|(Credit: Manitoba Moose)|
Michael Mersch collected the first goal of the game in the second period. It was a Moose turnover that he ran in alone on the breakaway, scoring it after collecting his own rebound. Joel L'Esperance also scored on a turnover to make it 2-0. It was the rookie's 26th goal of the season, leading not just all rookies but all skaters in the league overall.
The Laberge penalty was a turning point for Texas. As Stoykewych rounded the corner behind the net, Laberge came at him up for a solid hit that turned bad as the Moose skater turned to avoid it. You can see below the hit and aftermath.
With some open ice, Manitoba scored on a 2-on-1 during the 4-on-4 segment and on a one-timer during the power play. The game was tied heading into the third.
The only marker of the third was Marko Dano's game winner. It was a fantastic hand-eye coordination play as he found a rebound off the body of Seth Griffith and baseball-whacked it into the net.
The Stars get a chance for quick revenge against Manitoba tomorrow at 2 PM.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Markison (lower body)
Hansson, Phelan (scratch)
Tonight’s attendance was 4,438.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Manitoba - February 9 2019