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The Manitoba Moose have points in eight straight

Manitoba Moose goaltender Eric Comrie makes a save while playing against the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB.
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Manitoba Moose 2018-19
19-18-3-1 42 points (.512), 6th in Central Division, 11th Western Conference
Goals for per game: 2.56 (30th)
Goals against per game: 3.00 (14th)
Powerplay: 24-of-156, 15.4% (27th)
Penalty kill: 141-of-174, 81.0% (14th)

Top 3 Goals:
17 - Logan Shaw
8 - C.J. Suess
8 - Mason Appleton
8 - Jansen Harkins

Top 3 Assists:
21 - Michael Spacek
21 - Seth Griffith
11 - Shaw

Top 3 Points:
28 - Shaw
27 - Griffith
26 - Spacek

While their last outing ended in an overtime loss, the Manitoba Moose still find themselves riding an eight game point streak, including picking up 11 of a possible 12 points on their recent six game home stand. The team is now on a six game road trip which will be interrupted by the all-star break.

A big chunk of the success is due to the stellar play of Eric Comrie, who was recently named AHL Player of the Week. Comrie leads all goalies in minutes played, his .923 save percentage is 3rd amongst “qualified players” and 1st among goalies who have played more than 20 games. He’s playing the best hockey of his career right now.

Another guy who has found his game is Seth Griffith. Griffith has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in a seven game point streak, and is showing the offensive prowess that got him signed by the Winnipeg Jets back on July 1, 2018. Griffith is generally around the point per game mark in his AHL career, and now sits at 27 points in 34 games this year for the Moose thanks to this recent surge. His linemate, Logan Shaw, has also been playing well, and will be the Moose’s (Meese’s?) lone representative at the all-star festivities.

Logan Stanley also has three goals in his last six games, and now has 10 points in 38 games, as his rookie season progresses.

Manitoba hosted Milwaukee last night, with yet again no Moose player scoring more than one goal. Comrie rebounded after a bit of a shaky outing on Saturday to save 34 of 36, as the Moose prevailed in shootout after a lovely effort by Seth Griffith iced it.

Since the last Farm Report, the Moose have played four games, starting with a home game against the Milwaukee Admirals. The Moose won by a 4-2 score, with this goal by Michael Spacek after some dandy passing being my top highlight.

But Kristian Reichel’s homage to Jaromir Jagr was a close second:

Manitoba Moose forward Kristian Reichel salutes following his first period goal against the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB.

The next game, this time hosting the San Antonio Rampage, Logan Shaw scored the fastest goal in franchise history by scoring just 10 seconds into the game, and the Moose went on to win 4-1.

They followed that up with another win over the Rampage the next day, this time by a 4-2 margin.

The win streak ended at four, with an overtime loss on the road to the Grand Rapids Griffins, by a 2-1 score. The Moose play their next five games on the road, with the next one going down tonight in Rockford against the IceHogs. The Moose then visit Milwaukee before getting a few days off as the all-star break descends upon the AHL schedule.

Moose Lines on January 23, 2019

FORWARDS

Marko Dano/ Michael Spacek/ J.C. Lipon

Brent Pedersen / Logan Shaw/ Seth Griffith

Skyler McKenzie/ Felix Girard/ Alexis D’Aoust

Hunter Fejes/ Chris Collins/ Kristian Reichel

DEFENCE

Logan Stanley/ Tucker Poolman

Cameron Schilling/ Sami Niku

Peter Stoykewych/ Nelson Nogier

GOALIES

Eric Comrie

Ken Appleby

Last Four Game Scores (Outscored Opposition 13-9)

Wednesday, January 16
4 Manitoba Moose vs
2 Milwaukee Admirals

Moose Goals: Reichel (2), Stanley (4), Shaw (15), Spacek (5)
Goalie: Comrie 31/33

Saturday, January 19
4 Manitoba Moose vs
1 San Antonio Rampage

Moose Goals: Shaw (16), Fejes (1), Pedersen (4), Lipon (7)
Goalie: Comrie 37/38

Sunday, January 20
4 Manitoba Moose vs
2 San Antonio Rampage

Moose Goals: Collins (1), Stanley (5), Schilling (2), Poolman (2)
Goalie: Comrie 29/31

Wednesday, January 23
1 Manitoba Moose vs
2 Grand Rapids Griffins (OT)

Moose Goals: Shaw (17)
Goalie: Comrie 34/36