Open season on Moose

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

CLEVELAND -- The Manitoba Moose don't want losing in a shootout to become a habit, but they had far more pressing concerns regarding their play last night.

The Moose got a solid effort from their special teams, but didn't do much else well as they lost a 3-2 shootout decision to the Cleveland Barons last night before a crowd of 2,631 at Gund Arena.

"We got the early goal and thought it was going to be an easy night," said Moose forward Josh Green, who notched the only shootout marker for the visitors. "It's one thing we've got to learn. When we get up, we've got to get that killer instinct and keep putting the pressure on. We're more disappointed in our play than we are losing in a shootout."

Moose head coach Randy Carlyle was glad his club was able to erase a third period deficit and earn a point for the sixth consecutive game, but felt a lack of discipline contributed to the final outcome.

"We shouldn't be taking nine penalties, specifically on the road, you can't continually give teams opportunities on the power play," said Carlyle, whose penalty killing unit was 8-for-9 in the game. "It wore some people down and consequently ... we took the attitude that maybe it was going to be an easier night than what our opposition had planned for us. I feel we let a point slip away, but we would have been fortunate to get another point."

The Moose, now 8-4-0-2 this season, continue their three-game road trip tonight in Cincinnati against the 5-5 Mighty Ducks.

Rookie blue-liner Kevin Bieksa notched his first professional goal at 4:18 of the opening period to get the Moose on the board.

Bieksa's long-range shot from the point made its way through traffic during a power play.

Cleveland answered back with a power play marker of their own from Tomas Plihal at 14:06 and took the lead on a Grant Stevenson rebound at 17:39 of the first.

Following a scoreless second, the Moose power play, which finished the night 2-for-3, got a goal from Jason King (his league-leading 13th) at 2:59 of the third to force overtime.

"We're glad to get a point out of it but we're disappointed in the way we played," said King. "We weren't playing our best after we scored, I don't know what it was. We showed character coming back to get a point but we would have liked two."

Patrick Rissmiller and Ryane Clowe, with the decisive goal, scored for Cleveland in the shootout.

There was a scary moment for the Moose early in the third period when Barons forward Riley Armstrong collided with Moose goalie Alex Auld and knocked his mask off.

Auld lay on the ice for several minutes but was able to finish the game.


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