WINNIPEG, MB – Coming off a big 3-1 victory Tuesday night, the Manitoba Moose were looking to earn another win over the Grand Rapids Griffins and salvage the season series with a split.
The Moose were dealt a blow when the Winnipeg Jets decided to promote all-star netminder Eric Comrie after he made 35 saves and stole the show a night earlier. Comrie will get his first NHL start against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Rookie netminder Jamie Phillips would get the call for the Moose in the pipes Wednesday night.
Both teams got off to similar starts, getting a couple of good scoring chances early. But, Phillips would show no signs of nerves, making a pair of big stops as did Jared Coreau in the Griffins net.
After a scoreless first period, the Moose got on the board first when Scott Kosmachuk cashed in his 11th of the year after some nice work from Brenden Kichton and Chase De Leo to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
From there, the Griffins would buzz the remainder of the period and finally got on the board with a power play marker on the stick of Evgeny Svechnikov who got his 19th of the year to tie things at 1-1. All told, Phillips would face 22 shots in the second period and held down the fort for his squad. Things got a little testy late in the second frame when Darren Kramer and Mitch Callahan were looking to get something going but the linesmen jumped in before anything could happen.
After a scoreless third and some great goaltending, this game was headed to overtime.
Grand Rapids ended it halfway through the extra session when Axel Holmstrom buried a rocket past Phillips for his first goal of the season to give the Griffins a 2-1 win.