Yes, this is the same Moose team that began the 2019-20 season 1-7-0. Beginning the month of November two back-to-back home wins was the greatest things to happen to Manitoba. That momentum carried onward with the team on the road, as the Moose picked up two shutouts in three games away from Bell MTS Place.
After falling 6-4 to Milwaukee on November 6 – a game in which netminder Mikhail Berdin was yanked after 40 minutes of play – Berdin and the Moose bounced back with back-to-back 4-0 and 3-0 victories. Coming back home for a four-game homestand Manitoba kept its hot play alive, earning wins in each of its first three games at Bell MTS Place, with the opponents combing to score just three total goals in those three contests.
Following 4-1 and 2-1 victories over the Texas Stars, the Moose began a two-game set against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday from Winnipeg, besting the Texans 2-1 in overtime, while extending their winning streak to five-straight games. Despite being outshot 46-26 Friday, the Moose held on for well-rounded victory, once again relying on outstanding goaltending from Berdin.
After Andrei Chibisov opened the scoring for the Moose late in the second period, San Antonio’s Nathan Walker responded less than two minutes later, providing the final goal of regulation, with the entire third period left to play. A scoreless first and third period led to overtime, in which Manitoba put the finishing touches on their American opponents as Kristian Vesalainen drew a penalty with a sweet move toward the net in the extra frame.
Following some crafty passing from Chibisov and Sami Niku, Seth Griffith sent the home crowd into jubilation with just over 1:30 left to play in the overtime period with a power play game winner. Jansen Harkins and Niku extended their individual point scoring streaks to eight games, while Berdin turned aside 45 of 46 shots, and 180 of 183 in his past five games – all wins for Manitoba.
The Moose will look to finish off their four-game homestand Sunday afternoon, as they play a rematch with the same Rampage from Bell MTS Place at 2:00 PM central. The game is available to watch on AHLTV.