ROCKFORD, IL – As the weather gets colder and winter begins to set in, the Manitoba Moose continue to stay hot. Wednesday night, they got some stellar goaltending and won 5-4 in a shootout over the Rockford IceHogs to sweep their mini road swing with a 3 and 0 record. They will come back to southern Manitoba to begin a four-game home stand.
Eric Comrie got another start in the Moose net and continues to be a wall in the pipes, stopping 32 shots during the game and another seven saves in the shootout to get the win.
Rockford was all over the visiting Moose in the opening period, outshooting the Moose 18-3 and jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Martin Lundberg got a pair of goals, his fourth and fifth markers of the season.
Coach Pascal Vincent must have had some choice words for his troops as they were a different team in the second and took control of the game scoring three goals to jump out front 3-2 after forty minutes.
Kevin Czuczman scored his fourth on the powerplay, Ryan Olsen added his second and Peter Stoykewych also collected his second of the year during the frenzied second period that put Manitoba out front.
Lars Johansson started in goal for the IceHogs but was relieved of his duties after giving up three goals on eight shots. Mac Carruth came in and finished off the game, making 15 saves.
Tanner Kero and Brandon Mashinter scored in the third for the IceHogs and Manitoba’s rookie sensation Jack Roslovic sniped his 6th of the year to send this game to overtime.
Overtime would solve nothing and the squads headed to a shootout. There, Brendan Lemieux would be the only scorer out of 14 shooters to give Manitoba the win.
Manitoba forward Dan DeSalvo added an assist and now has 11 points in nine games since being recalled from the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL. DeSalvo has been a great addition and looks like he won’t be heading back to Tulsa anytime soon.
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