Manitoba Moose (12-6-1) @ Belleville Senators (9-10) Recap - Dec 5th
Credit: Jonathan Kozub/Manitoba Moose
The Manitoba Moose started off what will be a busy December by winning the first of 12 games they have scheduled in the month. Despite playing poorly defensively in the opening period, the Moose improved their play in the final two frames and came out with a 3 to 1 win over the Belleville Senators. With a .658 winning percentage, Manitoba is currently sitting in 2nd place in the AHL's Central Division. They are chasing the division's top team, the Chicago Wolves, who are sporting a .737 winning percentage.
Cole Perfetti took the lead in team scoring when he picked up an assist yesterday, giving him a total of 15 points (0.94 pts/game) coming into this game. Ville Heinola, David Gustafsson, and Austin Poganski are following close behind with 14. After a slow start to his season, Austin Poganski is now one of the hottest Moose players, finding himself on a 7 game point streak (with 3 G, 9 A, 12 Pts in that span) to climb up the team's point leader list.
Coach Morrison will only make two line-up changes for today's game, with Todd Burgess replacing Nicholas Jones on the 3rd line and Arvid Holm starting in place of Mikhail Berdin. Holm enters today's contest with a 3-1-1 record, a 2.56 GAA, and a .887 save %. With a win over Belleville, Manitoba could have a season-high 4 game winning streak.
The Belleville Senators will be looking to bounce back after losing a fairly close game to the Moose on Saturday. In his first start since being demoted from Ottawa, Matt Murray got the loss while turning aside 30 of 33 shots. The Senators are currently sitting in a tie for 5th in the AHL's North Division and will need to string together some wins if they want to move into a playoff position.
Belleville will start Mads Sogaard in net this afternoon, a 2nd round draft pick (37th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, as they look to avoid dropping 3 straight games. The goalie comes in with a 2.64 GAA, 6-4 record, and a .914 save %.
Moose Projected Line Up
1st Period Recap:
- Belleville missed an early opportunity when Holm came out to break up a pass attempt on a 2 on 1 with a pokecheck. Belleville's Sabourin crashed into him after this, sending the Swedish goalie sprawling.
- Egle created the Moose's first good chance when he used his speed to cut around a defenseman and sent a pass to Meireles for a quick shot from the low slot. The Senator's Sogaard was able to get a pad on the puck and was able to cover it after a brief scramble at the side of his net.
- Manitoba picked up a slashing penalty (Kovacevic), sending Belleville to the PP.
- Holm made a big pad save when Belleville's Sokolov cut through the blue paint and tried to tuck a backhand in the net. He was called on again to make a save off a Shaw 1 timer. A bad bounce in the Senator's end led to a glorious chance for Malott on the PK, but he was unable to find a way to beat Soogard. Reichel also was denied from in tight. After a brief flurry of shots to start the PP, Belleville gave up more chances against with the man advantage than they could direct towards the Manitoba net.
- The game settled into a span where neither team could get control of the puck in the offensive zone. As we reached the midway point of the 1st, the Senators were leading in shots (6-5).
- The 3rd line spent a shift in the Senator's end, but the 2 shots they attempted were blocked before reaching the net.
- Heinola broke up a rush from a streaking Lucchini by taking the body and riding him into the boards.
- While the Senators aren't getting many high danger chances, they are controlling the majority of the play so far. Though it started evening out, as neither squad could manage a shot on net from the 8 minute to 5 minute mark.
- A tussle near the Belleville bench resulted in the Senator's Kastelic taking a roughing penalty.
- The 1st unit lost the opening face-off and had to regroup. 40 seconds into the PP, they were briefly able to set up, but a puck bounced over Gustafsson's stick and the puck was once again sent down the ice. The 2nd unit had better success in setting up, but a bunch of passes resulted in no shot attempts before the puck was cleared. They quickly regained the zone and Gawanke found himself with the puck in the right corner. He turned and saw Chisholm sneaking into the slot from the point, hitting him with a pass. Chisholm made no mistake as he rifled a wrist shot by a screened Sogaard & into the top right corner. Manitoba took a 1-0 lead with 2:57 left.
