As far as the Manitoba Moose are concerned, one good thumping deserves another.
On Saturday night, the Moose were beaten 8-2 by Hamilton, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven American Hockey League North Division playoff series. On Monday night, the Moose handed the Bulldogs a 7-2 thrashing as the series resumed in Winnipeg. Game 4 of the series is set for Wednesday (April 21).
Jordan Schroeder recorded a hat-trick to lead the Moose to the win.
The Moose opened the scoring for the first time in the series with a power-play goal at 12:04 of the first frame. Guillaume Desbiens collected the puck at the right side boards before passing to Schroeder, who beat goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Schroeder added a second power-play goal at 14:28. Yan Stastny’s shot on net was stopped by Desjardins but Schroeder flipped the rebound into the net.
Manitoba took a 3-0 lead at 2:02 of the second stanza. Peter Olvecky’s shot on net was deflected by Dan Sexton for the goal. Schroeder scored his hat-trick goal 41 seconds later.
Following this goal, Robert Mayer replaced Desjardins in net.
Hamilton scored its first goal of the game at 2:59 of the middle frame. Dany Masse won a faceoff at the right faceoff circle and sent the puck to Chad Anderson, who was positioned at the top of the right faceoff circle. Anderson ripped a shot on net that bounced off the back of a Moose defender and past goaltender Cory Schneider. The ‘Dogs cut the Moose’s lead in half at 8:51 with a power-play marker. David Desharnais sent a pass across the blue line to Andre Benoit, who wristed the puck on net. Ryan White tipped the shot, which beat Schneider over the blocker.
The Moose took a 5-2 lead at 3:58 of the final frame with a shorthanded tally. Ryan McGinnis chipped the puck to the centre of the ice, where Desbiens grabbed the puck and raced in alone on Mayer. Desbiens faked a forehand shot before going to his backhand and flipping the puck past the blocker of Mayer. Manitoba added a sixth goal at 14:51 when Stastny scored.
Macro Rosa added the Moose’s seventh goal at 16:38.
Hamilton outshot their hosts, 36-24 before 7, 546 fans.