Manitoba Moose @ Toronto Marlies Recap - Oct 17th

Manitoba Moose @ Toronto Marlies Recap - Oct 17th

After dropping their season opener yesterday to the Toronto Marlies, the Manitoba Moose found themselves looking to split the 2 game series with a win on Sunday afternoon.

The Moose were clearly outplayed in the first game of the season and could not take advantage of PP opportunities (0 for 6) when they arose. The result was a 5 to 1 loss in the first game of new Head Coach Mark Morrison's tenure. Rookie defenseman Simon Lundmark played well in his debut game, getting 3 shots on net and not being on the ice for a goal against.

Manitoba looks to field the same lineup this afternoon, with Mikhail Berdin getting the start in back-to-back games. The Moose are going with 3 Assistant Captains (Jimmy Oligny, Cole Maier, & Johnny Kovacevic).

The Marlies will also start the same goalie (Kallgren) today, after he saved 34 of 35 shots against in the 1st matchup.

Moose Projected Line Up


L. Johnson/Toninato/Poganski








1st Period Recap:

  • The 2nd line had a strong first shift, resulting in a high danger chance for Toninato, but a Marlie dman managed to get a stick on the shot to deflect it off target.
  • Manitoba continued to pressure Toronto early, getting a bunch of shots, including when Gustafsson set up Reichel in the slot.
  • The following shift, the 3rd line kept the pressure on. Just after the 3rd line started a change, Polei won a battle along the boards and sent a pass to the front of the net. The pass was deflected up in the air by 4th liner Lynch as he drove to the net and the Marlies tender lost sight of it. The puck ended up dropping behind Kallgren to sit in the blue paint and Greg Meireles was able to find the puck and poke it in to give the Moose a 1-0 lead.
  • Moose Goal - Meireles (1) from Lynch (1) & Polei (1)
  • Manitoba controlled the majority of play early in the game, outshooting Toronto 6-2.
  • Heinola had a dangerous shot on net from the point that resulted in a battle for the rebound.
  • Gustafsson playing better this game so far, forcing the opponent's defense to make poor clearing attempts with harassing forechecks.
  • The Marlies Kallgren stoned Malott & Reichel on a 2 on 1 with a quick glove save.
  • At the midway mark on the period, Toronto had their first dangerous shift of the game. Berdin required to make a nice pad save on 1 attempt, while another high danger chance was broken up when Lundmark tied up the Marlie on the receiving end of a cross-ice pass.
  • 2nd line had a long shift in the offensive zone creating chances, helped by two timely pinches by veteran Oligny.
  • Just under 5 minutes left in the 1st and Manitoba is outshooting (11-3) and outchancing Toronto by a large margin.
  • The Marlies made a bad drop pass at the Moose blueline which was intercepted by Eyssimont. He quickly raced toward the Marlies end on a 1 on 1, while Heinola jumped into the play and was about 6 feet behind. Eyssimont briefly glanced at Heinola as they entered the Toronto zone, then ripped a snapshot into the top corner to give Manitoba a 2-0 lead.
  • Moose Goal - Eyssimont (2) unassisted
  • Berdin made a strong save on a pinching Marlie dman, as Toronto tried to push to get back into the game.
  • After controlling the flow of play for the majority of the period, Manitoba found themselves leading 2-0 and outshooting the Marlies 14-5.
  • Manitoba Shot Leaders: Toninato (2), Eyssimont (2), Meireles (2), & Oligny (2).

2nd Period Recap:

  • Both teams opened up the 2nd with good scoring chances. The Marlies had a 2 on 1 that ended with a shot missing the net, while the Moose's 1st line got a chance when Reichel set Malott up for a shot.
  • With just under 3 minutes gone in the 2nd, Manitoba created an opportunity when they gained the Toronto zone and ended up getting the puck back to the point. Gawanke threw a cross-ice pass along the blueline to a wide open Kovacevic, who 1 timed a blast that sailed past the goalie and into the net. Manitoba 3 Toronto 0
  • Moose Goal - Kovacevic (1) from Gawanke (1)
  • After a bit of rough stuff, as the Marlies were starting to use physicality to get back into the game, a Lundmark turnover led to a short 2 man breakaway for Toronto. After a pass & a great move, Berdin was not fooled & made a highlight reel glove save, keeping the Marlies off the scoresheet.
  • The Marlies took a roughing penalty on Lundmark and sent the Moose to their first PP of the game just over 6 minutes into the 2nd.
  • Despite controlling the puck for 90% of the PP, Manitoba really only created one high danger chance. Toninato was set up for a 1 timer, but his shot missed the target. Malott took a hit on a dump in and went to the Moose dressing room.
  • Toronto has a 6'8" forward (Curtis Douglas) on their squad & he has been running Moose players all period. Refs beginning to lose control of the game, as it is starting to get pretty chippy, yet for the most part the refs' whistle has remained in his pocket.
  • After a clear trip of Heinola that went uncalled, the Marlies had a breakaway that Berdin saved without much difficulty.
  • Mid point of the period, Manitoba outshooting Toronto 20-11 with play starting to go back & forth, with both teams getting offensive zone time.
  • Yet another drop pass in the offensive zone cost the Marlies, when Kovacevic intercepted the puck and quickly sent it to Toninato. Toninato made a beautiful pass to find a streaking Poganski, who found himself on a breakaway with a Marlie dman draped over his back. While holding off the defender, Poganski made a nice forehand-backhand move before elevating the puck into the top corner to give the Moose a 4-0 lead.
  • Moose Goal - Poganski (1) from Toninato (1) & Kovacevic (2)
  • The Marlies had a brief period of pushback before the Moose started to control play again. Heinola & Toninato had chances.
  • While trying to split the defense, Toninato is hauled down and Manitoba went to the PP with 3:45 left in the period.
  • The Marlies' giant goon (Douglas) runs a Moose from behind on the PK, giving Manitoba a 2 man advantage for just over a minute.
  • Heinola's 1-timer went wide on the 1st good chance and they created a few other opportunities before the Marlies killed off the first of the penalties. Manitoba couldn't get much done with the remaining 45 seconds of the 5 on 4 PP and even gave up a chance against. Chisholm showed speed in coming back to break up the opportunity.
  • The 2nd period ended without much else happening and the Manitoba Moose find themselves leading 4-0. Shots are 27-13 for a Manitoba team that has completely dominated the game to this point. On the negative side, the Moose PP has continued to struggle to find the back of the net (0 for 9).
  • Manitoba Shot Leaders: Reichel (4) & Heinola (3).

