WINNIPEG, MB – It has been a rough season for both pro hockey teams in Winnipeg this season as the Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose have struggled this season. Riding a nine-game losing streak, the Moose entered Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Marlies desperate to get a win and build some kind of positive momentum. The Moose were 0 for 7 in games against the Marlies and there was a 48-point gap between these two teams in the standings.
This game was a good, old fashioned pond hockey game that the fans loved as both teams were going back and forth with great chances. But in the end, it was the Moose who gave the sold out MTS Centre crowd of 8,812 fans something to be happy about as they won 6-5 in overtime and snapped the nine-game skid.
Nic Petan was the hero as he converted a gorgeous feed from Josh Morrissey for his 5th of the season past Marlies goalie Garret Sparks with 50 seconds left in the three-on-three overtime session. The goal marked only the third time all season that the Moose have put up five goals. Conversely, the Marlies have put up five or more eighteen times this year.
Eric Comrie was in the net for the Moose and he stopped 38 of 43 shots, while picking his 10th win of the season. His counterpart Garret Sparks made 38 saves for the Marlies off 44 Manitoba shots.
Manitoba got goals from Chase De Leo his 12th and 13th, Austen Brassard his 9th, John Albert his 6th, JC Lipon his 9th. Lipon was named the game’s first star as he collected a goal and four assists for a five-point night.
Both teams had 3 power play markers on a combined 12 chances in this high scoring affair.
De Leo looks like he is on the fast track to be the next young star to make the jump to the parent club, as he continues to get better each game. In 45 games this year, De Leo has 26 points (13G, 13A) and has registered points in six of the last eight games.
The Moose finally cracked the 30 point mark on the season and although this young team has struggled mightily they continue to get great crowd support from the city of Winnipeg.