The Manitoba Moose used a strong second period to beat the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena in Michigan Friday evening.
CJ Suess had two goals, while Griffen Outhouse collected his first career American Hockey League win, turning aside 26 of 28 pucks he faced, as Manitoba was outshot by Grand Rapids 28-24 on the road.
After twice to the Toronto Marlies before being doubled up by the Milwaukee Admirals, the Moose responded nicely on the road Friday, picking up the game’s first four goals, before allowing two from the hometown Griffins.
CJ Suess got things going for Manitoba, scoring five minutes into Friday’s contest, before the Moose pounded the opposition for three second period goals off the sticks of Johnathan Kovacevic, Andrei Chibisov and another by Suess. With just over a minute to play in the second period, Chris Terry gave the Griffins some light on a late-period power play marker.
Manitoba maintained control of the game through the majority of the third period, allowing another late strike from Grand Rapids from Dominic Turgeon with five minutes to play. Despite taking five minor penalties, the Moose held their own while down a man on many occasions throughout the game, only giving up the one power play goal in the second period.
For Outhouse, it was both his first career AHL start and his first career AHL win, as the 21-year-old had only faced six shots thus far in the 2019-20 season, coming in in relief for Mikhail Berdin back on November 6th.
The Moose will now travel to Chicago Saturday, before continuing on to Rockford for back-to-back-to-back road contests within the Central Division. Puck drop for Saturday’s game against the Wolves in Chicago is 7:00 PM central, while Tuesday’s game versus the IceHogs is also at 7:00 PM.