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Dominant goaltending and the newfound ability to score have the Moose climbing the standings

Manitoba Moose goaltender Mikhail Berdin makes a save against the Texas Stars during a game at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on November 11, 2019.
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Manitoba Moose 2019-20
6-8-0-0 12 points (.429), 7th in Central Division, 12th Western Conference
Goals for per game: 3.00 (13th)
Goals against per game: 3.14 (19th)
Powerplay: 9-of-49, 18.4% (12th)
Penalty kill: 48-of-59, 81.4% (29th)

Top 3 Goals:
7 - Seth Griffith
5 - Jansen Harkins
3 - Cameron Schilling, J.C. Lipon

Top 3 Assists:
11 - Harkins
7 - Sami Niku
6 - Andrei Chibisov, Griffith

Top 3 Points:
16 - Harkins
13 - Griffith
10 - Niku

Goalies
Mikhail Berdin - 6-6-0, .914 Sv %, 2.76 GAA, 2 shutouts
Adam Carlson - 0-2-0, .863 Sv %, 3.52 GAA, 0 shutouts
Griffen Outhouse - 0-0-0, .833 Sv %, 3.32 GAA, 0 shutouts

The month of November 2019 has been very kind for the Manitoba Moose thus far. A pair of wins against Grand Rapids were followed up by an unfortunate 6-4 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Admirals mid-week. But the Moose rattled off three straight victories, surrendering only one goal in the process while scoring 11.

After a shaky start in which he allowed five goals on 31 shots, Mikhail Berdin was dominant in three starts over the long-weekend. He had shutouts on back-to-back nights, then followed it up with 32 saves on 33 shots against the Texas Stars on Monday, giving him 99 saves out of a possible 100 in the three game stretch.

Berdin had an outstanding showing over the weekend, including an absolutely highlight reel diving effort to rob Dylan Sikura of the IceHogs on Friday:

To follow that up, he tried to score on Monday:

After a shaky start to the season for Berdin, maybe things have finally turned around.

Over the course of the four games, the Moose power play went 4-of-14 while the penalty kill was a perfect 17-of-17, leading to the team’s numbers climbing out of the AHL basement.

Speaking of numbers, Jansen Harkins is now sitting fifth overall in AHL scoring with 16 points in 14 games. He has 13 points in a six-game point streak.

Michael Spacek has four points in a three-game point streak, which was good enough to get him called up this morning. Spacek is sitting on seven points in 14 games.

Andrei Chibisov has six points in a five game point streak, as his line with Harkins and Seth Griffith continues to click.

Sami Niku has eight points on a six-game point streak, and 10 points in nine games overall.

The Moose swapped backup goalies, calling up Griffen Outhouse from the ECHL and sending Adam Carlson down. Outhouse was with the Jets during training camp.

The Moose play again against the Texas Stars tonight, before two more home games against the San Antonio Rampage this weekend.

Moose Lines on November 11, 2019

FORWARDS

Andrei Chibisov / Jansen Harkins / Seth Griffith

Kristian Vesalainen / C.J. Suess / Skyler McKenzie

Emile Poirier / Michael Spacek / J.C. Lipon

Brent Pedersen / Cole Maier / Derek Hulak

DEFENCE

Sami Niku / Johnathan Kovacevic

Cameron Schilling / Luke Green

Jimmy Oligny / Nelson Nogier

GOALIES

Mikhail Berdin

Griffen Outhouse

Last Four Game Scores (Outscored Opponents 15-7)

Wednesday, November 6
4 Manitoba Moose @
6 Milwaukee Admirals
Moose Goals: Vesalainen (1), Maier (1), Suess (2), Niku (3)
Goalies: Berdin 26/31, Outhouse 5/6

Friday, November 8
4 Manitoba Moose @
0 Rockford IceHogs
Moose Goals: Spacek (2), Green (1), Suess (3), Griffith (7)
Goalie: Berdin 41/41

Saturday, November 9
3 Manitoba Moose @
0 Chicago Wolves
Moose Goals: Poirier (1), Chibisov (2), Lipon (4)
Goalie: Berdin 26/26

Monday, November 11
4 Manitoba Moose vs
1 Texas Stars
Moose Goals: Spacek (3), Pedersen (1), Harkins 2 (5)
Goalie: Berdin 32/33