JACKSON, Wyo. — The Moose waited until the very end to start playing the brand of hockey hometown fans know they are capable of, and salvaged a split with the New York St. Nicks.
For 100 minutes of hockey over the weekend, it was a recurring theme—Jackson played timidly and could not muster any kind of sustained offensive pressure. Rather, it was New York who had their way with an offensive zone cycle that had Jackson pinned in its own zone for minutes at a time.
Too often the Moose were ‘one and done’ with their attack. Shots were not screened or supported by rebounds. On the other hand, the St. Nicks were hard on the puck and won most of the puck battles. The ice was tilted in the Moose’s end for a majority of play both nights.
Friday’s 4-2 final went the way of New York. The Moose spotted the St. Nicks 2 goals in the opening frame and never could climb back into it.
Saturday was looking like a repeat only this time Moose goalie Nick Krauss kept his team in it even when they did not look sharp. He made 46 saves in facing 48 shots on the night.
The Moose again had trouble with New York’s speed through the neutral zone—something Carruth’s 1-3-1 trap was to have mitigated. New York’s attacking style had Jackson Hole skaters on their heels for most of the night.
Finally, though, the Moose broke through with a go-ahead goal in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. That got the fans involved and the building rocking. Jackson followed the tally with three more goals to make it a 5-2 win for the Moose as New York finally began to tire.
Jackson got goals from Alex Dewitz (2G), Brad Improta (1G, 2A), Tom Hartnett, and AJ Sanders.
The Moose record now stands at 11-5. They face the Stowe Slugs next this weekend.
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