Manitoba Moose @ Toronto Marlies Recap - Oct 16th
The Manitoba Moose started off their season with a match against the Toronto Marlies on Saturday afternoon.
Rookie d-man Simon Lundmark made his debut with the Moose in this one, while top-end Jet prospects Gustafsson & Heinola were amongst the starters, along with Russian goalie Mikhail Berdin.
The Marlies lineup features noteable players such as Josh Ho-Sang (former Islander 1st round pick), Carl Dahlstrom (former Jet), as well as some talented youngsters (Robertson/Semyonov/Abramov).
Moose Projected Line Up
- Moose (Johnson) get an early holding penalty, Berdin made 2 big saves on the PK.
- Poganski turnover resulted in breakaway for Marlies, Berdin able to get a glove on the puck to keep the game scoreless.
- Malott/Gustafsson/Reichel line had Manitoba's first good shift that spent time in the offensive zone, 8 minutes into the game. Reichel & Malott got the Moose's first 2 shots on this shift.
- After a good shift by the Toninato/Johnson/Eyssimont line, the Moose ended up taking another penalty (Polei - interference) sending the Marlies back to the PP.
- Eyssimont had a great start to the kill, running over 2 Marlies before using his speed to kill some time. Berdin forced to make 1 nice save and help the Moose kill off the penalty.
- Lundmark jumped into the play from the bluelinje, but his backhand just sailed wide. Despite a strong shift, the Moose were unable to beat the Marlies' Kallgren.
- The Marlies got a break when a weak wrist shot from the point hit Toronto's Kirill Semyonov in the slot. The puck stayed with him and he spun & shot the puck at the net, which deflected off Brett Seney before slipping by Berdin to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
- Berdin called upon to make a solid glove save off Nick Robertson to end the 1st period. Marlies outshot the Moose 15 to 6 in the 1st and carry a 1-0 lead into the 2nd.
- During a scrum after the 1st period ended, Toronto's Robertson picked up a slashing call, which will send Manitoba to the PP to start the 2nd period.
- Manitoba struggled quite a bit to gain the Toronto zone during their PP, but finally managed to put some pressure on during the final 10 seconds.
- Good defensive play by Malott led to a good chance by Reichel, but Kallgren able to get the tip of his pad on the shot to make the save. Reichel has been one of the better Moose players to this point.
- Nice play by Lundmark to ease pressure from the Marlies and allow the Moose to exit their zone.
- Moose starting to get more offensive zone pressure, getting the first 3 shots of the period.
- Berdin made another glove save on a high-danger chance by Robertson.
- Polei made a nice play driving to the net, resulting in a good chance for Lynch. 4th line continued to apply pressure on the next shift.
- On a quick transition, the Marlies' Robertson made a nice pass to Ho-Sang, who showed great patience as he cut in front of Berdin and tucked the puck by the goaltender.
- Despite starting to control play, the Moose find themselves trailing 2-0 with 8:30 remaining in the 2nd. Shots 18-14 in favour of the Marlies.
- Heinola had 2 good chances (first wide, second blocked) and Malott forced Kallgren to make a solid save as Manitoba pushed to get back into the game. Toninato had a nice deflection, but couldn't beat the goalie.
- The Moose got their first goal of the season on a beautiful pass. Kovacevic carried the puck along the boards and passed the puck to Cole Maier, who was posted up by the side of the net. Maier slipped a no-look pass between his legs to the front of the net and Eyssimont was there to poke it by the Marlies tender to bring Manitoba with 1.
- With 4:46 left in the 2nd, the Moose find themselves down 2-1 and being outshot 19-16.
- Poganski created a turnover in the defensive zone, which resulted in a 2 on 1. He fed a nice pass to send Johnson in all alone. After a nice backhand-forehand move, he clearly beat the goalie but the ref indicated that the puck hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out.
- While play continued, Eyssimont ended up taking a penalty which resulted in a stoppage in play. Manitoba pushed to have the Johnson play reviewed, but the refs were unmoved. Hard to be certain when I replayed it due to video quality, however it looks like the refs probably were correct.
- Toronto quickly made the Moose pay for the penalty, when Ho-Sang got his 2nd of the game on a 1 timer from the point on the PP.
