Moose 5 IceHogs 2
Claude Noel brings his team home with a 2-0 record and sets the table for a big weekend at the MTS Centre. The Moose will play their home opener Friday night against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Put a quarter in them and watch them score. The Moose are like an old fashioned arcade game -- lots of bells and whistles and they were all making noise on this afternoon. Jonas Anderssson, Kevin Connaughton Lee Sweatt, Sergei Shirokov and Victor Ore each scored and newcomer Eddie Lack stood tall in net -- he's 6-foot-5 for the record -- to give the Moose their second win in as many tries.
Veteran Moose winger Jonas Andersson can fly and finish. His game-opening goal on Saturday saw him fly up the middle of the ice and take a pass from Sergei Shirokov just on the offensive side of the red-line. The big Swede took the pass in flight and blew past the Rockford defenders to take a shot on Hannu Toivonen. The goalie stopped the first shot but Andersson was so far ahead of the tangled blue-liners that he had time to corral his own rebound and flip it into the net.
Family connections, etc.
IceHogs video coach Chris Noel is the son of Moose bench boss Claude Noel... Former Moose Wade Brookbank plays the blue-line with the IceHogs as does Manitoban and former Toronto Maple Leafs veteran Garnet Exleby... The IceHogs PR department has a section in their game notes labelled "Bacon Bits." Cute. We saw a fan wearing a Hogs jersey with the name Spam on the back. Cuter. Rockford is just 90 minutes northwest of Chicago and the Hogs are the primary affiliate of the Blackhawks. They'll have the Stanley Cup in the building today.
-- Gary Lawless