Matt Pettinger is playing like a man with somewhere to go.
And if he keeps up his current pace, it won't likely take long for Pettinger to return to his happy place with the Vancouver Canucks or one of the other 29 NHL teams.
After scoring in his debut one night earlier, Pettinger provided two more goals to help propel the Manitoba Moose to a 4-1 victory over the Rochester Americans before a crowd of 5,955 at the MTS Centre last night.
"I'm here and I want to stay positive," said Pettinger. "I'm out there a lot, so obviously your chances go up. It feels good anytime the puck goes in the back of the net. It doesn't matter if it's in this league, the East Coast League, the NHL or Europe. Hopefully, it's a builder."
The Moose are now riding a modest, two-game winning streak after evening their record to 2-2.
Pettinger's first goal came on the power play and was the result of a pretty pass on the backdoor from Michel Ouellet.
The power play opportunity was a result of a hard body check delivered by Moose rookie Raymond Sawada.
Sawada barrelled into Americans captain Rory Fitzpatrick with 2:06 left in the second period and Rochester forward Michael Duco took exception to the clean hit and jumped Sawada.
Duco was given an instigator penalty along with the offsetting fighting majors and mandatory 10-minute misconduct and the Moose made the power play count.
Fitzpatrick left the game with either a shoulder injury or a concussion and did not return.
Pettinger's second goal of the contest came on a blistering shot after the puck caromed off a pair of Americans defenders and landed right on his stick in the slot.
Moose head coach Scott Arniel chose to ride the hot hand of goalie Cory Schneider and the move paid off.
Schneider wasn't exactly bombarded with chances against, but nonetheless he was steady between the pipes and picked up his second win in as many nights.
"I thought (Schneider) was real good (Friday) night and I wanted to keep him going," said Arniel. "This was his first chance to do that since last year. He was solid again."
Michael Grabner (with his first of the campaign) and Guillaume Desbiens (with his second in as many games) also scored for the Moose.
HOOF PRINTS: The Moose will host a free pancake breakfast this morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at Southdale Community Centre.