Manitoba Moose win again, but no closer to playoff berth

Mason Appleton broke a two-all tie with under four minutes left in regulation time to give the Manitoba Moose a much-needed two points.The Moose picked up a crucial 3-2 victory as they beat the division-leading Bakersfield Condors for the second day in a row.Charles-David Beaudoin and Logan Shaw scored the other markers for Manitoba.“They’re in first for a reason in their division,” Appleton said.Story continues below

“But we weathered the storm, and then from there, we started getting into our game. We had a couple good possession shifts in the second, and it was great win overall. We kept fighting, and didn’t give up.”READ MORE: Manitoba Moose beat division leading Condors to regain playoff positionThe Moose were badly outplayed in the opening period as they were outshot by the Condors 15-4, but it remained scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The Moose played shorthanded for almost half the period after Marko Dano was ejected for a hit on Ethan Bear. Dano received a five minute major for checking from behind, but the Moose managed to successfully kill the penalty off.The Moose turned the tables on the Condors in the middle frame. Manitoba outshot Bakersfield 14-6 in the second stanza to take a 2-1 lead to the third period.“We had a good push,” head coach Pascal Vincent said. “We created some scoring chances because we were touching the puck first after a chance. We were supporting the puck on the entries, and our forecheck was good. So the second period was extremely well played.”WATCH: Manitoba Moose Post Game Reaction