Fast Facts: Moose vs. Rockford – Nov. 4By: Manitoba Moose Staff | Published: November 4th 2023
The Manitoba Moose are back on home ice after last week's quick trip down to Texas. The four-game home stand opens against the Rockford IceHogs this afternoon (2 p.m.) at Canada Life Centre. The Moose are coming off a pair of extra-time wins against the Stars including a 3-2 shootout win and a 6-5 overtime victory. The IceHogs roll in with two straight wins behind them as the teams clash in their first meeting of the season.
It's Manitoba Made Day at Canada Life Centre, celebrating everything that makes our province great. It also features a post-game perogy giveaway. Tickets are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS.
He Shoots, He Scores!
Ashton Sautner notched a pair of goals, including the overtime-winner on Saturday. With the pair of markers, Sautner was able to equal his entire goal output from the 2022-23 season, a mark he achieved over the course of 68 total games. With the tally, the defenceman who has 357 games of AHL experience under his belt, has recorded his first game-winning goal since the 2017-18 regular season when he was a member of the Utica Comets. The two-goal contest also marked the first of Sautner’s professional career and registered as his sixth career multi-point AHL contest. The defenceman has notched three points (2G, 1A) through his first six games of the 2023-24 campaign.
Nikita Chibrikov notched three assists in the second game of the weekend against Texas. Two of those assists were marked as the primary helper, including the pass to Ashton Sautner for the overtime-winning goal. The trio of helpers marks Chibrikov’s first AHL three-point outing and gives the forward five points (5A) over his past three contests. The winger sits third in Moose scoring and his eight points (1G, 7A) places him in a tie for fourth overall in the AHL rookie scoring race. Chibrikov joins both Wyatt Bongiovanni and Kyle Capobianco as Moose skaters who have posted three or more points in a single game so far this season.
Shorty on the Board
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored a shorthanded marker in the second period in Manitoba’s most recent contest. The forward, a Washington fifth round pick in 2016, has goals in two of his past three contests. The shorthanded tally is Jonsson-Fjallby’s first of the season and gives him five over the course of his career, more than any other Moose skater. The Stockholm, Sweden product has scored at least one shorthanded goal in every full AHL season he has participated in, with a career-high of two coming in 2020-21 with the Hershey Bears.
Danny Zhilkin notched a pair of milestones on the road Saturday against Texas. The forward, Winnipeg’s 2022 third round pick, scored his first professional goal 56 seconds into the contest. Zhilkin later added a second period shorthanded assist on Axel Jonsson-Fjallby’s goal, which gave the forward his first AHL assist and multi-point contest. The pivot also posted four shots in the contest, which holds up as a new career-high.
Jeffrey Viel posted an assist in Manitoba’s Saturday win. The forward, who inked a one-year contract with Winnipeg in 2023, now has assists in consecutive games, his first point streak of the season. The helper was also Viel’s 50th career assist and pushes the forward to 95 career points (45G, 50A) in 218 AHL games split between San Jose and Manitoba.