The Manitoba Moose never trailed in today's afternoon game in Winnipeg, as they dropped the visiting Texas Stars 5-4. The game was Texas' final contest of the season in Canada. Two goals from their captain, Travis Morin, could not overcome a resurgent Manitoba offense, which scored two goals in twenty seconds early in the first and never looked back.
Prior to the game, the league suspended Brenden Kichton for his match penalty yesterday against Texas, an illegal check to the head. Gemel Smith, the recipient of that check, played today without incident.
Travis Morin got Texas on the board in the first after those quick Moose goals, but Manitoba finished the frame up 3-1 on a power play goal. Texas evened things up in the second with even strength markers from Matej Stransky and Dustin Stevenson. Brandon Anselmini earned his first AHL point on Stevenson's goal.
Danny DeSalvo notched the go-ahead goal early in the third on an unassisted effort, but Travis Morin potted his second with a power play tally with 4 minutes left in regulation. Apparently set to go to overtime, DeSalvo stepped up against for the Moose. With 83 seconds remaining in the frame, DeSalvo pierced Lagace on the power play for the 5-4 final.
Maxime Lagace got the start and halted 26 of 31. Texas is off until Friday back in Cedar Park against the Rockford IceHogs.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Honka (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)
Van Brabant, Werek (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was 6,573.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - December 4 2016