The Manitoba Moose and San Antonio Rampage went to battle twice from Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg this weekend. The teams each put up a total of eight goals, with the Moose earning a 6-4 victory Saturday, before losing 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Following a difficult five-game road trip in which the Moose went 2-3, Manitoba came out firing Saturday with a four-goal first period, before adding another two in the third period, outdueling the Rampage as Seth Griffith (three goals), Jimmy Oligny (two assists), Cole Maier (one goal, one assist) and Andrei Chibisov (three assists) led the way offensively for the home team.
Goaltender Mikhail Berdin was once again peppered with shots, but turned aside 44 of 48 pucks he faced, enough to hold on for his 14th win of the 2019-20 season. Sunday’s game didn’t go quite as a well for Berdin, who once again gave up four goals, but on only 37 shots, as the Moose fell 4-2.
After playing a back-and-forth opening 40 minutes, San Antonio put up two goals in the third period, including a power play strike with 17 seconds left to seal the deal for the visitors.
Seth Griffith continued his dominance, adding another two power play goals Sunday, but the Moose also gave up two shorthanded markers in the loss. Five goals in two games should give Griffith consideration for the AHL’s Star of the Week, however, other high-energy, offensive performances may take the cake.
The Moose now enter the Holiday Break before returning to practice on Friday, December 27 and 28. Manitoba will then continue its six-game homestand with a pair of games against the Rockford IceHogs on December 29 and 31, respectively.