Moose too much like Jets

Fre­quent trips to the sin bin seal herd’s fate

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - MOOSEREPORT -

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.”

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JOHN WOODS / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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.

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