The Manitoba Moose are done for the year, following last Monday's heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to the Hamilton Bulldogs in Triple-Overtime of Game 7. The Moose had managed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in Round 1 against the Lake Erie Monsters, and despite winning Game 6 on the road they couldn't duplicate the magic versus Hamilton as Winnipeg's own Dustin Boyd put one by Eddie Lack 6 seconds into the third overtime period. It was definitely a tough way to lose, but overall it was a pretty successful season for the Moose on a number of levels. Look for a season recap in the coming weeks.
Until then, though, the Moose and Canucks have managed to make some news. While most of the Moose roster are busy shining up their clubs and filling their golf bags with Titleist's, a few members of the club will have to wait before they can hit the links. Mike Gillis announced on Friday that 5 players have been recalled from Manitoba to add to the practice squad. The 5 "Black Aces" are goaltender Eddie Lack, defenseman Chris Tanev, and forwards Sergei Shirokov, Aaron Volpatti and Alex Bolduc. Let's have a look at these 5 players, plus a few players who didn't get the nod.
What a debut for rookie sensation Eddie Lack. "The Stork" was the regular season MVP for the team, was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team, and then decided to amp it up even further in the playoffs. The above stats are pretty impressive, but consider this: In the 5 elimination games that the Moose faced, Lack went 4-1 with a 0.976 save percentage, a 0.80 GAA and 2 shutouts. Talk about clutch. It is also impossible to hang the Game 7 loss on Lack either - he stopped 55 of 57 shots in the Triple-Overtime thriller. This kid is for real, and I think he could replace Cory Schneider as early as next year if in fact the Canucks decide to deal Cory.