WINNIPEG MB – Things are starting to come together nicely for the Manitoba Moose, who used a strong third period to battle back and sweep the two-game series against the San Antonio Rampage.
The final score of 3-2 and was played in front of 5742 fans at MTS Centre who braved the frigid weather to come see their baby Jets.
Manitoba has now gotten points in four straight games, including three wins.
Eric Comrie was once again in between the pipes for the Moose and was sharp, stopping 30 of 32 shots. He showed no signs of being tired playing on back-to-back nights.
San Antonio jumped out to an early lead late in the first period on the power play as Mikko Rantanen potted his 10th of the season on a two man advantage. Nikita Zadorov got his 5th another power play marker that gave the Rampage a 2-0 lead.
With a late power play in the second, the Moose got on the board as Patrice Cormier got his 4th as he converted some nice work from Adam Lowry and Brenden Kichton and cut the lead to 2-1 heading to the third.
Zadorov was called for hooking penalty six minutes in, which opened the door for the Moose as they got back to work on the power play and captain John Albert ripped one home to tie things at 2-2. Not even a minute after scoring the game-tying goal, Ryan Olsen scored to put the home team ahead to stay.
With two teams playing on back-to-back nights, you would expect things to get a bit testy and this was a very chippy and physical game as there were a lot of holiday pleasantries exchanged including four fights. The Moose were 2 for 5 with the man advantage while the Rampage were 2 for 6.
The main event came early in the first period as Moose tough guy Darren Kramer and the Rampage’s Mason Geertsen dropped the mitts and went toe-to-toe. Later in the first the fans were treated to another dandy as Moose defenseman Jay Harrison dropped the mitts with Daniel Maggio and landed some big rights. The physical play continued in the second as Austen Brassard of the Moose and Hubert Labrie each got five minutes to cool down after a yet another dust up. at the end of the period Cormier took exception to something Sam Henley said and they dropped the gloves. Fans were treated to some real rock’em sock’em hockey tonight .
The Moose will head out on the road for a two-game swing through Milwaukee and Chicago before heading home for a Christmas break.
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