Welcome to Manitoba Moose Mondays, a weekly update on the previous week of Moose action! In a short recap, Manitoba Moose Mondays will cover the game results, Winnipeg Jets prospects, notable players, and everything in between. This week’s abbreviated edition covers October 15th and 16th.
The Manitoba Moose (1-0-1) wrapped up their first weekend of regular season action, splitting their opening two games with the Rockford IceHogs. While the first game didn’t go as planned for the Manitoba Moose, the weekend was still full of excitement.
The home opener was an emotional rollercoaster for both fans and players, as they witnessed a three-goal lead evaporate in the third. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two periods, the Moose were ambushed by a newly energized IceHogs squad. Erasing the deficit, the Moose and IceHogs headed to overtime where the IceHogs won 5-4 on a goal by Brett Seney.
While the first game didn’t go as planned for the Manitoba Moose, the weekend was still full of excitement.
Despite the frustrating loss in the home opener, the Moose found a way to bounce back on Sunday. Powered by goals late in the second and third, the Moose took the second game by a score of 4-0. It was a great effort after a disappointing result the day before, and the Sunday crowd was treated to a great game.
Daniel Torgersson – (2 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 Pts)
Declan Chisholm – (2 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 Pts)
Other players tied for team lead: Kevin Stenlund, Mikey Eyssimont, Evan Polei
Lucius and Lambert on the Board
Within the first two games of the season, both Chaz Lucius and Brad Lambert have recorded their first career AHL goals for the Moose.
Lucius, the Winnipeg Jets’ 18th overall pick in 2021, redirected a pass from Kevin Stenlund past IceHogs goaltender Arvid Soderblom to record his first professional goal.
Lambert, the 30th overall selection for the Winnipeg Jets in 2022, joined Lucius in his accomplishment of scoring his first AHL goal on Sunday. Fresh out of the penalty box, Lambert took a Declan Chisholm pass on the fly and roofed one over Soderblom.
Salminen Stands Tall
In his first North American Start, Manitoba Moose goaltender Oskari Salminen recorded a 32-save shutout against the IceHogs on Sunday.
Salminen, a free-agent signing by the Jets in May, looked confident and comfortable in his first-ever AHL start. Positioned well, the 23-year-old Finland native made several spectacular saves and kept the Moose in the lead in the third period.
After such a strong debut, Salminen could be in line to compete for the starter’s job after Arvid Holm struggled in his first action.
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The Manitoba Moose are back in action against the Chicago Wolves on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 PM central time in Chicago.