Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Jason King Named Player of the Week

Jason King was named AHL player of the week. King had 7 goals and 2 assists in only 4 games. Here is a story on Jason King from the Winnipeg Free Press.

Other news

The AHL voted to expand the roster size from 17 skaters, to 18. The Moose voted against the roster expansions because the number of veterans allowed to dress was not increased. The AHL could be doing a lot more to capitalize on the lockout, allowing more veterans would have been a good decision IMO.

The game recap from Saturday's victory over Cleveland is now available.

The Canuck's 2004 first round pick Cory Schneider, won his first career start for Boston College.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Moose Weekend Roundup

The Moose had three games over the weekend, managing to win the first two before dropping the third on Sunday afternoon. The Moose(3-1) now sit in first place in North Division, 1 point ahead of the Hamilton Bulldogs(2-0-1).

Friday at Rochester Americans

Manitoba defeated Rochester 7-2, scoring 5 goals in the second period. Forward Lee Goren led the way with a hat-trick and an assist. Ryan Kesler had 3 points(1g,2a), while Kiril Koltsov also picked up a goal and 2 assists. Wade Flaherty got the win.

Game Recap from Moosehockey

Saturday at Cleveland Barons

Manitoba picked up their third victory of the season defeating Cleveland 6-4. This time it was Jason King leading the way with a hat-trick, Peter Sarno added 3 assists, while Nolan Baumgarter added a goal and an assist with 7 shots on goal. Alex Auld stopped 22 of 26 shots for his first win of the season.

There is no recap for this one but here is the game sheet.

Sunday at Hamilton

Despite outshooting Hamilton 36-29, the Moose dropped their fist game of the season, losing 4-3. Wade Flaherty picked up the loss, while Jason King had a goal and an assist. King now leads the AHL in scoring.

Game Recap from Moosehockey

Next up for Manitoba is their home opener Friday night against the Edmonton Road Runners. The first televised Moose game will be on Sunday October 31st.

Finally here is a story on Moose defenseman Jonathan Aiken. Aitken was picked 8th overall in 1996 by the Boston Bruins, he signed with the Canucks in the off-season.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Manitoba Moose Win Opener

The Manitoba Moose defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6-3 Wednesday night. Wade Flaherty stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief of Alex Auld, who allowed 3 goals on 4 shots. Moose veteran Jimmy Roy had a pair of goals, including the game winner, along with an assist. Jason King also had 2 goals and an assist, Peter Sarno picked up 1 goal and 1 assist while Ryan Kesler also picked up a goal.

The Canucks first round pick from the 2000 draft, Nathan Smith, was injured in the 3rd period and did not return.

The Moose are now off to Rochester where they will play the first of 3 games in 3 nights, Friday through Sunday.

Recaps from

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Moose re-assign McVicar

The Manitoba Moose have re-assigned goaltender Rob McVicar to the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL.

Not surprising. With Alex Auld returning to Manitoba because of the lockout, and with the signing of veteran Wade Flaherty there was simply no room for McVicar.

In his first year as a professional McVicar had a good year, splitting time between Columbia(17gp 10-4-2 2.67gaa .898sv%) and Manitoba(10gp 4-3-2 2.67gaa .905sv%).

The former Brandon Wheat King was Vancouver’s fifth choice, 151st overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

11 Moose Games on Sportsnet

Rogers Sportsnet will air 24 AHL hockey games this season, 11 featuring the Manitoba Moose. The action starts October 31st, with the Manitoba Moose visiting the Hamilton Bulldogs. Also of note, on November 17th the first game at the brand-new MTS Centre in Winnipeg will be televised.

Press Release and Full Schedule

Am I the only one a little disappointed with the number of games? With the NHL lockout, I was hoping for at least 20 Moose games. It's not like Sportsnet has anything else to show during the winter. This seems like a missed opportunity for both the American Hockey League and Sportsnet. Oh well, 11 will have to do.

Other Moose Notes:

The Winnipeg Free Press has an article on Vancouver's 4th round pick in the 1998 entry draft, Justin Morrison

The Moose season is set to get underway Wednesday when they visit Wilkes-Barre. Before then, they have two exhibition games Friday and Saturday. After the exhibition games team management will be making cuts.

And finally here is a story on Canucks goaltender consultant Ian Clark and his work with Alex Auld and Wade Flaherty.

Oh and when I get a chance, I will have something on TSN's proposed solution to the NHL lockout. In the meantime, check it out for yourselves.

Monday, October 04, 2004

The TSN Solution?

TSN is airing their 'solution' to the NHL's collective bargaining situation. TSN's proposed solution is "the general framework for a new economic system that could - or should - be the jumping-off point for earnest negotiations to save the 2004-05 NHL season."

It should be interesting to see what they come up with. It sounds like a lot of people, on both sides of the issue, were consulted. Anyway, the solution is set to air on Sportscentre today at 3pm pst, I would also expect it to be re-run on Sportscentre throughout the evening.

More Information

Manitoba Moose Training Camp Update

Today the Manitoba Moose re-assigned 11 players to the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. No notables were sent down.

The Moose also wrapped up their intra-squad games yesterday.

The team has the day off today, they will resume camp with a practice tommorow.