3rd Period Recap:

  • Toronto started off the period spending time in the Manitoba zone, but ended up taking a cross-checking penalty before they could create a good scoring chance.
  • The Moose PP struggled to gain the offensive zone for the early part of the period, but eventually the 1st PP unit did so. After a couple of passes, Heinola found himself at the point with space. He wristed a shot towards the Marlies net, which was deftly tipped by Reichel. Kallgren couldn't react in time and Manitoba took a 5-0 lead with their 1st PP goal of the season.
  • Moose Goal - Reichel (1) from Heinola (1) & L. Johnson (1)
  • Heinola displayed his offensive skills with some amazing moves in the Marlies' zone, dancing by a couple of defenders. That shift created a few shots & Ville played a big role.
  • 6 minutes into the 3rd period, Oligny flipped the puck over the glass and gave the Marlies their first PP opportunity of the game.
  • After doing a solid job of killing off the 1st minute of the penalty, Gustafsson attempted to lift a Marlies' stick, but ended up highsticking him instead. Toronto went to a 5 on 3 PP for 45 seconds.
  • A blocked shot allowed the Moose to clear the puck and Toninato made it difficult for Toronto to gain the offensive zone, killing off the first Moose penalty. The Marlies managed to keep possession for the last part of the PP, but really couldn't manage to create a scoring chance before it ended.
  • At the midway point, Manitoba continued to have the lead in shots on net (30 to 18) .
  • The next 5 minutes of play consisted of both teams dumping the puck into the offensive zone, but failing to get possession back.
  • Eyssimont had a scoring chance from the slot, but the goalie just managed to get a piece of the puck to deny him.
  • Gawanke made a good read, breaking up a Toronto chance and allowing Manitoba to exit the zone.
  • A tussle between Toninato & Seney led to a period at 4 on 4. Quickly Gustafsson set up Reichel and the Marlies tender made a glorious toe save. Eyssimont used his speed to get into the low slot for a slap shot that just missed the top corner. Meireles drove by a defender to get a backhand on net.
  • The 4 on 4 ended when Toronto picked up a Too Many Men penalty (had 6 players when they should have had 4).
  • The Moose start with a 3rd PP unit with mainly bottom 6 players. They manage to keep offensive zone pressure, but manage no shots before the period ends.
  • Moose Shot Leaders: Reichel (6), Eyssimont (5), & Heinola (4).
  • Final Score: Manitoba 5 Toronto 0 Shots: Manitoba 35 Toronto 18

Final Thoughts:

  • 3 Stars of the Game:
    • 1st: Mikhail Berdin
    • 2nd: Johnny Kovacevic
    • 3rd: Kristian Reichel
  • Eyssimont used his speed well on the forecheck, creating numerous turnovers. His snap shot goal was impressive.
  • Berdin had a great bounce-back game, stopping 18 shots for his first shut-out of the season. While he wasn't busy, he made some saves on very good Marlie chances including an amazing save on a 2 man breakaway.
  • Heinola had a very good game, despite the Marlies taking runs at him all game. Both he and Lundmark seem to have a knack for putting the puck on net through traffic.
  • Gustafsson had a much better game, while continuing to be dominant in the face-off circle.
  • The Moose PP finally broke through with a goal, but have lots of work to do after a 1 for 11 start to the year. They are definitely missing the skills of Perfetti and Luke Johnson isn't as dangerous on the 1 timer as Vesalainen was. The PK was able to kill off both of Toronto's opportunities, including a short period with 2 men short.
  • Up Next: Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket on Wednesday, Oct 20th.

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