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Frequent trips to the sin bin seal herd’s fate
best ones to take, but they took some bad ones, too. We’ve got to capitalize.”
Hellebuyck felt there was goaltender interference on the eventual winner, with a Checkers stick jammed between his pads and stopping him from getting over to stop the Ryan shot. But the Moose also had their chances — Patrice Cormier and Austen Brassard had shots clang off the post — and had a glorious chance to tie it in the final few seconds. But Checkers netminder Daniel Altshuller, who was iffy in relief in Saturday’s loss, was solid from start to finish Sunday.
The Moose entered the game having won five of their last eight and with points in seven of their last nine. Earlier in the season it was essentially Hellebuyck or Eric Comrie vs. the world, but the transformation with the Moose has been obvious of late. Even with Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser being shipped out in the Andrew Ladd trade, there has been obvious growth throughout the lineup.
“I think we’re a lot better,” said Hellebuyck, who was called up to the Jets Nov. 22 and returned Feb. 12. “You can see that in every single guy. I look at guys like Josh Morrissey and Jan Kostalek and I see their improvement. Peter Stoykewych... I can go down the list and find improvement in every guy’s game.
“This year was a young year for us, but they’ve gotten a lot better. I think we can contend.”
Any move the Jets make in advance of the trade deadline ultimately impacts the Moose. The Ladd deal sent two Moose players to Chicago and if there are more to follow today, it will mean more change. But that’s also life at the AHL level and McCambridge has learned over the years not to sweat the stuff he can’t control.
“There’s no nerves on my side,” said the Moose boss when asked if he was nervous on the eve of the deadline. “Management has a real good pulse of what’s going on and what they need and what they’re comfortable with, so we’ll see what decisions they make.”
Manitoba Moose for ward Nic Petan gets in the face of Charlotte Checkers goaltender Daniel Altshuller while Keegan Lowe defends at the MTS Centre Sunday afternoon.