Barracuda edge Moose 3-2

Saturday, 30 December 2017 22:46 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 405 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Manuel Wiederer fired the game winner with 5:06 left in the third period as the San Jose Barracuda edged the Manitoba Moose by a 3-2 score Saturday afternoon. Wiederer capitalized on a rebound that Manitoba goaltender Michael Hutchinson kicked out right onto his stick off a slap shot by Cavan Fitzgerald to make it 3-2. Filip Sandberg and Brandon Bolig also scored for the Sharks, who moved to 15-11-2-0 on the season. Troy Grosenick stopped 24 shots for San Jose Mike Sgarbossa and Sami Niku scored for Manitoba. Michael Hutchinson turned aside 23 shots for the Moose, who dropped to 23-6-1-2. San Jose scored first 1:10 into the gamewhen Moose goaltender Michael Hutchinson mishandled a puck on the end boards. The disc careened off the boards and right to Filip Sandberg who was left standing alone in front of an open net with the puck. Sandberg shovelled the puck into the goal to put the Sharks up 1-0. Mike Sgarbossa got the Moose on even terms at 7:46 of the second period when he backhanded a rebound off a J.C. Lipon shot past San Jose goaltender Troy Grosenick. Lipon took control of the puck behind the San Jose net before moving to the left side boards and firing a low shot on goal which Sgarbossa jumped on. The goal was his 11th of the season. The celebration proved to be short lived as Brandon Bolig took a feed from Jon Maritin from the slot before he broke in alone on Hutchinson and beat the Manitoba goaltender with a backhand deke to give the Barracuda a 2-1 lead just 15 seconds later. The goal was his 7th of the season. Sami Niku tied the contest on the power play 5:06 into the third period. With Michael Brodinski off for cross checking Nic Petan hit Niku with a pass along the right side boards near the top of the faceoff circle before the Niku moved in and wired a high shot past Grosenick to make it 2-2. The power play marker was his 5th goal of the season. Manuel Wiederer fired the game winning tally at 14:54 of the third period. The goal was his 3rd of the season. SHOTS-SAN JOSE 26 MANITOBA 26 ATTENDANCE-6928
Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.