Following a successful seven-game road trip, the Manitoba Moose returned home for a two-game weekend set against the visiting Central Division Chicago Wolves. After collecting a 3-1 win Friday evening, the Moose fell 4-2 Saturday night on the annual Teddy Bear Toss game from Bell MTS Place.
Manitoba opened the scoring Saturday, only to see Chicago pot the next four goals of the game. Kristian Reichel – playing in his first game since returning from an injury suffered on October 12 – found his first of the season on a strong wrist shot that found its way past Oscar Dansk midway through the first period.
The Wolves responded back with four goals over a span of 40 minutes and three separate periods. Jamaica-born and Arborg, MB. adopted Jermaine Loewen collected his first career AHL goal late in the first period, before Dylan Coghlan, Reid Duke and Lucas Elvenes added some road insurance. JC Lipon gave the Moose some life late in the game’s final moments with his fifth of the season, but it was ultimately too little, too late for Manitoba, who fell 4-2 to their Central Division rival.
Dansk – who made 25 stops on 27 Moose shots – outduelled Manitoba’s Griffen Outhouse who made his first career AHL home start Saturday. He turned aside 32 of 36 Wolves shots in the loss.
Things don’t get much easier for the Moose, as the team heads back out on the road for a five-game heater beginning in Texas on Wednesday for the first of two games, before shifting to San Antonio and then Colorado for another two contests the following week. 12 of Manitoba’s 14 games from November 20 to December 18 will be played on the road. All Moose games are available to watch on AHL TV.