CLEVELAND, OH – The Manitoba Moose got a total team effort Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena as they dominated in a 4-0 shutout win. This was the second straight shutout against the Lake Erie Monsters, as the last time these two met the Moose won 4-0 as well.
Connor Hellebuyck was in the pipes for Manitoba and was on fire as he stopped 36 shots to earn his 3rd shutout of the season, he was also named the game’s first star.
With some recent injuries up in Winnipeg, the Moose have seen some key players get the call up with the big boys and have had some younger guys get roles increased lately. One of those players is Dan DeSalvo, who scored his second goal of the season and currently has four points in four games with the Moose. Another youngster who has stepped up is Jimmy Lodge, who picked up a couple of helpers for his first two career AHL points.
The Moose got scoring from Brenden Kichton who potted his 7th, Darren Kramer got his fourth and Julian Melchiori scored his third of the season into an empty net to salt the game away.
Melchiori was back with the Moose after playing up with the Jets earlier in the week and he looked smooth and strong as he logged a lot of minutes to help the Moose get a big win.
With the struggles and injuries up in Winnipeg a few more guys will be hoping for there call so they can audition for spots up in the show.
These two teams will meet again tonight for their final meeting of the season.
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