Moose Let Loose on Monsters

The Manitoba Moose, a 40-win team, came into Quicken Loans Arena riding an eight-game win streak. The Moose left Cleveland with the streak intact following a 7-2 victory over the Monsters on Tuesday night.

The Monsters came out quick as they seemed aware of the Moose’s hot streak. A Johnny Boychuk slapper from the point on the power play made Manitoba pay early when Wyatt Smith tipped in the disc from the doorstep. Chris Stewart and Boychuk were each credited with the assists on Smith’s 15th goal of the season at the 3:04 mark of the first.

“I don’t think a lot of guys would do that. Some guys want to make plays and some guys might be afraid of getting in front of the net. I have been doing that my whole career and I’ll continue to do that,” said Smith.

The Moose began their scoring when a puck trickled into the net off a shot from Jannik Hansen with less than a minute remaining in the period at 19:12. Credited with the assist on Hansen’s marker was Brad Moran.

Manitoba opened the second period similar to how they ended the first, scoring in the first minute. Left wing Mark Derlago cleaned up the doorstep off a wrister from the left circle by Moran at the 0:59 mark of the second.

The Moose added to their 2-1 lead with another marker at the 3:57 mark on a goal from Pierre Cedric-Labrie. The Labrie tally was assisted by Greg Rallo and Michael Grabner.

To continue the second period scoring flurry, Manitoba put another puck in the back of the net off the stick of Derlago at 11:56 of the second frame. Moran was given the lone assist, his third of the contest.

The third period bred much of the same for the Moose as they attacked early and often. The fifth goal by Manitoba was potted by Grabner at the 1:29 mark. Assisting on Grabner’s marker were Colby Genoway and Danny Groulx.

The sixth Moose tally was generated from a slapper at the left circle by Rallo that landed in the back of the net to push the lead to 6-1 in favor of the Moose. The helpers were given to Genoway and Shaun Heshka at 4:49 of the third.

To continue the scoring tear, Manitoba posted a seventh tally at the 12:00 mark off the stick of Groulx. Assists were credited to Genoway and veteran defenseman Nolan Baumgartner.

A little late period magic stopped the scoring barrage of the Moose when Lake Erie’s Jamie Lundmark found Eric Healey in the slot for his 21st goal of the season. T.J. Hensick was also given a helper on Healey’s tally at the 13:34 mark of the third.

Monsters goalie Mike Wall was lifted after 44:37 in goal following Manitoba’s sixth tally. In his start, Wall made 29 stops on 35 shots. Tyler Weiman came in to take Wall’s spot and made three saves on four shots. Manitoba netminder Drew MacIntyre turned away 26 of the 28 that he faced for the win.

“It seemed like they out-played us from the start of the game to the end of the game. That was the difference, tonight had nothing to do with systems. It was a matter of Manitoba coming in here and beating us to the loose pucks and being physically hotter on the play than we were,” said Monsters head coach Joe Sacco.

The Monsters now head to Grand Rapids to face the Griffins on Wednesday night. Lake Erie then returns home on Friday, March 28th to face the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. for another Dollar Dog Friday.

Sights and Sounds
Wyatt Smith Interview
Coach Joe Sacco Interview
Three Stars
First Star
Brad Moran (MTB)
Second Star
Mark Derlago (MTB)
Third Star
Michael Grabner (MTB)
Quote, Unquote

“I thought Mike (Wall) played well. He started to struggle a little bit, maybe from facing so many shots. Mike is certainly not to blame for the outcome of this game, it’s a team effort.” - Head Coach Joe Sacco

Search Archive »

  Bookmark and Share

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
March 2007
January 2007
December 2006
May 2006