Moose blow another lead

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

On the plus side, the Moose will only see the Penguins one more time this season.

PENGUINS 4 MOOSE 3

Manitoba gave up three goals in the third period, the final one coming off the stick of Kyle Brodziak, as Wilkes-Barre beat the Moose 4-3 in front of 6,855 at MTS Centre last night.

The Moose, who held a 15-minute closed door meeting after the contest to discuss their underwhelming 3-5-1-1 record, are winless against the Penguins in three tries so far (0-1-1-1).

After Erik Christensen scored twice for Wilkes-Barre to tie the game in the third, Brodziak gave the visitors the lead at the 12:43 mark, banging home a rebound from a tough angle while the Pens were on the power play.

The Penguins (7-1-0) comeback ruined impressive games efforts from Moose forwards Lee Goren and Jason Jaffray.

Again.

"It's certainly frustrating, we put 40 good minutes through the first two periods, and we got them right where we want them," said Jaffray, who scored his seventh of the season last night. "I don't know, we hit the panic button or something."

FIRST GOAL

With the game knotted at one, Goren notched his first of the season in classic Lee fashion, gaining position on the Penguins defender at the top of the crease and redirecting a Jaffray pass from behind the net.

"It's been a few games, and you start to wonder if you're going to get another one," said Goren, who has eight points in six games.

That score gave the Moose the lead with 69 seconds left in the period. Manitoba added to their advantage with just a few tenths of a second left in the period when Jaffray whacked home a loose puck under Deslauriers.

Stephen Dixon also scored for the Penguins. Rick Rypien had the other marker for the Moose.

The slow start woes continue for Manitoba, who have surrendered the first goal of the game in five of their last six contests.

Drew MacIntyre, who took the place of flu-ridden Wade Flaherty, made 21 stops in the loss. Deslauriers stopped 23 shots for his fourth win this season.

The Moose don't play again until Friday, when they travel to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins.

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MOOSE TRACKS

PENGUINS 4 MOOSE 3

- SECOND ACT: Drew MacIntyre, who was in the Manitoba net on Thursday, was a surprise starter for the Moose last night, as veteran Wade Flaherty is battling a bit of a flu bug. MacIntyre looked okay despite finding out he was playing when he got the rink.

- PAYBACK: With the image of Ryan Stone skating by the bench, laughing when he scored Friday's shoot-out winner still fresh in Moose minds, Tyler Bouck exacted some revenge and pounded Stone in a fight just 2:03 into the game.

- MARKED MAN: Manitoba players weren't finished with Stone, either. Several players kept giving the former Brandon Wheat Kings forward a shot when the referee Bob Langdon's head was in the clouds.

- OFF TIME: The Moose next see action next weekend, when they head down the Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins Friday and Saturday.


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