Manitoba Moose Lose Shootout to Rockford
WINNIPEG, MB – No matter how well they play, the Manitoba Moose just can’t play well enough.
Friday night, in front of 4,802 spectators at MTS Centre, the Moose outshot the Rockford IceHogs 38-33 and got a solid goaltending performance from rookie Jamie Phillips. And still, they lost to Rockford 2-1 in a shootout.
With the loss, the Moose dropped their seventh straight game (0-5-1-1) and fell to 23-32-4-5 on the season. They now trail the IceHogs by one point in the race to escape the basement in the American Hockey League’s Central Division.
Scoreless for 40 Minutes
After playing two scoreless periods to start the game – the Moose outshot Rockford 22-20 through the first 40 minutes – the IceHogs opened the scoring at 1:04 of the third when Kyle Braun beat Phillips with his 13th of the season.
But the Moose battled back, buzzed the goal of IceHogs netminder Jeff Glass and finally got the equalizer when Chase De Leo scored his 13th of the season from Scott Kosmachuk and Oakbank’s Quinton Howden.
Then, in overtime, the Moose outshot the IceHogs 5-1 and had three solid scoring chances, but Glass was too good. In the shootout, Glass stopped Kyle Connor, Jack Roslovic and Chase De Leo while Anthony Louis finally beat Phillips with the winning goal.
De Leo Named First Star
De Leo was the game’s first star, Glass was No. 2 and Phillips was No. 3. The Moose went zero-for-four on the power play while the IceHogs were zero-for-three. De Leo led the Moose with six shots on goal while Howden and Kosmachuk had four each.
Manitoba and Rockford meet up for Game 2 of this two-game weekend series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at MTS Centre.
— Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – James Carey Lauder