WINNIPEG, MB — The Manitoba Moose closed out a four-game home stand against the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday afternoon.
The Moose looked to rebound after a tough loss on Friday night in which costly mistakes cost them the game. Moose fans were hoping for a better result and got it with a 3-1 win before a crowd of 7059 at the MTS Centre.
There was some bad blood, which should come as no surprise when you are playing for the second time in 3 days. The fans were treated to a couple of good old hockey scraps as Julian Melchiori of the Moose and Kale Kessy of the Condors dropped the mitts after a big hit by Melchiori. Late in the game there was another pretty good tilt as Braden Christoffer of Bakersfield and Andrew MacWilliam of the Moose discussed their difference of opinions before dropping the mitts.
The Moose opened the scoring on a beautiful 2-on-1 rush where Joel Armia sauced a sweet pass to JC Lipon who deposited his 1st of the season. Late in the period, Anton Slepyshev tied things up on the power play with a bomb to the top corner for his 1st of the season.
Once again a late goal in the period looked to doom the Moose, but they didn’t fold up shop this time. Austen Brassard converted a Scott Kosmachuk feed late in the 2nd period to give the Moose a 2-1 lead heading into the third it was Brassard’s 3rd on the year. Kosmachuk gave the Moose some insurance as he ripped home his 3rd of the season early in the final frame and the Moose hung on for a big home ice win.
Eric Comrie got the nod this afternoon for Manitoba and he stopped 32 of 33 shots to get the win, he was also named the games second star.
Earlier in the day the Winnipeg Jets called up Moose star goalie Connor Hellebuyck as Ondrej Pavelec is possibly out with a lower body injury. The Moose recalled goalie Jussi Olkinuora from Tulsa of the ECHL.
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