(1) Game Recap
After losing in a 5-round shootout on Friday night, the Moose had a shot at redemption with the Belleville Senators in a Halloween-themed Saturday night match-up.
About halfway through the 1st, Mike Sgarbossa opened the scoring for the home team off a fluky backhand goal from the slot, which deflected off one or two defenders and trickled in. Just over a minute later, Peter Stoykewych took a pass from Mason Appleton and beat Danny Taylor far side with a Mark Messier style wrister from the top of the circle (except this one was through a screen). Later in the 1st, Buddy Robinson broke up a play at his own blueline and went in on a clean breakaway, but wasn’t able to beat Taylor. The first period ended with the Moose up 2-0, with 24 shots attempts overall (20 at even-strength).
Just 26 seconds into the period, Michael Hutchinson left a brutal rebound in the slot and Ben Sexton pounced on it and chipped it just under the crossbar. Later on, Mike Sgarbossa undressed a defender and was in all alone but ran out of room. The teams traded a few chances thereafter, but the rest of the second was scoreless. The Moose had another 20 shot attempts in the second period – all at even-strength
Hutchinson made several good saves to keep the Moose up by 1, but with 2:55 left in the third, Gabriel Gagne blasted a one-timer from the high slot which beat Hutchinson on the blocker side. The Moose didn’t have a shot attempt in the last 5 minutes of the period.
A Jack Roslovic giveaway in the offensive zone led to a breakaway for Filip Chlapik, who tucked in a forehand deke just past Hutchinson’s outstretched pad. The Moose finished the game with 39 shots, and 59 shot attempts.
(2) Scoring Summary
Injured: F Michael Spacek, F Brody Sutter, D Nelson Nogier, D Jan Kostalek
Healthy Scratch: D Tim Daly
(4) Player Notes:
-With a primary assist on the Stoykewych goal, Mason Appleton continued a 5-game point streak; he has 1 goal and 7 assists over that stretch. He also had 2 shots on goal, and a takeaway
-With 2 assists, Buddy Robinson now has a 4-game point streak, with 4 goals and 4 assists; he also had 3 shots on goal, and and two takeaways, including one which created a breakaway
-Rookie winger Cam MacLise – playing on the 4th line with Jansen Harkins – led the Moose with 5 shots on goal, including a great chance from the slot
-Defender Kirill Gotovets led all Moose with 6 shot attempts
-Michael Hutchinson stopped 34/36 in regulation, but gave up the game winner in OT; the game was a roller coaster for Hutch, who had a shaky start in the first, was excellent in the second half of the game, but couldn’t stem the tide of momentum late
-Every Moose player had a shot on goal tonight except captain Patrice Cormier
(5) Next Moose Action
Wednesday, November 1st, in Bakersfield, California against the Oilers farm club, the Condors.