WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Moose must have been watching the big boys play last night as they followed the Jets with a slow start then had a huge final frame to battle back for a gutsy 5-4 home ice win over the Bakersfield Condors.
It was a scrappy affair as most two-game series are in the American Hockey League. The Moose, looking to make an impression early in the season, got there second win of the year and first on home ice. Manitoba was down 4-2 heading into the third period but showed some grit and determination to battle back and get the win.
Manitoba was led once again by rookie Jack Roslovic who scored his second goal of the season and chipped in a helper as well. Roslovic now has four points on the season and continues to impress and show why he was a first-round pick in 2015 by the Winnipeg Jets.
Nic Petan, Scott Kosmachuk, Jan Kostalek, and Brendan Lemieux also tallied goals for the Moose.
Kosmachuk scored a beauty on the power play and was also a physical force on the ice as he dropped the mitts with Condors defenseman Griffin Reinhart to get the home crowd fired up.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 32 shots to get his second win of the season as he continues to showcase himself for other NHL teams. Pavelec will become a free agent after this season.
Special teams were a factor in the win for the Moose as they were two for five on the power play while the Condors finished one for four with the man advantage.
Manitoba will head to Toronto for a couple games while the Winnipeg Jets prepare to host the Heritage Classic this weekend in Winnipeg.
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