Moose down Barracuda 5-2

Sunday, 31 December 2017 22:53 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 173 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Chase De Leo scored twice and added an assist to lead the Manitoba Moose to a 5-2 win over the visiting San Jose Barracuda Sunday afternoon. Nic Petan also scored for the Moose, who earned their 24th win of the season (24-6-1-2). Buddy Robinson and Michael Spacek each had a goal and an assist for Manitoba. Michael Hutchinson stopped 21 shots for the Moose, who rebounded after dropping Saturday's game by a 3-2 score to the Sharks. Manitoba went 3 for 12 on the power play. San Jose went scoreless with the man advantage, going 0 for 4. Brandon Mashinter and Adam Helewka scored for the Sharks, who dropped to 15-12-2-0 on the season. Manitoba struck first on the power play. With John McCarthy off for tripping Michael Spacek stepped into a Sami Niku feed and blasted a slapshot past San Jose goaltender Antoine Bibeau at 4:24 of the first period. The goal was his 5th of the season. Chase De Leo made it 2-0 at the 11:17 mark when Michael Sgarbossa found him alone in front of the net and hit him with a pass from behind the net. Brandon Mashinter got the Sharks on the board at 8:20, firing a low shot that beat Moose goaltender Michael Hutchinson appeared to dislodge the net when he slid across to crease to stop the shot. The goal was allowed to stand after a video review. The tally was his 6th of the season. Adam Helewka tied the contest 10:35 into the second period when Gus Young found him all alone in the slot from the left side boards. Young hit him with a crisp pass before Helewka moved in and snapped a low shot past Hutchinson to make it 2-2. Chase De Leo restored the Moose lead on the power play with 6:33 remaining in the second period. With Cavan Fitzgerald off for interference, Buddy Robinson hit De Leo with a cross zone pass which he promptly one timed past Bibeau, beating the San Jose goaltender between the pads to make it 3-2. The goal was his 8th of the season. Buddy Robinson made it 4-2 early in the third period, tipping a Peter Stoykewych shot from the point past Bibeau at the 32 second mark. The goal was his 13th of the season. With the Moose on the power play Nic Petan scored Manitoba's 5th goal, one timing a Michael Spacek feed past Bibeau, beating the San Jose netminder with a high shot with 6:32 remaining in regulation to give Manitoba a 5-2 lead. The goal was his 7th of the season. SHOTS-SAN JOSE 23 MANITOBA 38 ATTENDANCE-9866
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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.