Jaffray busts loose

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Truth be told, nobody saw this coming.

The Manitoba Moose fell behind on two occasions, then scored the final five goals of the game -- including a pair while short-handed -- to roll to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Wolves before a crowd of 3,729 at Allstate Arena in American Hockey League action last night.

With the win, the Moose improve to 3-4-1 and for the moment, put to rest the constant concerns about where the goals are going to come from.

"We were getting sick of the questions. We've got a lot of offence on this team and it's going to come," said Moose forward Jason Jaffray, who had a four-goal outburst to lead the offensive charge. "I don't know, it seemed the last few games I was getting lots of opportunities and nothing was going in. Tonight, I could have shot right-handed and it probably would have gone in. When it's going good, it's going good and hopefully, it sticks around for a few more games."

Jaffray's linemates, Lee Goren and Jannik Hansen, had three assists each.

The Wolves scored on their first three power-play chances and bent the twine four times on 12 shots (including one that went in off the skate of Moose defenceman Joe Rullier), then found that veteran goalie Wade Flaherty was impenetrable after that.

Flaherty made a couple highlight-reel saves to keep the Moose in the game, then watched his teammates pick up the slack.

After Mike Brown buried a rebound at 5:15 of the third, Jaffray scored his third of the contest just over two minutes later to even the game for the second time.

That's when captain Mike Keane stepped to the forefront.

With the Moose killing their eighth minor of the night, Keane stole the puck from defenceman Jimmy Sharrow in the offensive zone, cut to the middle and whistled a shot over the glove of Michael Garnett.

"He stumbled and I cut off the pass," said Keane, who added an empty-netter with .4 seconds left. "I made a move and there was a little room up top."


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