ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Manitoba Moose came back from an early four-goal deficit before falling 5-4 in a shootout to the Rochester Americans in AHL action Friday night.
The Moose forced overtime with four unanswered goals in the final two periods but failed to record a franchise-record 11th straight win as goalie Tyler Plante carried the Americans to the shootout victory.
The Amerks found the back of the net on their first man-advantage opportunity. With Mike Brown serving two minutes for roughing, rookie Jordan Henry beat Moose goalie Cory Schneider from the slot.
A minute later, the home team made it 2-0 when Tanner Glass positioned himself at the corner of the crease and got the puck past Schneider.
Drew Larman surprised Schneider with a quick shot from inside face-off circle, marking the first time the Moose surrendered three regulation goals since Feb. 27 against Hershey, 12 games ago.
Early in the third, Dylan Hunter scored his 19th goal of the season to make it 4-0.
But the four-goal lead was short-lived. Shaun Heshka one-timed a shot past Plante to get the Moose on the scoreboard, followed by a power-play goal by Brad Moran 23 seconds later, setting this season’s standard for the fastest two Moose goals.
Jannik Hansen pulled the Moose within one with another power-play marker before captain Mike Keane tied the game at 7:22 of the third period.
The Americans rode five straight saves from Plante and a lone goal from Larman for the shootout victory.
While the Moose failed to register an 11th straight victory, they extended their point streak to a club record-tying 13 games.