The Minnesota Moose were in action this past weekend for a home and home series against the Steele County Blades. The Moose were looking to rebound after having their eight game winning streak snapped the previous Sunday.
The Moose had to turn to young goalie Jacob Fry for the weekend series with starter Kevin Hale unable to go. The series started with Friday's game in Blaine, Minnesota.A good crowd was on hand for the Black Friday affair. Nate Ackerman got the Moose on the board early with a nice wrist shot past Blades goalie Nick Mizen. Matt Krasny was able to get a second goal for the Moose later in the period off of a rebound, making it 2-0 after one period. Brendon Jones would register his third goal of the season, beating a very game Mizen. The Blades would finally get on the board with just one second left in the second period, giving them momentum for the upcoming final period. Phillip De Saava put to rest any hope the Blades would have for a comeback, as he scored twice in the third period to give the Moose a 5-1 win at home. Jacob Fry stopped 25 of 26 shots and improved his record to 7-1 on the season. The game was relatively clean, with only four penalties called on each team for the entire game.
Saturday night had the Moose traveling to Owatonna, to take on the Blades in Four Seasons Centre. The first period was quiet as Moose starter Jacob Fry and Blades starter Vinny Capezza did not allow a single goal. Things changed in the second period when Simeon Smith would get his first goal of the season. Gavin Proeh followed a little more than 10 minutes later with his first goal of the weekend and 12th on the season, giving the Moose a 2-0 lead. Steele County would answer just 16 seconds before the end of the second period with a goal from Kyle Wadden. The Moose opened the scoring in the third period with another goal from Simeon Smith. Steele County would stick around and keep the game close with the two teams trading off goals. With the score 4-3, the Moose would put the game away with a pair of empty net goals from Matt Krasny and Jake Casto, sealing a weekend sweep of the Blades with a 6-3 win. Fry stopped 19 of 22 shots for the win, improving his record to 8-1. Capezza stopped 32 of 34 shots in the loss.
The Moose now turn their attention to the Wisconsin Muskies and another home and home series. The Moose host on Friday night, December 1st. Be sure and come out to see the Moose, as they will not be home again until January 21st!