Manitoba welcomed goaltender Eric Comrie back to the lineup Friday evening for his first start of the season as a member of the Moose since last stepping into Manitoba’s crease early last spring.
The Moose hosted the Colorado Eagles Friday night in the first game of a back-to-back with their intra-conference rivals. Unfortunately for Comrie and the fans gathered at Bell MTS Place, the home team was unable to find any offence worthy of a high-percentage scoring chance against visiting netminder Adam Werner.
Bell MTS Place just may be Werner’s new favourite hockey rink. Werner, who had earlier come in to the Colorado Avalanche crease less than a minute into a November game in Winnipeg against the Jets and shut out the home team, did it again Friday, helping the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Moose.
The game was a very even matchup, with both teams exchanging chances on the power play and at even strength, but goaltending proved to be the difference, as Werner outduelled Comrie, stopping all 30 shots he faced, compared to Comrie’s 22 saves on 23 Colorado shots.
Following 36 minutes of scoreless hockey to open the game, the Eagles found the only goal of the contest as Shane Bowers collected his eighth point in his past eight games, setting up Colin Campbell for his sixth goal of the season with just 3:32 to play in the second period.
Despite a Kristian Reichel breakaway and a Leon Gawanke heartstopper from the doorstep, Manitoba was unable to beat Werner and the Eagles, who saw their record improve to 18-10-3 on the season, as the Moose dropped to 17-19-0. Manitoba will look to turn things around Saturday, as the two teams pick things back up from Bell MTS Place in the annual Star Wars Night game at 6:00 PM. Tickets are still available, while the game can also be viewed live on AHLTV.