The Manitoba Moose are losing core players nearly every day due to call-up and positive COVID-19 testing, but they continue to impress and finish second in the AHL Central Division with a 19-9-1-1 Records.
Moose is missing a boatload of regulars
The Moose started a five-game road trip last weekend in Texas without the services of most of their top shooters and mainstays, including Declan Chisholm (COVID protocol), Thomas Cuaron (COVID-19 protocol) pact), Leon Gawank (COVID pact), David Gustafson (called to Jets), Bobby Lynch (COVID pact), Evan Pole (COVID pact), Christian Rachel (called to the Jets) and CJ Suess (called to the Jets.)
To make matters worse, they have missed all three goalkeepers who have started for them this season: Mikhail Berdin (called up to the Jets’ taxi squad), Arvid Holm (called up to the Jets’ taxi squad) Jets’ taxi fleet) and Philippe De Rossier.
Forward deep, goalie Cormier fires moose past star
The severe understaffing didn’t stop them from taking all four points against the Texas Stars in back-to-back games. The players who came in all stood up.
In Friday night’s 4-1 victory, Austin Poganski scored a pair and Jeff Marott scored the game-winning goal. nice legs hard After Nelson Nogier’s shot bounced off the rebound to him.
the next night It was a wild, back-and-forth affair. The Moose led 2-0 early in the second, but 1:35 in the third thanks to goals from depth forwards Todd Burgess and Luke Johnson At the break, the Stars took the lead with three consecutive points.
The Moose then scored in a row — Isaac Johnson’s first AHL goal in a power game, followed by Kermeier’s average-strength goal 1 minute and 15 seconds later — to regain the lead . However, the Moose couldn’t hold on to their 4-3 advantage as The Stars’ Anthony Lewis completed his hat-trick with 1:01 left.
Game seems destined for overtime until last-second hero: right-winger Haralds Eger score on the clock Capture incredible victories in regular time.
Goalkeeper Evan Cormier also contributed greatly to the pair’s victory. Signed Jan. 2 from the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers in the final minute, Cormier won three-quarters for his brand-new team and came in two games against the Iowa Wild. Only scored three goals.
the 24 year old No less than human highlights In Lone Star State, made many great saves.
Elks impress in Milwaukee despite more roster hits
If you thought Moose’s lineup couldn’t be put together anymore, you’d be wrong: They lost Dylan Samberg and Ville Heinola to the Jets’ Taxi team ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals, plus five more. Famous Players COVID Protocol: Philippe De Rossier, Jonathan Kovacevich, Cole Meyer, Nelson Nogier (a defender who already played forward) and Hayden Shaw.
Three players were on the PTO and another made his season debut, but Burding returned to start his first game in nearly a month, and a team that makes committee wins a big part of its DNA continues to do so , An impressive 2-0 victory.
Although nine players on the roster have played in fewer than 10 games in Moose uniforms this season, the team has shown quick chemistry: They beat the Admirals 34-24.
Luke Johnson scored a late second-quarter scramble to break the 0-0 deadlock, Poganski scored an empty goal, and Burding stopped all his shots for his third suspension of the year.
Things don’t get any easier for moose
In the face of so many roster changes, the Moose’s resilience and ability to consistently win make them a very attractive and likable team. They refuse to make excuses.
Manager Mark Morrison’s message about the “next player” clearly resonated, and his ability to quickly integrate new players into the squad should be commended. However, one has to wonder that there is a limit to how many players a team can lose before they stop winning.
We’ll find out on Friday, when Moose heads into Grand Rapids for two games against the Griffins. Morrison added another monkey wrench to his roster plan Thursday morning as Burding, Marlot and Poganski were all called up to the Jets ahead of Thursday’s game against the Red Wings. taxi fleet.
Declan Schroeder is a 26-year-old communications specialist and freelance journalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds a Creative Communication Diploma in Journalism from Red River College and a BA in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Winnipeg.
Deeply rooted in the city’s hockey culture, the original Jets skipped the city when he was two, and the 2.0 version came out when he was 17.