Recap: Moose 3 at Laval 2 OTBy: Jennifer Redenbach | Published: February 22nd 2021
- Cole Perfetti set up Ville Heinola for the overtime winning goal.
- Jeff Malott’s third period goal gives him tallies in back-to-back games.
- Mikhail Berdin stopped 19 of 21 shots during the second period. The netminder faced 41 attempts on the evening.
The Manitoba Moose (3-2-0-0) were on the winning end of a 3-2 overtime decision against the Laval Rocket (3-1-1-0) on Monday night at Bell Centre in Montreal, Que. With 6:42 off the clock, Jesse Ylonen tried to send the puck around the boards however missed his target and sent a shot into his own net. Ville Heinola was credited with the unassisted goal and marked his first career AHL tally. The Moose were awarded two power play opportunities during the period but were unable to capitalize.
At 7:23 in the second period, Corey Schueneman wound up from the blue line and tied the game 1-1. With a minute left in the second frame, Otto Leskinen scored for the Rocket giving the club the 2-1 lead. Laval outshot Manitoba by a 21-5 margin during the second period.
Just 15 seconds into the third period, Jeff Malott tracked down a bouncing puck and blasted a shot past Laval netminder Vasily Demchenko tying the game at two. Both clubs saw high-chance opportunities to get the go-ahead goal during the third period. With 4:55 remaining, Cole Perfetti found Leon Gawanke open in front of the net and the German defender appeared to have scored, but Gawanke’s attempt was ruled no goal. The clubs stayed tied in regulation and the contest required extra time to decide a winner.
The Moose were up a man during overtime as Kevin Lynch was still sitting for a tripping called late in the third period. Just 53 seconds into extra time, Cole Perfetti set up Heinola for a one-timer and the defenceman ripped a shot to the back of the net to stamp Manitoba’s 3-2 victory.
- Ville Heinola scored his first career AHL goal in the first period and later recorded the overtime winner, marking his first career AHL multi-goal game.
- Mikhail Berdin has faced 40+ shots on two occasions this season (tonight’s contest and Feb. 18 vs. TOR), both of which resulted in victory for the Moose.
- Nathan Todd is currently on a four-game point streak (2G, 2A) as he picked up the secondary assist on Heinola’s overtime tally.
- Cole Perfetti recorded his first career AHL assist on Heinola’s extra-time marker.
Head Coach Pascal Vincent on Ville Heinola and Cole Perfetti
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“(Heinola and Perfetti) have been part of the offence since the first game. They’ve been able to create, even in tight and there’s a battle. They’ve been able to create some offence, but to be able to produce at key times, that’s a skill as well.”
Defenceman Ville Heinola on developing the overtime winner
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“I had no idea what we were doing, if I’m being honest with you. I just, like, we have to be creative with our (power play) and, you know, make those plays and shoot the puck. And that one went in, so that’s good.”