven points (2G, 5A) in November also ties him for second overall in team scoring for the month. The forward is up to nine points (3G, 6A) in 15 games this season. Poganski set a career high in AHL points during his 2018-19 season with the San Antonio Rampage when he recorded 30 points (10G, 20A) over the course of 56 games.
Defenceman Leon Gawanke checked in with two assists in Manitoba’s 4-3 win over Milwaukee on Friday. The Berlin, Germany. native is up to 10 points (3G, 7A) in 15 games. The defenceman has two assists in back-to-back games and seven points (2G, 5A) in his last five games. Gawanke was a fifth round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2017 NHL Draft.