WINNIPEG, MB – With a big winter storm hitting the city of Winnipeg outside, it was a hot one inside the MTS Centre as the Manitoba Moose plowed the San Antonio Rampage by a 5-1 score.
The Moose used a big third period as they blew a 2-1 game wide open scoring three unanswered to secure a big win over the seventh place Rampage.
The Moose have had a dismal season so far as they have struggled to find consistent scoring and have had numerous key players out with injuries. Wednesday night’s effort looked like something they could build on as they dominated the play for most of the game. The baby Jets have now have points in three straight games and will look for the sweep tonight as these two teams face off again for another battle.
Eric Comrie was in the pipes tonight for the Moose and he was his usual solid self stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced. He continues to carry the load while Connor Hellebuyck is up with the Jets. Jussi Olkinuora may get his first start with the back-to-back games.
Winnipeg native Calvin Pickard was in goal for the Rampage and stopped 31 shots in front of a lot of family and friends watching him get peppered by the Moose.
The Moose got goals from Nic Petan,who got his second of the year a power play goal. Matt Halischuk was johnny-on-the-spot banging in a rebound for his third of the campaign. Patrice Cormier also recorded his third goal of the year, this one came on the power-play. Scott Kosmachuk ripped home his fourth goal and Matt Fraser rounded out the scoring with his second of the season.
The Moose were 2-for-2 on the power play for the night while San Antonio was 0 for 5 which proved to be the difference in this game. The Moose got multi point nights from Petan, Fraser, Cormier, and Brenden Kichton so things are looking good in the last few games with some much needed scoring depth.
There was a newcomer in the line up tonight as the Winnipeg Jets sent Adam Lowry down to the Moose Wednesday morning. Lowry has struggled this season, only one goal and seven assists for eight points so far for the NHL Jets, after putting up 17 goals last year as a rookie.
It looks like the Jets want him to find some confidence in his game and hope this will spark something. He was a force all night as he didn’t waste any time pouting about the demotion. He had four shots on goal and added an assist and was throwing his big body around every shift. Lowry will be an asset to the Moose for however long he is with them.
Two notable scratches were Thomas Raffl, who is out with a broken jaw but should be back next week with a full face shield, and J.C. Lipon, who is out with a lower body injury.