Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Much more to Moose than Schneider

Teammates did help goalie out a bit in Game 5

  • Print

Away from the frothing Giant Center in Hershey and inside his own quiet, sane office, Manitoba Moose coach Scott Arniel gained a better grasp of Game 5 of this Calder Cup final.

His conclusion: Unbeknownst to some who would just settle for a superficial assessment, goalie Cory Schneider was not the only Moose player on the ice in Tuesday's 3-2 Moose win that extended this best-of-seven title series to tonight's sold-out Game 6 at the MTS Centre. Hershey still leads, 3-2.

"I said down in Hershey after the game that we stood around a little and that Cory saved our butt a little but I went back and watched the game today and actually the first five or six minutes we were real good and parts of that second period we were real good," Arniel told reporters on Thursday while his team was having optional ice time.

"That game and this series has gone in those swings where one team goes hard for three or four minutes and gets all the chances, then it goes the opposite way.

"Maybe they had more of the 60 minutes than we did but we outchanced them in the third 7-3. Maybe I was a little too critical but in saying that, it's all about the ebb and flow in the game and trying not to let, when you do get caught for a few minutes, that you don't let it stay on you."

Schneider made 31 saves but once Hershey's attempt at a game-ending push, as Schneider called it, brought a 0-0 score to the first intermission, things began to change.

"I'm a big believer in karma," said Moose centre Jason Krog, who had two points on Tuesday, including the late empty-netter that sealed that deal. "I think they did take it to us in the first period. They had their fans and all the momentum going into the game and at the same time I thought we were pretty good at getting into shot lanes and Schneids made the first saves and our D-men and forwards were clearing the puck so there were no second opportunities.

"And once we weathered that storm, relaxed and just got to playing, I thought that we played better for the second half of the game and deserved as much as them to win the game."

What bearing does all of that have on tonight's game?

Probably not much, other than to dispel the notion the Moose were undeserving in Hershey.

They expect to be better in their own rink and have been in these playoffs, 8-2 at home vs. 6-5 on the road.

More likely to be a factor tonight is special teams. There are bound to be more than the two power plays that were awarded Tuesday. How that's possible in a more brutal battle than Game 1, which featured 15 plus a penalty shot, only NHL director of officiating Steve Walkom knows for sure.

The Bears, after saying earlier in the series five-on-five was their strong suit, were not happy about their power play getting just one chance on Tuesday.

"I'd complain the exact same way, that there weren't power plays for us," Arniel said Thursday. "I know they have a dangerous power play but in the same sense, if you're going tit for tat and all the penalties that should have been called, in my opinion we'd have been on the plus side of them.

"There were some ugly things going on in that game and there should have been a lot more penalties called."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 

Calder Cup flash

Series: Hershey leads the Moose in the best-of-seven championship series 3-2.

Game 6: Tonight, MTS Centre, 7:30 p.m. (CJOB, winnipegfreepress.com, MTS-TV, Shaw)

Game 7: if necessary, Sunday, MTS Centre, 7:30 p.m. (CJOB, winnipegfreepress.com, MTS-TV, Shaw)

Tickets: Sorry, both games are sold out (15,003).

Records, already: The final sets a record tonight for most fans to watch an AHL series and a final. With a sellout of 15,003, series attendance will be 77,038. Even before tonight's game, the Moose were also guaranteed to be the playoff leaders in attendance. Tonight's loud crowd will make it more than 116,000 in MTS Centre in the post-season.

Ins, outs: Bears coach Bob Woods said after Game 5 that D Sami Lepisto, who hasn't played in the playoffs, is cleared for action. The Moose seem likely to use D Nathan McIver again after inserting him Tuesday for only his ninth start of the playoffs. C Cody Hodgson, who was a healthy scratch in Game 4 but scored a goal in Game 5, is a good bet to stay in.

-- Campbell

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 12, 2009 C4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Cheap summer weekends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • May 22, 2012 - 120522  - Westminster United Church photographed Tuesday May 22, 2012 .  John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
  • June 25, 2013 - 130625  -  A storm lit up Winnipeg Tuesday, June 25, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press - lightning

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should the city grant mosquito buffer zones for medical reasons only?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google