It was a rough evening for two of Winnipeg’s biggest hockey teams Friday. Both the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose and Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE dropped their respective contests in tight games to begin their weekends of play.
Manitoba fell 3-2 to the Texas Stars on the road, while Winnipeg dropped its own road contest 3-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre in Saskatchewan.
The Moose fell behind 2-0 late in the first period on back-to-back even strength Texas strikes, before battling back with Seth Griffith’s 11th marker of the season on a nice power play setup from Jansen Harkins and Mason Appleton. Harkins’ assist gave the forward 31 points in 28 games – matching his point total from the complete 2018-19 season.
Manitoba saw the Stars extend their lead to 3-1 just 45 seconds into the third period, before Kristian Vesalainen made it close with the team’s second power play goal of the game with eight minutes to play. Unfortunately for Manitoba, Vesalainen’s sixth was the last of the night for either team, as Texas finished off the Moose 3-2.
Winnipeg also found itself giving up three goals against Friday, as the the Raiders picked up two goals in the first period on Ozzy Wiesblatt and Justin Nachbaur strikes, before ICE forward Owen Pederson got the visitors on the board with a power play goal late in the first period.
The two WHL clubs seemingly forgot how to score for the next two periods, before the hometown Raiders added an insurance marker by way of Spencer Moe’s 14th of the season on a late-game power play, essentially handing Prince Albert the 3-1 victory. Liam Hughes allowed three goals on 27 shots for Winnipeg, while rookie Carter Serhyenko put up 24 saves on 25 shots.
Winnipeg (18-12-1) next sees action on Sunday as the team travels to Regina for a 4:00 PM central showdown with the Pats, while Manitoba (13-15-0) travels to San Antonio on Saturday for a 7:00 PM battle with the Rampage.