Moose shutout Monsters 4-0

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-The Manitoba Moose power play proved the dominant factor as Manitoba fired three goals with the man advantage on their way to a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Monsters Saturday night to extend their winning streak to nine games. Julian Melchiori and Jack Roslovic had singles for Manitoba (17-5-1-1). Nic Petan paced the Moose offence with three assists. Sami Niku and Michael Spacek each had a goal and an assist. Michael Hutchinson earned the shutout for the Moose, stopping all 27 shots he faced. Manitoba opened the scoring 6:52 into the opening period when Julian Melchiori scored off a slapshot from the left point. The puck careened off the goalpost before hitting the back of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks and dribbling across the goal line. The goal was his 4th of the season. With Sam Vigneault off for tripping the Moose scored on the power play when Jack Roslovic tipped a Sami Niku slapshot from the point past the Cleveland goaltender to make it 2-0. The goal was his 13th of the season. Manitoba's power play continued to fire on all cylinders in the second period as Michael Spacek added to the Moose lead at 8:19 by absolutely blowing a slapshot from the top of the right face off circle past Kivlenieks after Nic Petan shovelled a puck into his forehand. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Sami Niku's power play goal 8:11 into the third period made it 4-0 Moose. The shutout was threatened with less than a second remaining in regulation as the Monsters Joe Pendenza found himself in front of a wide open Moose net with the puck, which he promptly fired off the goalpost. SHOTS-CLEVELAND 27 MANITOBA 30 ATTENDANCE-5160
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Philip Paul-Martin

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