WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Moose were entering their final stretch of the season at home, welcoming the Grand Rapids Griffins to the MTS Centre Tuesday night for the first time this season.
The Moose were 0-2 against Grand Rapids this year and were looking to grab two points from the playoff bound Griffins.
Missing from the Manitoba line up were the team’s two top scorers; Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor, who both recalled by the Winnipeg Jets for their final three games of the season.
Manitoba got off to fast start and the hard work paid off late in the period as newly signed Danick Gauthier converted a Patrice Cormier pass on the power play for his first of the season and first goal as a member of the Manitoba Moose.
Grand Rapids shook off the jet legs and started to take the play to the Moose, but that’s when it became the Eric Comrie show in goal. The Moose netminder stood tall and kicked out a total of 15 shots in the second period.
Scott Kosmachuk potted his tenth to put the home side up 2-0 after forty.
Comrie continued to shine in the third as he robbed Griffins forward Matthew Ford numerous times. The visitors would make things interesting late in the final period. With their net empty as Matt Lorito scored his 21st to make it 2-1 with just over a minute left. But the Griffins would end any chance of a comeback, taking a penalty late in the period. Francis Beauvillier, on the power play, found the open cage for his third of the year to seal the 3-1 Moose win.
Comrie finished the game with 35 saves for his 17th win of the season.
The Moose won for the first time playing the Griffins this year and will look to even up the season series tonight. They will do so without Eric Comrie, who was called up to the parent club early Wednesday morning.