SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Manitoba Moose were looking to follow what their big brother the Winnipeg Jets did and end the season on a winning streak. The Moose were also looking to win the season series with the San Antonio Rampage.
In the end, the Moose were able to continue both tasks, as they continued their winning streak by scoring five unanswered goals to sweep the season series with a 5-2 win over the Rampage Friday night. Manitoba owned the season series with the Rampage on the scoreboard, winning the four games by a combined score of 16-5.
The Rampage had been one of the hottest teams in the AHL as of late, winning four straight and nine of there last ten games prior to their game Friday.
The Moose were trailing 2-0 with under five minutes to go in the second period when they got a power play marker off the stick of Scott Kosmachuk his 19th of the season after some nice work from captain John Albert and rookie Chase De Leo. The goal seemed to open the floodgates. as the Moose scored twice in the last three minutes to jump into a 3-2 lead heading into the third.
Moose goal scorers were Jansen Harkins who scored his 1st AHL goal and Jimmy Lodge notched his 1st AHL goal on the power play before scoring two more to get the natural hat trick his first three career goals.
Albert, Kosmachuk and Axel Blomqvist all had multi point nights along with Lodge to lead the way for a young Manitoba squad that seems to be hitting it’s stride to gear up for next season.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 18 shots in the Manitoba net to get the win. He has won seven of his last nine starts.
Rampage goal scorers were Ben Street who got his 7th and Sam Henley who got his 8th.
Manitoba will wrap up the season in Texas against the Stars on Saturday night.
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