After a dominant weekend performance in a back-to-back at home against the San Antonio Rampage, the Moose hit the road for three straight contests in the United States’ Midwest region, going 1-1 on the weekend. Beginning in Milwaukee on Saturday evening, the Moose fell 4-1 to the home team, before bouncing back for a close 2-1 victory over the Rockford Icehogs Sunday afternoon.
The Admirals jumped ahead 2-0 in the first period Saturday, before adding another goal in the second frame. Manitoba responded in the form of a Skyler McKenzie marker early in the third period, but the Admirals sealed the deal a few minutes later with their fourth goal of the game.
Ken Appleby faced 41 shots, stopping just 37, while Tom McCollum steered aside 23 of 24 pucks for Milwaukee in Saturday’s victory. Both teams struggled on the power play, going a combined 0-for-9 on the night.
Sunday’s test against the Icehogs lasted a full 65 minutes and then some, as the 1-1 low-scoring matchup needed a shootout to determine a winner. After the teams exchanged goals in the second period, all the scoring seemingly dried up, even through the five minute overtime period.
Manitoba’s second shooter Seth Griffith won the game for the Moose, while Tye McGinn scored the only goal that counted on the score sheet. Centreman Felix Girard collected his second assist in as many games for the Moose, while Mikhail Berdin – fresh off an East Coast Hockey League call-up – picked up his first American Hockey League victory, an extended one at that.
The Moose have since returned to Milwaukee to do battle with the Admirals for the second time in three days, this time hoping for a better result against the league’s first place team. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. central. The game is available to view on AHL TV.