Recap: Manitoba 1 at Milwaukee 2By: Anthony Fusco | Published: May 7th 2022
- Morgan Barron scored for the Moose in the loss
- Devin Cooley finished with 43 saves and the win for Milwaukee
- Jimmy Huntington recorded the game-winner with 46 seconds left in the contest
The Manitoba Moose (0-2) skated in game two of their Central Division Semifinals series against the Milwaukee Admirals (2-0) Saturday evening at UW-M Panther Arena.
Both Manitoba and Milwaukee battled to a scoreless draw after the opening 20 minutes of play. The Moose were granted the only chance on the man-advantage, but were unable to find twine. The visiting Moose and home side Admirals both had a couple decent scoring chances as the period wound down, but neither side was able to do any significant damage. Mikhail Berdin ended the first period with six saves, while at the other end of the ice, Devin Cooley finished with nine of his own.
The deadlock continued between the Moose and Admirals through 40 minutes. Manitoba had the best chances and were able to work on a pair of second period power play opportunities. Admirals netminder Cooley was excellent and continued to stymie the Moose attack. Manitoba fired 22 shots on goal in the middle frame, but were unable to score. Despite outshooting Milwaukee 31-9, the clubs were tied 0-0 heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
Milwaukee opened the scoring in the third. Jimmy Huntington snuck behind the Moose defence and tipped a redirected pass past Berdin just 2:10 into the final stanza to push Milwaukee ahead 1-0. The Moose needed a goal and pulled Berdin in favour of the extra attacker in the final two minutes. Declan Chisholm got the puck to Morgan Barron. The forward fired a hard shot over the arm of Cooley to tie the contest 1-1. Jimmy Huntington replied seconds later to put the Admirals ahead 2-1 with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Manitoba couldn’t manufacture any further offence and fell 2-1 in the second game of the series. Berdin ended the night with 14 saves and was tagged with the loss. Cooley captured the win and finished with 43 stops of his own.
Moose Head Coach Mark Morrison (Click for full interview)
“We’ve had over 80 shots on net and we need to find a way to be better at finding rebounds and creating more rebounds. To be honest, we had 42 or something here tonight, but it felt like a lot (Cooley) hung onto them. He’s seeing them and he’s holding them, there’s no dirty pucks in the crease to find. There are things we’re going to have to do to create those. ”
- Morgan Barron scored his first Calder Cup Playoffs goal
- Declan Chisholm has tallied three points (1G, 2A) his past two games
- Leon Gawanke has recorded two points (2A) his past two contests
- 17 of the 18 Moose skaters recorded a shot on goal
- 12 Moose skaters recorded two shots or more in the loss
The Moose return home to Canada Life Centre for Game 3 of the series on Wednesday, May 11. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT. Single-game tickets for are available at MooseHockey.com/TICKETS. Manitoba Moose playoff ticket packages, which guarantee your seat for the entire playoff run, are available at MooseHockey.com/PLAYOFFS.