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Moose Moment: Making A Push For The Playoffs

The Moose continued an 8 game homestand with a pair of games against the AHL leading Toronto Marlies at Bell MTS Place.  Starting the weekend out of first place for the first time since November 16, the Moose were looking to snap out of a 3-game home losing streak.

On Friday night, the two-game series opened, with the Moose looking to guarantee a season series victory after beating the Marlies both times in Toronto in December.  The Moose penalty kill struggled on the night, giving up 2 goals on 5 attempts to the Marlies, but it looked like the Moose were still going to get at least a point.  However, AHL veteran Chris Mueller scored with just 25 seconds left, handing the Moose a 3-2 loss.  The Moose got goals from Sami Niku (his 15th), and Brody Sutter (his 6th).  Michael Hutchinson took the loss, giving up 3 goals on 28 shots.

On Saturday night, the Moose looked to snap a four-game losing streak in the rematch with the Marlies.  An evenly played game would go back and forth, tied at 3 after 40 minutes, but the Marlies would pick up a powerplay goal and a shorthanded goal in the third period, handing the Moose a 5-4 loss.  CJ Suess, making his 3rd appearance for the Moose, scored his first professional goal in the loss.  The Moose also got goals from Mason Appleton (his 21tt), Darren Kramer (his 3rd), and Brody Sutter (his 7th).  Michael Hutchinson, making his 3rd consecutive start, gave up 5 goals on 36 shots in the loss.  Since rejoining the lineup, Hutchinson is now 0-3-0 with a 4.09 GAA and a .870 SV%.

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On Wednesday, the AHL announced the 2017-18 All Rookie Team, and both Mason Appleton and Sami Niku were named to the team.  On Thursday, Michael Hutchinson joined the two in being named to an AHL All-Star Team.  Niku and Appleton were named to the AHL First All-Star Team, while Hutchinson was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.  Appleton and Niku are the first pair of rookie teammates to be named to the First All-Star Team since 1988-89.  Appleton has set Moose rookie records in goals and assists, while Niku set a record for most points by a rookie defenseman in franchise history.  Hutchinson has a 15-5-4 record with a 2.21 GAA and a .933 SV%.

They Said It

“This is the end of a long stretch where we’ve played every second day and we were on the road for 16 days. Next week will be a good week to reset.”

Moose coach Pascal Vincent after the 5-4 loss to Toronto on Saturday

News and Notes

  • The Moose signed 2016 4th round pick Jacob Cederholm to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) on Thursday. Cederholm, 20, joins the Moose after capturing the Swedish SuperElit league championship with HV71 J20. Cederholm posted a pair of assists in six playoff games. The Helsingborg, SWE native appeared in 29 professional games this season with HV71, Vasterviks IK and IK Oskarshamn.

Standings

Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PT%
Chicago 70 38 21 7 4 87 .621
Manitoba 71 39 24 4 4 86 .606
Grand Rapids 71 39 24 1 7 86 .606
Rockford 71 38 25 4 4 84 .592
Milwaukee 71 37 29 4 1 79 .556
Iowa 71 30 26 9 6 75 .528
Cleveland 71 23 38 7 3 56 .394

As of April 5th, 2018

The Playoff Race

Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot: 3

Remaining Schedule

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CHI: 4/6 at IA, 4/7 vs MIL, 4/10 at MIL, 4/13 at RFD, 4/14 vs RFD, 4/15 vs MTB

MTB: 4/6 vs BAK, 4/8 vs BAK, 4/12 at CLE, 4/13 at CLE, 4/15 at CHI

GR: 4/6 at TUC, 4/7 at TUC, 4/11 at TEX, 4/12 at SA, 4/14 vs CLE

RFD: 4/6 at TEX, 4/7 at TEX, 4/10 at IA, 4/13 vs CHI, 4/14 at RFD

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MIL: 4/7 at CHI, 4/8 vs IA, 4/10 vs CHI, 4/13 at IA, 4/14 vs IA

IA: 4/6 vs CHI, 4/8 at MIL, 4/10 vs RFD, 4/13 vs MIL, 4/14 at MIL

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The Moose close their home schedule with games tonight and Sunday afternoon against the Bakersfield Condors, top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.  Both games can be heard on TSN 1290 or moosehockey.com