Members of the Manitoba Moose personally took it upon themselves to avenge a previous loss to the Toronto Marlies this weekend. After dropping a difficult 5-1 decision to the very same club the day prior, the Moose put together a well-rounded offensive attack en route to a shutout victory on Sunday evening.
Leading the way for Manitoba was netminder Mikhail Berdin, who offered quite a bounce-back performance after being burned for four goals on 25 shots in the team’s season-opener. He was only faced with 18 pucks, but turned each shot aside, collecting his first win by way of a shutout.
Moose head coach Mark Morrison collected his first in the American Hockey League, while Greg Meireles and Johnathan Kovacevic each picked up a goal and an assist for Manitoba on the night. The Moose stayed disciplined, taking just two minors on the evening, while Toronto was penalized five times. Manitoba scored on one of its power play opportunities.
The Moose scored the opening goal just five minutes into the game on a rebound by Meireles off a Bobby Lynch shot attempt. Mikey Eyssimont got his second of the season exactly 11 minutes after Meireles’ strike.
Outshooting the home team in each of the three periods, Manitoba added another two goals in the middle stanza. First, it was Kovacevic who earned his first of the season on a beauty of a shot that beat Erik Kallgren, before he assisted on an Austin Poganski tally midway through the frame.
Kristian Reichel scored the lone marker of the third period, potting Manitoba’s only power play goal of the night, just 2:23 into the final period of play. The Moose outshot the Marlies 35-18 in the game, while finishing atop the scoreboard, 5-0.
Now sitting at 1-1-0 through its first two games, Manitoba will conclude its season-opening three-game road trip in Laval with a test against the Rocket on Wednesday evening. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 PM central. The team then returns home to Canada Life Centre for its home-opener on Friday evening. The Moose will close out October with four-straight games at home.