Reid’s power-play goal at 4:46 of overtime earned the Manitoba Moose a 2-1 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs in AHL action Wednesday night. Reid, who will play for Canada in the Spengler Cup later this month, extended his goal-scoring streak to four games. “I’m playing with confidence,” Reid said. “I’m shooting the puck a lot and it’s going in. I hope that now I can bring the winning ways to Canada.” A fact not lost upon Moose head coach Scott Arniel.
“He (Reid) is streaky that way,” Arniel said. “When he is on a roll, he is tough to defend.
“Hopefully he can give us another present (in Thursday’s rematch with Hamilton) before he leaves (for Spengler Cup).”
Prestin Ryan had the other goal for Manitoba.
Kyle Chipchura replied for Hamilton.
Ryan opened the scoring at 8:13 of the second, getting credit for the goal after Hamilton defenceman Dan Jancevski, attempting to clear a loose puck, put it into his own net by mistake.
Chipchura tied the score at 8:56 of the third, corralling a Matt D’Agostini rebound in the crease and beating Manitoba goaltender Wade Flaherty.
Flaherty stopped 28 shots while Hamilton’s Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves.
“I thought that Manitoba did a much better job in the first half of the game as far as protecting the puck and making us play in our own end,” said Hamilton coach Don Lever. “We couldn’t play more physical because we couldn’t get the puck in the good areas.
“We also turned over the puck too many times. Our passing wasn’t very good and we just weren’t sharp. They played with a lot more urgency than we did. In the third we skated a little better, but ran into penalty trouble.”
Arniel gushed about the play of Moose defenceman Alex Edler, a Swede who played a season with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.
“Anytime you can get a player of that stature with his size and his mobility and his vision you just want to keep throwing him out there,” Arniel said. “Right from training camp to now he has been taking strides forward.”