Recap: Moose 3 at Toronto 2By: Daniel Fink | Published: February 27th 2019
Manitoba Moose (26-25-3-2) at Toronto Marlies (29-19-6-3)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto, Ont.
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||60:00||26||24|
|Toronto Marlies||Michael Hutchinson||60:00||33||30|
|1||7:00||MB||S. Griffith (9)||T. Poolman (15)||M. Appleton (11)||PP||1-0 MB|
|1||10:46||MB||M. Dano (9)||ES||2-0 MB|
|1||14:16||TOR||D. Timashov (8)||M. Carcone (19)||M. Marincin (3)||ES||2-1 MB|
|2||4:28||TOR||A. Brooks (14)||J. Bracco (41)||R. Sandin (7)||PP||2-2|
|3||19:26||MB||S. Griffith (10)||M. Spacek (26)||J. Harkins (10)||ES||3-2 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (26-25-3-2) got a late goal to top the Toronto Marlies (29-19-6-3) by a 3-2 score Wednesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Coliseum. The Moose opened the scoring seven minutes into the first when Seth Griffith picked the far corner on Michael Hutchinson for a power play tally. Manitoba made it 2-0 at 10:46 as Marko Dano created a turnover on the forecheck, then had his centering feed redirect into the net off a defender. Toronto got one back with 5:46 to go in the period courtesy of a Dmytro Timashov wrister that beat a screened Eric Comrie. The Moose outshot the Marlies 14-8 as they took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission.
Toronto pulled even 4:28 into the second frame as Adam Brooks tapped in a Jeremy Bracco pass from the half-wall on the power play. The Marlies grabbed the momentum from there, but Comrie held the hosts off the board for the remainder of the period. The Moose got on the attack in the late stages of the second, including a power play with a couple minutes left, but Hutchinson made 11 stops to keep the game tied 2-2 heading to the third.
The contest looked to be headed for overtime through a tight-checking third period. The teams combined for just 14 shots through the first 19 minutes of the frame. There was one more shot on goal in the final minute, and it went to Manitoba. Jansen Harkins drove toward the Toronto net and slid the puck out front where it redirected off Michael Spacek to Griffith. The former Marlies forward snapped the puck into the goal, with 34 seconds left, for his second tally of the game and a 3-2 Moose lead. The Marlies weren’t able to generate a tying goal in the final moments as the Moose came away with a crucial two points.
- Eric Comrie reached the 20-win mark for the first time in his career.
- Seth Griffith crossed the 40-point plateau for the fourth straight season.
- Mason Appleton and Tucker Poolman each recorded an assist in their return to the Moose lineup.
- Appleton has points in three straight AHL games with four points (1G, 3A).
The Moose head to Belleville for a pair of games against the Senators on Friday and Saturday. Tune in to the action on moosehockey.com, the Moose App and AHLTV, with Saturday’s game broadcast on TSN 1290, starting at 5:45 p.m. CT.