WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Moose continue to struggle after another tough loss, this time to the first place Chicago Wolves who sit in top spot in the Western Conference in the American Hockey League. The Moose opened up a four-game home stand with a tough 5-3 loss to the Wolves, despite outplaying them for most of the game. If not for a stellar goaltending performance of Jordan Binnington, this game could have had a different out come.
The main problem for the Moose has been finding the back of the net this season on most nights. Thursday night, the baby Jets threw 36 shots on the Wolves net and just couldn’t find that extra hole in the armour of Binnington, who got the win stopping 33 shots including a couple huge stops late in the third off the stick of Josh Morrissey and Scott Kosmmachuk.
Moose goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who has been one of the lone bright spots this season, only faced 19 shots but allowed five goals against the talented Wolves team.
Chicago got goals from Evan Trupp his 1st of the season, Petteri Lindbohm his 1st , Jeremy Welsh sniped a pair for his 4th and 5th goals of the season, and Ivan Barbashev got his 3rd.
Welsh was flying all game long, creating chances almost every shift he was named the game’s first star and looks to be an offensive leader on this Wolves team.
It was a night of firsts all around as the Moose got goals from Chase De Leo his 1st professional goal. Patrice Cormier, just recently returned from a stint up with the NHL Jets, notched his 2nd of the season. Jiri Fronk also notched his professional goal rounded out the Moose scoring.
The young Moose, who are struggling with injuries to some of their vets, played very well and controlled the pace of the game but seemed to be gripping there sticks for the most part. They showed they can play with the top dogs and will look to get back in the win column on Saturday night against these same Wolves.
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