Recap: Rockford 1 at Moose 3By: Daniel Fink | Published: March 9th 2019
Manitoba Moose (28-26-3-2) vs. Rockford IceHogs (27-24-3-6)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Man.
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Rockford IceHogs||Anton Forsberg||57:21||25||22|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||59:45||34||33|
|1||5:58||MB||A. D’Aoust (7)||C. Maclise (2)||K. Reichel (6)||ES||1-0 MB|
|1||17:52||MB||R. White (1)||L. Stanley (8)||K. Reichel (7)||ES||2-0 MB|
|3||2:48||RFD||D. Gilbert (3)||P. Holland (32)||J. Schroeder (22)||ES||2-1 MB|
|3||4:23||MB||F. Girard (3)||A. D’Aoust (5)||J. Oligny (6)||ES||3-1 MB|
The Manitoba Moose (28-26-3-2) held on for a 3-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs (27-24-3-6) in Manitoba’s annual Autism Awareness Game at Bell MTS Place. The Moose went to an early penalty kill, but didn’t allow a shot on the disadvantage. Following the penalty call, the clock didn’t stop again until the 5:58 mark when the Moose opened the scoring. Cam Maclise sent a pass from the half-wall into the slot for Alexis D’Aoust who rifled a shot to the back of the net. Manitoba extended its lead with 2:08 left in the period when Ryan White scored his first of the season by knocking in a Logan Stanley rebound. The Moose only allowed three shots on goal in the first as they took a 2-0 lead to the intermission.
The second frame saw the IceHogs push back, outshooting Manitoba by an 11-7 count in the period. Eric Comrie turned away all 11 shots he faced, including a post-to-post stop on Spencer Watson’s redirect during a two-on-one rush. Michael Spacek nearly pushed the Moose lead to three goals, but was thwarted by the post on a backhand chance. The IceHogs found some iron as well when a one-timer on a mid-period power play rattled off the post. The Moose carried 1:16 of power play time, and a 2-0 lead into the third.
Rockford cut the lead in half 2:48 into the third when a bouncing puck found Dennis Gilbert who ripped home the IceHogs first tally of the night. The visitors nearly tied the game seconds later, but Comrie came up with one of the biggest of his 19 saves in the period. Shortly after the Comrie stop, D’Aoust served up a perfect saucer pass to Felix Girard who put the Moose ahead 3-1 just 1:35 after the Gilbert marker. That would be all the offence the Moose needed as they held back the IceHogs’ late push to take the 3-1 win.
- Ryan White played his first game since Dec. 1, missing 36 games due to injury.
- Kristian Reichel notched his first AHL multi-point game with two assists.
- Alexis D’Aoust tallied his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist.
- The Moose are 13-1-0-1 in their past 15 games at Bell MTS Place.
Forward Ryan White on scoring the game-winner – “It’s a lot of fun man. It was huge. You know I haven’t scored all year and to get a big goal… you know just to get one is a lot of fun, let alone getting a big one. I think everyone knows this is a big game, and everyone knows we’re chasing these guys. I’ve been waiting for a week to play, so I’m just pretty happy one went in tonight.”
Goaltender Eric Comrie – “I think (Ryan White) is kind of the heart and soul of our team. A lot of people don’t realize that. He’s kind of the leader that a lot of people don’t see because he was out for a while, but he’s a really big piece of this team, and I think he realizes that and guys realize how important he is to us.”
The Moose and IceHogs go again Sunday afternoon in a 2 p.m. CT puck drop. Tickets for the rematch are available at moosehockey.com/tickets.