The Minnesota Moose were in action last weekend and hosted a two game series with the Dells Ducks. There was more on the line than just 4 points. With a sweep, the Moose would win the Midwest West division and clinch the number one seed in the upcoming playoffs.
On Friday night the Moose faced off with the Ducks and would face goalie Corbin Moore. The Moose countered with a Moore of their own in Bronson Moore. The Ducks began the weekend with a record of 15-19-3 and chasing the Ironwood Yoopers for the sixth spot in the standings. A power play goal just five minutes in from Matt Krasny started the scoring for the Moose. Krasny was able to add another goal with under three minutes left in the first period off a rebound to give the Moose a 2-0 lead. Things were quiet scoring wise until Willmar native Nate Ackerman scored on another power play. His 12th goal of the season gave his team a 3-0 lead going into the third period. Jacob Harding got the scoring going early in the third period with a short handed breakaway, in which he put in his own rebound. The Moose also got a goal from Matteo Menotti in a four on four situation to give the Moose a commanding 5-0 lead. Menotti did again, his 21st of the season, on the power play to wrap up the scoring. The Moose cashed in on three of nine power play chances. The game had 22 penalties in all. Bronson Moore was almost lost in the shuffle of the goals and penalties, but did get the win to remain undefeated as a Moose goalie. Bronson managed to get his first shutout with the Moose, stopping all 26 shots he saw. Corbin Moore stopped 60 of 66 shots in a terrific showing.
The Moose needed a win on Saturday night to clinch the division and turned to goalie Jacob Fry to get it. The Ducks changed it up as well and went with Zander Zafiro. The Moose dominated the first period, but could only get one goal. Matt krasny was able to score on a three on two rush for his third goal on the weekend. The Moose outshot the Ducks 19-3 in the first period. It seemed like the Ducks woke up a bit and even got a penalty shot with less than six minutes left in the second period. Fry made the stop and kept the Moose in front, 1-0. Jake Peterson took over from there, getting his 4th and 5th goals of the season before the end of the period, both on the power play. The Moose added three more goals in the third period, putting in rebounds goals from Jake Casto and Dylan Gast and wrister from Phillip De Saava. The score was duplicated as the Moose win 6-0 again and get the weekend sweep. Jacob Fry stopped all 17 shots for his 4th shutout and 11th win of the season. Zafiro stopped 48 of 54 shots in the loss.
The Moose now head to the upper peninsula of Michigan to meet the Yoopers for a Saturday/Sunday weekend series. Saturday is a 4pm start and Sunday is a noon start.
The Moose are back home on February 16th for the final regular season game of the year when they face the Hudson Havoc for Ladies Night.
See you then!