- Moose Goal: Chisholm (5) from Gawanke (10) and Meireles (6) - PowerPlay
- Belleville's Kelly tried to rough up Meireles on the following shift, but Caron came in and threw a bunch of punches while Kelly quickly turtled. After much discussion between the refs/linesmen, it was decided that Caron would get the extra penalty, sending the Moose back to the PK.
- A face-off win allowed the Senators to set up early, but after a lot of passes Kovacevic was able to steal the puck and relieve the pressure. Sokolov just missed the net when he cut in and released a shot from a couple feet out. Manitoba was able to get the puck out of their zone and made it difficult for their opponents to regain it.
- The period ended with 18 seconds of PP time left and the teams deadlocked with 8 shots apiece, though Manitoba held a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.
- Manitoba Shot Leaders: Reichel (2)
2nd Period Recap:
- Manitoba had no difficulty killing off the remainder of the PP. However, the Senators continued to push after the man advantage ended and Samberg got caught with a stick in the leg's of Shaw as he was trying to defend.
- Belleville able to set up fairly quickly on this PP and passed it around before testing Holm on a shot from the high slot. The Moose able to clear their end and kept the Senators out until the final moments. The Senators did get a nice shot on net just after the penalty expired, but Holm was there to kick the rebound to the corner.
- After a shot was blocked by Kovacevic and the puck bounced into the neutral zone, Manitoba found themselves on a 2 on 1. Eyssimont slid a nice pass to Burgess to put him alone with the goalie, but he was in too close and couldn't find a way through Sogaard's pads.
- A beautiful cross-ice pass from Gustafsson to Egle eventually led to a good wrap-around attempt, but again the Senator's goalie was there to keep the puck out.
- Belleville rushed back the other way and Holm had to quickly move across the net to make the save on a 1 timer.
- A Suess pass just inside Belleville's blueline was broken up and the Senators got a breakaway as a result. After a forehand-backhand move, Reinhardt tried to open Holm's legs to slide the puck through. The Swede played it well and gave him no where to shoot but at his pads.
- A 2 on 1 that turned into a 3 on 2 for Belleville was broken up by a nice defensive play from Chisholm.
- As we passed the midway point of the 2nd, Eyssimont skated the puck into the offensive zone. Eventually the puck worked it's way to Kovacevic at the point and he skated it along the boards, heading behind the net. Before he went behind the goal, he slipped a pass to Burgess, who was battling in front of the net. Burgess was able to get a stick on the pass and redirected it by a surprised Sogaard to give the Moose a 2 to 0 lead with 9:55 to play.
- Moose Goal: Burgess (1) from Kovacevic (6) and Eyssimont (4)
- Belleville responded with a strong shift, pinning the 1st line in their own end. Eventually Samberg was able to break it up and give the defenders a chance to change.
- The Senators took a cross-checking penalty on Samberg with 6:10 remaining, sending the Moose to the PP for the 2nd time of the game.
- 2nd unit were able to set up quickly and Gawanke rang a shot off the post through traffic. 1st line came on and controlled the puck for a bit before a Poganski shot was blocked. A neat passing play from Poganski to Suess in the slot, then he tried to hit Perfetti at the side of the net but he couldn't direct it on net. Another good chance for Gawanke, after he played catch with Chisholm along the blueline and let a shot fly. Moose PP drops to 1 for 2.
- A slashing penalty against Belleville with 3:49 left in the 2nd, sent Manitoba quickly back to the powerplay.
- A face-off win quickly led to a Heinola 1 timer that Sogaard initially bobbled, but recovered in time to get a whistle. Some more puck movement led to another shot from Heinola that was just deflected wide. The 2nd unit came on with over a minute left in the man advantage. They were able to maintain control of the puck for the majority of the remaining time, but couldn't really test the Belleville goaltender.
- Some misplaced defensive coverage led to a wide open breakaway for Lucchini and Holm was once again up to the challenge, denying the Senator's leading goal scorer.
- As the period ended, the 1st line pushed for a 3 goal and almost got it when Poganski let a shot fly from the right face-off dot. Period ended with the Moose holding a 2 to 0 lead and a 20-15 advantage in shots on net.
