By Scott Taylor/Photo by James Carey Lauder
Brenden Kichton scored an unassisted goal in overtime and with the season winding down, it appears as if the Manitoba Moose are going out in style.
Friday night in front of 5,271 of the faithful at MTS Centre, Dan DeSalvo scored twice while Jack Roslovic had a pair of assists as the Moose beat the Tucson Roadrunners 5-4.
With the win, the Moose improved to 27-36-5-5 and barring a collapse down the stretch, should finish out of last place in the American Hockey League’s Central Division. The Moose have picked up five of a possible six points in their last three games and are now 4-4-1-1 in their last 10.
The Moose built an early 2-0 lead as Chase De Leo scored from Roslovic and Scott Kosmachuk at 3:57 and then, just 50 seconds later, DeSalvo scored his first of the night from Elgin Pearce and Manitoba had a two-goal lead.
But that didn’t last long. Jamie McBain scored a power play goal at 7:40 and ten Chris Mueller scored even-strength for Tucson and the game was tied.
However, defenseman Kevin Czuczman scored his ninth of the year, a power-play goals at the 15 minute mark as the Jets took a 3-2 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes. Roslovic and Michael Spacek drew the assists.
Manitoba took a 4-2 lead at the 8:43 mark of the second period when DeSalvo scored his second of the night and 18th of the season at 8:43 as JC Lipon and Jansen Harkins drew the helpers, but Tucson came back once again.
Mueller scored his second of the night at 12:46 of the second and then Joe Whitney scored his 14th of the year on the power play at 18:19 of the third to send the game to overtime.
That, however, set up Kichton’s heroics in the extra frame. It was the defensemen’s first goal of the season.
“I think I was up to 90 shots on the year without a goal,” said Kichton. “Obviously it feels good, it feels good to get the win. It’s just timely that the monkey’s off the back.”
The Roadrunners outshot the Moose 27-23. Jamie Phillips made 23 saves to get the win for Manitoba. The Moose went one-for-two on the power-play while the Roadrunners were one-for-two. DeSalvo was the game’s second star while Kichton was No. 3. Mueller had two goals and two assists for Tucson and was the game’s first star.
The Moose and Roadrunners go at it again on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. It will be the final Moose home game of the season.
THE NOTEBOOK: Michael Spacek and Elgin Pearce each registered their first AHL assist and point… Dan DeSalvo notched his fourth multi-goal game of the season… Jansen Harkins picked up his first assist of the season.