WINNIPEG, MB – With yet another storm blowing snow around Winnipeg and more temperatures dipping to minus 35 outside it seemed like the cold air was affecting the play of the Moose inside the cozy confines of the MTS Centre as the home squad was a bit slow out of the gate and needed some superb goaltending after being shell shocked in the opening twenty minutes.
The Toronto Marlies were Tuesday night’s opponent and they were flying early on as they outshot the home squad 13-4 and were stymied by a hot goalie.
Ondrej Pavelec was on his game Tuesday night, kicking out everything fired his way. Manitoba was inspired by his effort and pounced on one of their rare scoring chances as Chase de Leo converted a sweet dish from Scott Glennie to notch his seventh of the season.
Toronto tied things up as Colin Smith found a crack in the armor to get his fifth of the season. Jimmy Lodge fired a rocket for his seventh on a beauty one-timer on the power play to give the Moose a 2-1 lead.
Pavelec finished the game with 34 saves including numerous highlight reel stops on Winnipeg native Brendan Leipsic who had at least five great scoring chances alone himself.
This was a very chippy contest as the Marlies had numerous man advantages and finished the game 0 for 8 on the power play with Manitoba going 1 for 4.
Garret Sparks was in the pipes for the Marlies and only faced 16 shots, taking the loss.
The power play marker proved to be the difference and the insane goaltending performance they got from Pavelec to get the 2-1 win.
Last night, the Marlies used a much more balanced offensive attack, defeating the Moose 4-3. Chase de Leo scored in his second straight game and now has eight goals on the season. Eric Comrie took the loss, stopping 31 of 35 shots. Last night’s game was not as chippy as Tuesday night’s contest, with only nine power plays handed out.
The Moose are now 3-1-1 in their last five games.
Manitoba is back home Saturday night, when they host the Iowa Wild.