The Manitoba Moose had a forgettable trip through Colorado this past week, losing both contests to the Eagles by a combined score of 15-7, including a 10-4 defeat Wednesday evening at the Budweiser Events Center.
After outshooting Colorado 36-29 in a losing effort on Tuesday, the Moose came out of the gates flat on Wednesday, giving up 10 goals against, closing out their road trip with a 1-4-0 record in five games. Manitoba returns home to Bell MTS Place for six-straight beginning on Saturday.
To be fair, Manitoba was without the American Hockey League’s third-leading scorer Jansen Harkins, as well as Mason Appleton, who had been recalled to the Jets as injury concerns arose. The Moose gave up four power play goals against Wednesday, Kevin Connauton, Shane Bowers and Jacob MacDonald each recorded multiple points on the man advantage Wednesday evening.
Manitoba only found itself trailing 3-2 after 20 minutes, as Leon Gawanke and JC Lipon each found the net in the opening period for the Moose. The second frame was slightly more disastrous, as Manitoba allowed another four Colorado strikes, before giving up three more goals in the third period.
Griffen Outhouse had a rough showing in net more the Moose, stopping just nine of the Eagles’ 13 shots, before getting yanked from the crease for Mikhail Berdin. Should Winnipeg’s recent Waiver pickup and familiar face Eric Comrie make his way down to Manitoba, the netminding will certainly see a significant upgrade.
The Moose return to action Saturday evening at Bell MTS Place as Manitoba kicks off a six-game homestand, featuring back-to-back visits from San Antonio, Rockford and Colorado over the next two weeks.