TORONTO -- Scott Arniel couldn't have scripted it any better.
His goalie was sound, the special teams spectacular and the defensive zone coverage was impeccable.
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Add it up and the Manitoba Moose came away with a 5-2 win yesterday over the Toronto Marlies before a crowd of 3,650 at Ricoh Coliseum yesterday, giving Arniel his first American Hockey League victory as a head coach.
"It feels pretty good," said Arniel, who was given a game puck as a souvenir from veteran Mike Keane. "I'll find a spot for it (the puck). You know what, you talk about the team game. That was a real solid team effort, a complete game."
An injury forced his hand, but Arniel shuffled the deck and found a winning formula.
A newly constructed top trio of Brad Moran, Jesse Schultz and Jannik Hansen combined for three goals and seven points.
The Moose jumped out to a 3-0 lead on first period markers from Schultz, Hansen and Jason Jaffray.
Schultz got the Moose going 79 seconds into the contest, tapping home a feed from Moran, who had a goal and two assists and now has five points in three games to start the season.
Hansen got his first pro goal at 11:08 of the first period, slamming home a rebound from a sharp angle.
"It's always nice to get that out of the way," said Hansen, one of the last cuts from the camp of the parent Vancouver Canucks. "Of course, you get a little more comfortable after a couple of games. When you play with good players, it's easy to find a rhythm, no matter who you're playing with."
Jaffray buried a loose puck for a power-play goal after a blistering one-timer from Yannick Tremblay.
Moran and Jaffray added power-play goals for the Moose, who went 4-for-11 with the man advantage and were perfect while playing short-handed.
"It's always nice to be able to capitalize," said Hansen.
Drew MacIntyre was solid in goal, finishing with 30 saves to record his first win with the Moose.
The Marlies goals came from Robbie Earl and Erik Westrum.
Jaffray's second power play goal of the contest rounded out the scoring.
NOTES: Moose C Tyler Beechey was back in yesterday and went up against his former team. Beechey, who was kept off the scoresheet, had 13 goals and 31 points in 47 games with the Marlies last season.
- The skinny: Thanks to four power-play goals and a perfect effort by the penalty killers, the Moose got their first victory of the season and improved to 1-1-1-0.
- The turning point: Holding a 3-1 edge, the Moose survived a five-minute major and then got a redirection goal from Brad Moran late in the second period to extend the lead.
- The highlight reel: The Moose spoiled the pro debut of Maple Leafs prospect Justin Pogge, but the man who led Canada to a gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship made the save of the night. With Moran staring at an open cage, Pogge came across the crease quickly and got his paddle on the shot.
- The lineup: The injury bug bit the Moose again on Friday, forcing D Maxime Fortunus (hand) and RW Lee Goren (knee) to the sidelines. Both are listed as day-to-day, though Goren won't be back until next Friday's home opener.
- The schedule: The Moose bused to Rochester, N.Y. after the game and will face the Amerks today in the fourth and final game of the season-opening road trip.