Wolves swarm Moose but Manitoba holds on for 3-2 win
(1) Game Summary
After a successful road trip which saw the Moose (8-5-1-1), win 4 of 6 games, the team returned home to take on a division rival, the Chicago Wolves (4-7-1-0). While most AHL teams represent just one NHL club, the Wolves are unique, they take in players from both the Vegas Golden Knights, and the St. Louis Blues.
Just 1:16 into the game, a defensive breakdown (which began in the neutral zone with Julian Melchiori) led to a 2-on-1 against; Sami Niku was unable to stop the pass across, and Stefan Matteau ended up in the danger zone, all alone and beat Michael Hutchinson with a slick backhand deke. With just 3:14 left in the first, J.C Lipon entered the zone on a seemingly harmless play, but with Peter Stoykewych crashing the net, the shot caromed off of him and found its way in.
2:40 into the period, Brendan Lemieux came down the left wing and ripped a wrist shot, bar-down from the faceoff dot. Michael Hutchinson made several great saves, including a huge right-pad save partway through to keep the Moose up by 1. But with 4:37 left in the second, Stefan Matteau scored his second goal of the game on a one-timer from the top of the circle which squeeked right through Hutchinson.
3:22 in, Cam Schilling took a wrister from the point and Mason Appleton deflected it in from the slot to give the Moose a 3-2 lead. The Moose relied on Hutchinson from there on in, as he stood on his head, stopping all 16 Wolves shots in the third.
Scratches: Beauvillier, MacLise, Kramer
Scratches: Kulevich, Beaudoin, Nogier (LTIR)
(3) Game Summary
Scoring Summary Link
(4) Player Stats
Brendan Lemieux – 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 high-danger chance, 1 post, 2 shot attempts, 1 shot
Mason Appleton – 1 goal, 1 high-danger chance, 6 shot attempts, 5 shots, 1 takeaway
Michael Hutchinson – 42 saves on 44 shots, including over 10 high-danger chances denied
Jack Roslovic – 5 high-danger chances, 7 shot attempts, 5 shots, 1 takeaway
Nic Petan – 3 shot attempts, 2 shots, 2 high-danger chances created
Tucker Poolman – 1 high-danger chance, 1 high-danger chance created, 2 shots
Sami Niku – 4 shot attempts, 1 shot, 1 high-danger chance created
(6) Next Game Action
7 pm Friday night (Nov. 17), against the Chicago Wolves.