IceHogs get the 2-1 shootout win over Moose
– The Moose came into the game on a 6-game winless streak (0-5-1); with 13 games left, the Moose are 12 points behind 4th place Iowa for the last playoff spot (Iowa has played 3 fewer games)
– The team sits with a record of 23-32-8 – 7th in the Central division; their opponent sits 8th at 21-30-12
– Jamie Phillips gets his fourth start of the season
– Kyle Connor – 42 GP – 19G, 17A, 36P – leads the team in goals and points per game
– Jack Roslovic – 54 GP – 11G, 26A, 37P – leads the team in points
– Brendan Lemieux missed tonight’s game with a knee injury – he’s likely done for the season
Ice Hogs Goal (1): Tyler Motte (Kyle Conner’s former Michigan teammate) came streaking down the left wing and shot took a shot which hit the post and kicked out to Kyle Baun who followed up the play and buried the rebound.
Moose Goal (1): Quinton Howden flipped a backhand pass to the slot – Scott Kosmachuk did a quick touch pass to Chase De Leo, who snapped the puck glove side past 2005 Canadian World Junior Championship goaltender Jeff Glass.
Moose 1 – Kyle Connor: Came into slot, deked backhand-forehand and tried to go upstairs unsuccessfully
Moose 2 – Jack Roslovic: He deked himself dizzy, losing the puck twice and not getting a shot
Moose 3 – Chase De Leo: He deked backhand-forehand twice, then tried to go five-hole.
Ice Hogs (3rd shooter): Anthony Louis and his slick hands came in, got Phillips to go down and put it upstairs blocker side for the win.
Jamie Phillips: He wasn’t asked to be spectacular, but Phillips looked steady in net tonight. He showed good lateral mobility, making a few good cross-crease saves to deny the Ice Hogs in the first period. He might want the rebound back which created the Ice Hogs’ first goal, but rebound control can be tough on a quick reaction save like that one.
Chase De Leo: Back at his natural centre-ice position, De Loe looked fast and confident from the start of the game. He was one of the only Moose players who looked dangerous with the puck in the first two periods, and he was good throughout the game, particularly on the shot which tied the game in the third.
Jack Roslovic: He was wheeling with the puck a lot in the third period and OT, showing tremendous control and poise. He also seems to be improving his defensive game, particularly on the backcheck – he has a knack for bothering the puck carrier with slashes that are big enough to disrupt, but small enough to go escape the officials.
Kyle Connor: He did make a few nice plays, including a two-on-one where he sent Lipon in alone (he wasn’t able to bury). He also was very dangerous in OT, as you would expect with his skill and wheels. He had a mediocre game by his standards though.
Chase De Leo
Next Moose Action:
The Moose take on Rockford Saturday evening at the MTS Centre.