By Carter Brooks
Photo by Scott Paulus
The Manitoba Moose concluded a successful three-game road trip Tuesday night with a 2-1 overtime victory over the league's best team, Milwaukee.
It was Manitoba's second meeting with the Admirals in three days, and it certainly provided some of the excitement that was expected following Milwaukee's 4-1 victory on Saturday evening. The Moose started goaltender Mikhail Berdin, who collected his second win in as many tries since being recalled from the East Coast Hockey League, Sami Niku put on an offensive display, while Mason Appleton won the game for the Moose in overtime.
Safe to say, it was a thriller.
Niku got things going for Manitoba on the offensive side of things with an incredible solo effort, skating around nearly every Milwaukee player in the offensive zone, before ripping a shot past Tom McCollum midway through the second period. It took the Admirals just four minutes to counter Manitoba's attack, as Nick Baptiste put his fourth of the year past Berdin, knotting the game up at ones.
Baptiste's power play marker was the final goal of regulation, as neither team managed to find a way to beat their opposition's keeper in the closing frame. It took just 2:06 of overtime for Appleton to collect the winner for the Moose. Off of a great backhand feed from Michael Spacek, Appleton blasted the game winner home, propelling Manitoba to 2-1 on their road trip.
The Moose put on an offensive display, registering 40 shots on net, as compared to the Admirals' decent 30-shot performance. Berdin stopped 29 of 30 pucks for his second career American Hockey League victory. Sami Niku and Michael Spacek had points on both Manitoba goals Tuesday.
Manitoba will host the Chicago Wolves from Bell MTS Place on Friday in the first game of a Friday-Saturday back-to-back matchup. Puck drop for Saturday's contest is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. central. Sunday's game will go at 6:00 P.M.