Manitoba Snaps Seven-Game Losing Streak
WINNIPEG, MB – The losing is over. At least, for this weekend. The Manitoba Moose have ended a seven-game (0-5-1-1) losing streak.
On Saturday night, in front of 5,442 at MTS Centre, the Moose got a pair of goals from Kyle Connor and a goal and two assists from Jack Roslovic as the Moose built a 5-1 lead over the Rockford IceHogs and geld on for a 5-3 victory.
With the win, the Moose not only put a halt to that seven-game losing streak, they improved to 24-32-4-5 on the season and pulled a point ahead of the IceHogs in the race to escape the basement in the American Hockey League’s Central Division.
It was a big win and it was accomplished in front of the franchise’s Five Millionth fan. At 6:14 p.m. CDT, Paul Vieira walked through the doors at MTS Centre and became the five millionth fan to attend a Manitoba Moose home game. Vieira, a long-time Moose ticket holder, was presented with a commemorative ticket and one-of-a-kind Manitoba Moose jersey. Vieira also received a pair of 2017-18 Manitoba Moose Season Seats, and as a final acknowledgment of the milestone, Vieira was presented with a commemorative MTS Centre seat.
Perhaps, more importantly, Vieira got to see his Moose win a hockey game.
Ryan Olsen opened the scoring for the Moose at 13:43 of the first period with an unassisted goal as the Moose led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
Then, in the second period the Moose built a 3-1 lead as Dan DeSalvo scored his 15th of the season from Jan Kostalek and Roslovic at 4:03 and then Roslovic scored his 12th of the year from newcomer Jake Kulevich and Kevin Czuczman at 12:47. Luke Johnson got the IceHogs on the board at 19:59 of the second but the Moose were in control.
Connor scored back-to-back goals, his 20th and 21st of the season , at 59 seconds and 2:19 of the second period as the Moose built a 5-1 lead. DeSalvo and Roslovic assisted on the first goal while Czuczman and De Leo assisted on the second.
Jake Dowell and Tyler Motte scored late in the game for Rockford, but this one was in the bag early as the Moose cruised to their first win since March 3.
The Mooise outshot the IceHogs 37-27. Both Eric Comrie in the Moose net and Jeff Glass in the IceHogs net made 24 saves. However, Mac Carruth replaced Glass with 18:31 to play for Rockford and stopped eight of the nine shots he faced. The Moose went one-for-five on the power play while the IceHogs went zero-for-three.
Connor was the game’s first star, Roslovic was No. 2 and DeSalvo, with a goal and an assist, was No. 3. Connor led the Moose with six shots on goal.
Manitoba plays again on Thursday night when the Milwaukee Admirals invade MTS Centre. The Moose and Admirals will play back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday nights this week. Game time for both games is 7 p.m.
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photos by James Carey Lauder