By Carter Brooks
Photo by Jonathan Kozub
The Manitoba Moose have rebounded nicely from a tough road trip with two victories on home ice this past weekend.
Following a 3-2 victory over the Texas Stars on Saturday, Manitoba put up a 2-0 shutout over those same visitors Sunday, beginning what looks to be a very successful six-game homestand.
The Moose battled back from a two-goal deficit Saturday, scoring three unanswered goals off the sticks of Skyler McKenzie, Tucker Poolman and Marko Dano, while Eric Comrie turned aside 30 of 32 pucks fired his way in the thrilling evening victory. Seth Griffith and Logan Shaw each picked up two assists on Saturday, before continuing their work Sunday afternoon.
With Ken Appleby re-assigned to the East Coast Hockey League's Jacksonville Icemen, goaltender call-up Mikhail Berdin got his seventh start of the 2018-19 season, also the seventh AHL start of his career. The 20-year-old Russian was brilliant between the pipes, stopping all 34 shots en route to his first career American Hockey League shutout.
Manitoba once again got all of its points from the same sources on Sunday. Griffith and Shaw found the twine for the Moose, while Poolman and Dano drew the only two assists that were handed out. Shaw's goal was his 20th of the season, making him the first Moose player to hit that mark. Berdin now owns a 2.35 goals against average and a .932 save percentage on the season, to go along with four victories and one overtime loss in seven starts.
The Moose will look to keep the train rolling forward as they host the Chicago Wolves twice this coming week before also taking on the Milwaukee Admirals two times at home on the weekend. Both games against the Wolves will go at 6:00 PM central, while the games against the Admirals are 2:00 PM starts.