ROCKFORD, IL – The Manitoba Moose might be buried at the bottom of the standings but you wouldn’t know it the way they have been playing lately as they have been in the spoiler role and that continued again Friday night, as they won 3-2 over the Rockford IceHogs.
The Moose are now 18 points out of the last playoff spot and are starting to get some confidence and score some timely goals.
Eric Comrie was back in net for the Moose and he was on top of his game, stopping 37 of 39 shots including 20 saves in the third period when the IceHogs took it to the young Moose. Comrie was the game’s first star.
The Moose special teams was once again put to the test as this was a very scrappy, chippy affair. The Moose penalty kill was great again as they were short seven times and only allowed one power play goal against. They scored there own power play goal again going 1-6 with the man advantage.
This game also featured a heavy weight match up between two of the tougher guys in the AHL as Manitoba’s Darren Kramer and Rockford’s Mike Liambas dropped the gloves and went toe-to-toe in a good scrap.
Manitoba got goals from Scott Kosmachuk who scored his 11th on the power play after a nice feed from Chase De Leo, Thomas Raffl got his 3rd and JC Lipon scored a short handed empty net goal his 11th of the season.
Rockford pressed and made things interesting as they were down 3-1 then scored with 22 seconds left to make it a one goal game but the Moose hung on for a big road win.
Earlier in the day the Moose assigned young forward Jiri Fronk to Tulsa of the ECHL, he has played just 21 games this season and has 6 goals and 1 assist.
The Moose will continue on this five game road trip as they will face the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night and hope to continue on this season high three game win streak they are riding.
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