BRYAN WILSON- 11.11.2022
Calgary makes it four in a row with a win in the ‘Peg.
The Wranglers hit the road east to Winnipeg to face a feisty Manitoba Moose team who were 6-2-1 heading into Friday night. Calgary entered action victorious in three-straight, looking to go above .500 for the first time this season.
Cole Schwindt was named the game’s first star, with two goals in the contest, both scored on the powerplay, while Jakob Pelletier had two assists and came close to scoring, ringing a shot off the post late in the game. His performance earned him a third star nod. Dustin Wolf stood tall between the pipes, making 24-saves for his sixth win of the season, backstopping the Wranglers to a 3-2 decision.
CGY Goal Scorers: Cole Schwindt (2), Walker Duehr
Wranglers’ special teams were a big factor in the tilt.
Calgary was shorthanded early in the first period; however, they would escape unscathed, ultimately going 2-for-2 on the penalty-kill in the game. Later, with a powerplay midway through the frame, Schwindt took a slick pass from Pelletier, allowing him to drive to the net and pop the puck over Moose goaltender Oskari Salminen. It was 1-0 at the break.
The Wranglers’ powerplay struck again in the second period. With an advantage to start the period, Josh Brook made a valiant effort to maintain possession in the zone. He swept the puck to Connor Zary, whose quick point shot tipped off Pelletier onto the stick of Schwindt, who swatted it past Salminen to extend the lead.
Wolf did his part, providing some timely saves, including a flashy glove grab to keep the two-goal lead intact through 40 minutes.
In the third period, Walker Duehr put on a dazzling display of skill, scoring a highlight reel goal, as he walked around a Moose defender, went to the backhand and slipped the puck through the legs of the goaltender to add to the Wranglers lead.
Calgary looked to be in cruise control, but not so fast …
Two minutes later, the Moose would answer back with multiple quick strikes. First, Jeff Malott lit the lamp, and then just 25-seconds later, Evan Polei found the back of the net with a shot through traffic to bring the Moose within a goal. However, the Wranglers blocked multiple shots in the late stages of the game, and Wolf did the rest to round it out.