Feb.17 2016 ROCKFORD IL – The Manitoba Moose were battling a long road losing skid in which they hadn’t won since December 1 in Milwaukee going 0-10-2-1 on the road. Wednesday, they were battling one of the top teams in the Western Conference, the Rockford IceHogs in a morning game. Not only were they up against one of the top teams but had to change up there game day routine by starting before noon. They battled the changes and looked great as they won 5-2 and snapped the 13 game road losing streak.
The pregame meal time may have to be changed to between 6am and 8am now after the Moose played one of there best games of the season.
Connor Hellebuyck won his second straight start stopping 30 shots. He was returned to the AHL club from the NHL Jets and has looked extra sharp in the pipes.
Rockford jumped out to an early lead as they scored a shorthanded goal early in the first as Tanner Kero got his 12th of the season to give the IceHogs a quick 1-0 lead .
JC Lipon got the momentum going for the Moose as he scored his 10th of the season to tie things up at 1-1.
Patrice Cormier scored a hat trick for Manitoba as he got his seventh , eighth, and ninth goals of the season, his second career AHL hatty. John Albert scored his ninth for the Moose.
Michael Leighton was in goal for Rockford and the veteran netminder, who has been solid all season, made 22 saves off 27 Moose shots and took a rare loss.
Matt Halischuk, Albert, Lipon, Cormier all had multi-point games for the Moose who have seemed to have found some scoring touch as of late.
Special teams played a factor in the win for Manitoba as they scored a power play marker and had a perfect penalty kill going seven for seven on the night.
These two teams will face off again Friday night.
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