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Calgary Wranglers recap: Shorthanded scoring not enough in Sunday overtime loss
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The Calgary Wranglers and the Manitoba Moose finished up their two-game series this week with a Sunday matinee game. The Wranglers had the upper hand in the weekend series and the season series but after this game, everything remained evened up. Calgary is now 2-0-2 against the Moose this season and fell in this game in overtime with a 4-3 decision.
Since their last game on Friday, there have been a few changes to this roster. Matt Coronato missed Friday’s game for an unknown reason but Saturday morning answered that question when Jacob Markstrom was put on the IR and Coronato was called up for the Flames. He played in the game against New Jersey but didn’t register any points.
To backfill this new vacancy, the Wranglers signed Keltie Jeri-Leon on a PTO. He did not play in this game, however. He has played with the Rapid City Rush this season registering 10 points in 20 games.
Game at a glance
Oscar Dansk got the nod between the pipes for his second straight start and the Moose switched things up on their end. Oskari Salminen was in for the visitors. This game started similarly to their Friday night match-up with not an explosive start but some opportunities for each side here and there.
The scoring started about halfway through the first when Brady Lyle was called for tripping and Dryden Hunt picked off a misplayed puck and converted on a shorthanded breakaway. His goal came at 10:41 and was unassisted.
The Moose got one back a couple of minutes later when Jeffrey Viel scored on Dansk on a scrambled rebound play. This goal was at 12:36 and was the only other goal in the opening frame. The first finished with a 1-1 tie and Calgary out-shooting Manitoba 10-6.
In the second period, things started civilly then blew up around the eight-minute mark. 26 minutes of penalties were dealt to both sides that were mostly attributed to a fight between Mitch McLain and Tyrel Bauer. William Stromgren put up a hit along the boards and then was cross-checked to the ice. McLain came to his defence as he did in their previous match-up against Manitoba.
Despite being shorthanded when it was all said and done, the Wranglers still managed to score another shorthanded goal 15 seconds later. Ben Jones got out on a partial breakaway and elevated the puck top corner. Dryden Hunt and Jonathan Aspirot assisted on Calgary’s second goal of the afternoon. That was an emotional one and their biggest “stick it to the Moose” moment of the game.
The Moose didn’t let this one go unanswered either and struck for their second time of the afternoon with a wrist shot at 15:33. The second period also finished evened up with a 2-2 score. Calgary still had the edge in shots in the middle frame with a 14-10 edge.
The third followed the same pattern as the previous two periods with the Wranglers striking first and the Moose answering back shortly after. Rory Kerins scored his fifth goal in three games at 10:19. Kerins got the puck right off the faceoff win and took a falling shot that found the back of the net. Cole Schwindt earned the assist on the third Wranglers goal of the game.
They would only get seconds to celebrate their lead when the Moose scored their third 13 seconds later. Kristian Reichel was the goal scorer with his second goal of the night. The Wranglers tried to push back shortly after but registered their last shot on goal at 13:15. The last six to seven minutes were mostly taken over by the efforts of the Moose.
This game would not be decided in regulation and finished up 3-3 at the end of 60 minutes. In overtime, the Wranglers had the first shot about a minute in but the Moose would score on their first shot of the extra frame at 1:17. Brad Lambert skated nearly the full length of the ice himself and walked right into the zone to score the game-winner.
Emilio Pettersen was the guy that was supposed to cover him and Lambert skated right around him to evade him. Pettersen showed his frustration at the end of the game by breaking his stick on the post.
The Wranglers fell 4-3 in overtime but picked up three of a possible four points on the weekend. Shots finished 30-27 for the home team. The only Calgary skater to make it on the three stars was Dryden Hunt. He earned the third star for his multi-point game.
Scoring stat summary
Cole Schwindt – 1A
Ben Jones – 1G
Dryden Hunt – 1G, 1A
Rory Kerins – 1G
Jonathan Aspirot – 1A
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Calgary will hit the road until after Christmas now with their next home game taking place on December 28th. Next week, they head to San Jose to play the Barracuda on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game starts at 8:00 p.m. MT and Saturday’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. MT.
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