Series preview: Wrapping up the season series between the Calgary Wranglers and Manitoba Moose

Photo credit:David Moll/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
5 months ago
The Calgary Wranglers and Manitoba Moose are switching rinks this week to wrap up their season series. They have kept all their games this year within two goals with the exception of one larger spread back in December. Will slight roster changes for the Wranglers since their last meeting on Feb. 14 be the “X factor” this weekend? We will soon find out. 

Projected lineups

Emilio Pettersen – Ben Jones – Matt Coronato 
Adam Klapka – Cole Schwindt – Rory Kerins
Mitch McLain – Brett Sutter – William Stromgren
Lucas Ciona – Ilya Nikolaev – Alex Gallant
Ilya Solovyov – Jonathan Aspirot
Colton Poolman – Yan Kuznetsov
Sam Jardine – Brady Lyle
Dustin Wolf 
Oscar Dansk
Jeffrey Veil – Kristian Reichel – Parker Ford
Dominic Toninato – David Gustafsson – Nikita Chibrikov
Jeff Malott – Brad Lambert – Axel Jonsson-Fjallby
Wyatt Bongiovanni – Danny Zhilkin – C.J.Suess
Kyle Capobianco – Dawson Barteaux
Ville Heinola – Simon Lundmark 
Ashton Sautner – Dean Stewart

Collin Delia
Thomas Milic


Matt Coronato – 36GP, 14G, 23A
Ben Jones – 48GP, 15G, 16A
Emilio Pettersen – 48GP, 7G, 22A
Kyle Capobianco – 45GP, 7G, 28A
Nikita Chibrikov – 46GP, 14G, 19A
Brad Lambert – 41GP, 15G, 15A

Notes and expectations

It’ll be the third and fourth meeting between these two in a matter of about a week and a half. They last played on Feb. 13 & 14 in a series in which the Wranglers picked up three of a possible four points with a win and a shootout loss. Connor Murphy rose to the occasion between the pipes in Dustin Wolf’s absence due to a call-up. Murphy picked up his first AHL win and did it in front of a home crowd. 
They both played a series between their last meeting with the Moose taking on the Milwaukee Admirals, a team the Wranglers don’t overlap with on their schedule. The Moose dropped their last two games with a 4-0 and a 4-3 final score. The Wranglers on the other end, faced the Abbotsford Canucks in their last two games and split that series but still earned the three of four points. Their games ended in a 2-1 win and a 3-2 overtime loss. 
These games may also determine the season series winner as this pair of games will be the last two they play against each other in the regular season. The Wranglers currently have a 3-0-2-1 season record against the Moose and if they split this weekend, they’ll end in a tie this season. They tend to play pretty clean hockey against each other, so it would not come as a surprise if they finish the year evened up. 
This series kicks off on Friday night and continues for a back-to-back showdown on Saturday. Friday’s game gets started at 6:00 p.m. MT and Saturday’s game is an hour earlier for a 5:00 p.m. MT puck drop. You can catch both of these games on AHL.tv with Saturday’s game being offered as the free game of the week. FlamesNation contributors Mike Gould and I will also have updates on X (formerly Twitter).

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