Jimmy Mac

Apr 252010

I’m going to make this short and sweet because this is it! As a fan every time I have seen Nycholat this year he has given up more goals than I can shake a goal stick at! To me losing him to the Canucks is better for the Moose as seen in the last game with a victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Having said that, let’s move on to tonight’s game 6 of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs…

In a nutshell here is how I see it:

Moose must play not the first 40 minutes but more important than anything, the last 10 minutes. This Bulldogs team loves the comeback. They are not only a strong team but a very potent team when they are down. If the Moose have a 2 goal lead, which is always the worst lead in hockey, then they better go for 3 and not sit back. Cory Schneider is a strong goalie but he cannot score goals. The Moose have done this before and they can do it again. Beat the DOGS!

Other factors that come to mind even though he was not picked as a star (still confused over that one), Desbiens who is a rock for this team has to keep his run and gun pace. In the stands we thought he was done for sure last game after crashing into the boards but came back to throw 2 more pucks into the net for the Moose victory. He is 200% heart!

Schroeder, Keane and Sexton all come off a 2 point night heading into game 5 and are starting to become the go-to-guys for the series.

The last thing I see from my vantage point is a weak Cedric Desjardins when it comes to the short side glove. 5 goals have come from that angle and when he lets a bad one in, he seems to let the next one in just as easy. Traffic as always will help keep him from seeing the puck and a must in tonight’s game 6! Good luck to the Manitoba Moose tonight!

That’s your quickie from the crease for now!

Until next time www.twitter.com/winnipegmac is where you can get the updates on the score!

Jimmy Mac

Apr 162010

There are games that you play in hockey that no matter what you do right the outcome doesn’t fall your way. That’s what happened last night for the Manitoba Moose in Game 1 vs the Hamilton Bulldogs. Cedric Desjardins decided that he would like a shutout for his first ever Calder Cup playoff game and he did just that in a 2-0 victory last night, stopping all 21 shots the Moose threw at him.

The Moose did pretty much what they needed to do against the powerful Bulldogs, including keeping them to 18 shots which is a great key to keeping those Dogs to a minimum of scoring opportunities. Second thing was a perfect 7-out-of-7 on the PK. They had some solid goaltending from Cory Schneider and the defense did a pretty good job keeping the Hamilton top line off the score sheet. A sneaky one-timer beat Schneider late in the third to seal the deal for the Bulldogs but it is only game one. As always in any playoff picture it comes down to goaltending and in order for the Manitoba Moose to get past this first round they will have to get in front and  “entertain” Cedric  little more than game one. If ya can’t see it, ya ain’t gonna stop it!

That’s your quickie from the crease for now. Until next time…

Jimmy Mac

[You can also follow Jimmy Mac on his Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/winnipegmac.]

Apr 102010

That’s pretty much the story of tonight’s game between the Manitoba Moose and the the Peoria Rivermen.

With a 3-2 victory tonight, the Moose grab 2 valuable points in the playoff picture. Actually it was Cory Schneider who swiped the the 2 points for Manitoba. Yan Stastny started it off in the first period throwing a puck short side shelf on the Peoria goaltender followed by a lucky break when Jordan Schoeder banked a shot off the D man Nate Guenin to give the Moose a 2-zip lead. The Rivermen paddled back for 2 goals but Mario Bliznak was able to poke one last hole in the boat boys hopes thanks to our Captain Mike Keane and his always never give up efforts to get the puck out to Bliznak. 

After that the goaltending of Cory Schneider took over. The second period ended with Peoria leading the shot count 26-18; the Rivermen then peppered another 18 on Schneider in the third period and ended the game with a crazy 44-23 shot advantage. In the final minutes of the game, Schneider threw out the left leg off a lightning faceoff shot, and with 1:56 left, his cobra-like glove shot up and all but took the wind from the Rivermen sails.

Game two goes tomorrow night here in the ‘Peg where the Moose look to take 4 points from the weekend! That’s your quickie from the crease from Winnipeg.

Until next time….

Jimmy Mac (twitter.com/winnipegmac)

Apr 082010

So here it is in a nutshell … As it stands now the Manitoba Moose will either play the Rochester Americans or the Hamilton Bulldogs depending on this weekend. If the Moose finish in third place – which is still possible – the Moose will play the second place Americans.

This weekend, we see the Peoria Rivermen, looking for a little revenge from earlier this year where the Moose lost both games of a two-game battle. Historically, the Moose have a pretty good home record against the St. Louis Blues affiliate; and two wins over them will help them pick up points and catch up to the Abbotsford Heat.

The Moose will continue to look to Marco Rosa and Sergei Shirokov for offense, and to Cory Schneider to add to his team record-breaking season. (Cory Schneider’s 33 wins is a franchise record, breaking his 28 wins from last season.) Hopefully Schneider shows some more great goaltending this weekend and in the second season no matter who the Moose take on in the first round!

One thing we’re looking forward to is the return of Cody Hodgson after his junior season in Brampton ended earlier this week. Would be nice to see him along side Jordan Schroeder who has given fans something to look forward to in such a short period of time. That’s your quickie from the crease for today!

Until next time, Go GREEN!

Jimmy Mac

Apr 072010

[Editor's note: With the Manitoba Moose starting its AHL playoff run, CHB would like to welcome Jimmy Mac to the blog as a Moose correspondent. He is a professional stand-up comedian who has travelled for over 19 years performing across our great continent. He also worked in television for 7 years as a host for a morning show, fill-in color for the Manitoba Moose broadcasts and current goaltender for the NHL/Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends Charity Hockey Team. Being a goaltender, his opinions are expressed from the "crease" point of view. Though he is not officially affiliated with the organization, he is a big fan of the Manitoba Moose and expresses all his opinions as a fan. You can also follow on Twitter (@winnipegmac). We hope you enjoy his posts.]

Jimmy Mac suiting up for the Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends Charity Hockey Team

Photo credit: Travis Golby

Yes I said MANITOBA! All of you Canucks fans who are wondering where all the new players are coming from that’s the place. The Manitoba Moose who are based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. For all of those people who have no idea where that is you should have paid more attention in school! Head west east from GM Place, and 5 hours after Saskatchewan, you will stop at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg where the Vancouver Canucks’ farm team plays.

I have heard that there are a few people who would like to know more of what’s going on in the AHL with the new Abbotsford Heat franchise popping up so why not follow your FARM TEAM? I shall try to keep you posted as best as possible thru the second season this year when it comes to the MOOSE.

As it stands right now, the Moose are sitting in 4th place in the AHL North Division and would be playing the 1st place Hamilton Bulldogs in the first round of the Calder Cup Championship. Why should that be of interest? How about that a former Canucks goalie is in the way of Manitoba moving on – Curtis Sanford. Once cheered, Sanford is now the enemy and is the wall who loves to face us. We too have our own wall in the nets who has appeared a few times with the green, white and blue – #35 Cory Schneider, who sits with a .917 Save Percentage going into the quest for the Calder Cup. Cory carried the Moose all the way to the finals last year only to lose out to the powerful Hershey Bears. If the Moose are going to move on, Schneider will have to be LARGE between the pipes for Manitoba.

Until next time…

Jimmy Mac

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