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Manitoba Moose Lose On Road, Down 3-0

By Carter Brooks

Photos by the Rockford IceHogs

The Manitoba Moose have certainly not made it easy on themselves. Falling 4-1 on the road to the Rockford IceHogs Wednesday night put the Moose down in a 3-0 hole in the American Hockey League’s best-of-seven Central Division Finals. 

Manitoba Moose Lose On Road, Down 3-0



For Manitoba, it was yet another blown lead, while Rockford battled back for their sixth-straight playoff win, and fifth-straight after allowing the game’s opening goal. The Moose have scored first in all three games of the series thus far.

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Manitoba started off on the right foot yet again, as Julian Melchiori blasted a hard shot into the Rockford net from the slot very early into the second period. 

But it took Tyler Sikura and Victor Ejdsell just 67 seconds to flip the Moose’s lead upside down, bringing those gathered at BMO Harris Bank Center to their feet. 

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William Pelletier and the IceHogs added an insurance marker midway through the final frame, before Matthew Highmore put the icing on the cake with another empty-net strike. 

Manitoba goaltender Eric Comrie played yet another decent game in stopping 37 shots, but his offence could not find the net once again, only managing to beat Collin Delia one time in the early stages of the second period. 

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Delia improved his playoff record to 6-0, while bringing his totals to 16-1-2 over his last 19 starts. 

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Moose rookie all-star defenceman Sami Niku registered four shots on net in his return to the lineup following a hefty check earlier in the series. Mason Appleton remained out of Manitoba’s lineup for the sixth-straight game after taking a violent shot the head in the second game of the first round. 

Game four of the Central Division Finals is set for Friday evening. Puckdrop from BMO Harris Bank Center can be found on TSN 1290 at 7:00 P.M. central. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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