- So despite outplaying the Marlies for long sections of the period, the Moose find themselves trailing 3-1 after 2 periods. Which is the exact same spot the Winnipeg Jets found themselves in their opening game.
- Moose got the first good chance of the 3rd, as Lynch fired a hard shot off a face off win. Shortly after, a Heinola shot was deflected but the Marlies tender managed to get a shoulder on it to make the save.
- Cole Maier drew a highstick with 15:18 left in the 3rd, giving the Moose a 4 minute PP. After a Gustafsson face off win and some quick passing, Gus was stopped on a 1 timer. Moose kept the puck in the zone, resulting in a nice chance for Johnson.
- A bad turnover led to a SH breakaway chance for the Marlies, but Berdin stoned them with a massive pad save. Manitoba immediately charged back and got a shot to the net, missing a glorious chance as the rebound bounced over Gustafsson's stick.
- Nice passing by Heinola, Malott, & Johnson results in a chance. Moose keeping possession for the first 3 minutes of the PP, getting many chances.
- After struggling to gain the Marlies' zone in the last minute of PP time, the Moose let a huge opportunity slip through their fingers.
- With 10:41 remaining, Manitoba has now evened up the shots at 24, but continue to trail 3-1. The Marlies Kallgren, drafted in the 7th round by Arizona (2015), is having a strong game, especially on that last prolonged PP.
- The 4th line drew a penalty and once again the Moose went to the PP. Gus won the draw and Heinola took a shot that didn't challenge the goalie.
- Despite keeping possession for the first 30 seconds, the 1st PP unit couldn't manage another shot. A nice pass by Poganski from behind the net set up a good chance for Eyssimont. Toninato had another chance, but the Moose fail to capitalize on the PP.
- Shortly after the PP ended, the Marlies got a chance when Anderson cut hard across the net forcing Berdin to make a pad save. The rebound hit Oligny at the side of the net and bounced past the goal line, giving the Marlies a 4-1 lead.
- With 7:50 remaining in the 3rd, the Moose find themselves in a big hole, despite outshooting the Marlies 26 to 25.
- Lundmark got a shot on net through traffic, resulting in a couple whacks at the rebound, but Toronto was able to ice the puck.
- With 3:16 left in the game, the Marlies cleared the puck over the glass sending the Moose to yet another PP opportunity. To this point, the Moose PP has looked very much like the Jets did on opening night, alternating between getting tons of shot, but no goals or having difficulty in gaining the offensive zone with possession.
- Berdin was quickly pulled to give Manitoba the 6 on 4 advantage, but also allowing the Marlies to take long shots at the empty net without fear of an icing call. The Moose did manage to create a couple of chances, but eventually the Marlies' Seney was able to hit the open net from his own end for his 2nd goal of the game.
- Toronto takes a 5 to 1 lead with 2:09 remaining, but 30 seconds later take a tripping call to give the Moose a short 5 on 3 opportunity.
- Manitoba got a couple shots with the 2 man advantage before their advantage dropped to 5 on 4.
- Moose fail to find a 2nd goal in the remainder of the period and the game ended with a cheap shot on Eyssimont, resulting in yet another scrum.
- Final score: Toronto 5 Manitoba 1 Shots: Toronto 26 Manitoba 35
- Despite being noticeable in the faceoff circle and on the PP, Gustafsson needs to make more of an impact 5 on 5. Same goes for Toninato.
- While Berdin made some nice saves and didn't let any weak goals in, he won't be happy with his night.
- Best player of the game was the Marlies' Robertson. Ho Sang also made an impact in his 1st game in the Leafs organization.
- Best player for the Moose was clearly Eyssimont. The speedy forward was everywhere, creating chances & drawing penalties.
- Heinola was a bit shaky early on, but as Manitoba took control offensively in the later part of the game he definitely had an impact.
- The Moose PP created quite a few shots on the net and seemed to get more dangerous the more chances they got. With limited time to practice together, the specialty units should improve as they get more games under their belts.
- Manitoba's PP went 0 for 5, while their penalty killers allowed a goal on 3 attempts.
- Up Next: The Moose stay in Toronto and will look for revenge when they take on the Marlies again Sunday afternoon. After numerous scrums in the opening game, I wonder how physical the next game will be. Manitoba will have to find a way to slow down Toronto's top line if they want to come out on top.