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The Moose concluded the home portion of the 2018-19 season with an afternoon re-match against the Heat coming into this game having won three straight games. After yesterday’s 1-0 win the Moose moved back into a playoff spot and they will be looking to keep that rolling against Stockton.
With this being the last home game of the regular season the Moose handed out their end of year awards. The winners were:
Leading Scorer Award – Seth Griffith
(wasn’t handed out because the game needed to play but he is the winner).
Community Service Award – Peter Stoykewych.
3 Stars Award – Eric Comrie.
Rookie of the Year Award – Logan Stanley.
Best Defenceman Award – Tucker Poolman
Most Valuable Player – Eric Comrie.
Despite the fact that the Moose outshot the Heat in the 1st period they found themselves down 1-0 to the visitors after giving up a power play goal on the 5 on 3. They were also unable to take advantage of three straight power plays to end the 1st period. Credit to Stockton goalie Tyler Parsons who really kept his team in the game in that opening period of play stopping all 14 shots he faced.
After Moose captain Peter Stoykewych tied the game early in the 2nd off a nice pass by Mason Appleton the wheels completely fell off for Manitoba. They gave up five straight goals and just didn’t look like the same team we’ve become accustomed to watching. When the Heat got their fifth goal of the game that was enough for bench boss Pascal Vincent to pull goalie Mikhail Berdin from the game.
The 3rd period some some more shenanigans and despite a goal by Seth Griffith on the power play this one was never in doubt.
The Moose saluted their fans despite the loss and gave away sticks to conclude Fan Appreciation Day. Over 8200 in attendance for the home season finale.
That was just the third regulation loss by the Moose in their last 24 games at Bell MTS Place.
3. Milwaukee 83 pts (73 games)
4. Manitoba 81 pts (73 games)
5. Iowa 81 pts (73 games)
6. Texas 80 pts (73 games)
7. Rockford 78 pts (73 games)
Next Game Action:
The Moose will be in recovery mode on Monday and then will likely hit the ice for practice on Tuesday as they get set to play the final three regular season games on the road. They will begin next Friday in Grand Rapids.
I also appear on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show every Saturday on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am.
And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.