- Manitoba Shot Leaders: Burgess (4), Heinola/Reichel (3)
3rd Period Recap:
- Not much happened in the opening 3 minutes of the third, however shortly after Holm committed leather larceny as he gloved a hard shot from the low slot as he dropped into the butterfly. He held the glove proudly up in the air while he sat on the ice as the ref's whistle stopped play.
- Chisholm jumped in from the point and pounced on a rebound, but Sogaard denied his chance at a 3rd multi-goal game.
- Oligny broke up an odd-man rush for the Senators with a bodycheck that sent the puck carrier to the ice.
- Poganski carried the puck into the Belleville end and dropped a pass to Perfetti as they criss-crossed. Perfetti skated into the mid-slot and rifled a wrist shot towards the top right corner, but Sogaard flashed a glove out to make the save.
- With 8 and a half minutes gone, Manitoba had only allowed 1 dangerous chance against so far, the perfect way to play with a lead.
- Samberg showed that the art of the hip check is still alive as he took out a Senator along the boards.
- As we passed the middle of the period, the Moose were leading the shot count (24-17) and were defending their 2 to 0 lead well.
- Moose switched up their defensive pairings, with Samberg joining Heinola and Oligny pairing with Kovacevic.
- Eyssimont dangled for a bit before letting a shot go from the slot that hit a defenseman before it could reach the goalie.
- With the clock ticking past the 6:00 minute mark, Belleville pushed to find a way to beat Holm with a couple solid shifts in a row. They were able to send 3 shots towards the Moose goalie, but all were from long distance and easily handled.
- A face-off loss led to a blocker save off a slapshot from the point.
- 1st line rushed the other way and a give-and-go between Poganski and Perfetti gave the young center a chance from in tight.
- Shaw set up Leslie for a 1 timer from the face-off circle, but Holm came across and was able to take the shot off his chest without giving up a rebound.
- As Belleville controlled play looking for a goal, a careless stick in a battle along the boards led to a Senator high-sticking call. Instead of getting an extra man by pulling the goalie, they found themselves short-handed instead.
- Manitoba's PP didn't try to score too much, but Perfetti undressed a player at the blueline and set up Reichel in the slot. A shattered stick killed that chance and the 1st unit started to pass the puck around the zone again.
- The Senator's pulled the goalie with 40 seconds left and the Moose had 3 chances at the empty net (Suess/Malott) but none found the twine.
- Holm called on to make one last save of Lucchini in the dying seconds and picks up his first AHL shutout.
- Manitoba Shot Leaders: Burgess/Reichel (4), Heinola/Perfetti/Chisholm (3)
- Final Score: MANITOBA 2 BELLEVILLE 0
- Shots: MANITOBA 28 BELLEVILLE 22
- Moose PP went 1 for 4, while the PK killed off all 3 chances against. The 2nd PP unit out-played the 1st in this game and were rewarded with a goal.
- Loving the physical play of Samberg the past 2 games. Both games against Belleville were tighter checking and more physical when compared to the majority of Moose games.
- A very good game for Arvid Holm, turning aside a couple breakaways and absolutely robbing someone with a glove save.
- The first time this year that Declan Chisholm scored a goal and didn't follow it up with another in the same game. He had a couple chances to add to his goal, but overall it was a solid game for the young defenseman.
- Burgess had big shoes to fill in taking the pesky Jones' spot on the 3rd line, but was up to the challenge and had numerous chances before adding his 1st goal of the season.
- 3 Stars of the Game:
- 1st: Arvid Holm - Manitoba (stopped 22 of 22 shots for shutout)
- 2nd: Declan Chisholm - Manitoba (1 goal)
- 3rd: Johnny Kovacevic - Manitoba (1 assist)
- Poganski's 7 game point streak came to an end as he was held off the scoresheet this afternoon.
- With the shutout, Holm's record improved to 4-1-1, while his GAA dropped to 2.14 and his save percentage increased to .905.
- Up Next: Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket on Wednesday, Dec 8th @ 6:30 pm CST.