After a four-game homestand that saw Manitoba go .500, the Moose headed out on the road for four, beginning last week Tuesday. They dropped the first contest 5-0 in a blowout loss to San Antonio, before getting a 5-4 win over Texas on Wednesday. Unfortunately for the Moose, that was where the good news ran out.
Although putting together a strong effort Friday night in Grand Rapids, Manitoba ended up dropped the first game of the weekend back-to-back 3-2 in overtime. After JC Lipon got things going for the Moose in the first period, the Griffins scored two goals, which nearly stood the test of time. However, Tye McGinn knotted it back up with Eric Comrie on the bench for the extra attacker. Grand Rapids won it just 35 seconds into the extra frame.
Manitoba then travelled to Chicago, where they got absolutely walloped on the shot tracker. The 4-2 loss may not sound all that bad, but it was not a close game by any measure. Lipon picked up his fourth and fifth markers of the campaign in the second and third periods, but it was all Chicago, all game.
The Wolves jumped out ahead in the first period, and found themselves up 3-0 midway through the second. Lipon’s two goals made it closer, but Chicago added an empty netter to seal the deal. Ken Appleby gave up three goals on 42 Chicago shots, while the Moose only put up 19 shots on net.
The losses dropped Manitoba’s record to 8-8-1 on the year. The Moose also lost forward Kristian Vesalainen to the big club as the Winnipeg Jets called the Finnish product up Friday. Manitoba will look to get back in the win column this weekend at home, as the Iowa Wild invade Bell MTS Place for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon contests. Puck drop from Winnipeg on Friday is 7:00 P.M., while Saturday’s game goes at 2:00 P.M.