On Friday evening, the Manitoba Moose returned to Canada Life Centre for the first time in 593 days. Skating in front of fans in the team’s home opener at the newly-named Canada Life Centre, Manitoba collected its second win of the year, which just so happened to be another shutout victory.
Moose Goaltender Mikhail Berdin earned his second shutout in three games, turning aside all 22 pucks he faced, while Winnipeg product Calvin Pickard stopped 37 of 38 Moose shots, taking the loss for Grand Rapids.
Cole Maier scored Manitoba’s lone goal in the second period, beating Pickard after walking the offensive zone blueline and letting long-range wrist shot rip into the net.
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After outshooting their opponents 12-6 in the opening frame, Manitoba once again doubled up on the Griffins in the middle stanza, heading into the third period with a 28-14 advantage, while leading 1-0 through 40 minutes.
Manitoba was unable to double Grand Rapids in the third period, thanks to back-to-back minor penalties assessed to Johnathan Kovacevic and David Gustafsson. Berdin remained up for the task and turned aside all shots he faced, finishing the game a perfect 22 for 22.
Cole Perfetti made his 2021-22 AHL season debut, putting up a team-high six shots on net. Tree Manitoba-born officials worked the game (Brett Roeland, Kelsey Mahoney and Justin Johnson). Announced attendance was 4,188.
The Moose and Griffins square off again on Sunday afternoon from Canada Life Centre, before hosting the Iowa Wild in another two-game series next weekend. Puck drop is set for 2:00 PM central on Sunday. The game can be heard live on CJOB 680.