Cory looking comfy

ADAM WAZNY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Confidence was the first star in Cory Schneider's first NHL victory.

Schneider was rock-solid in Vancouver's 2-1 win at division rival Minnesota Friday night, making 16 saves to help the Canucks snap their four-game losing streak in his fourth NHL appearance.

The win gives the 22-year-old a 1-2 record with a 2.46 goals against average and a .901 save percentage, erasing any doubts on whether Schneider is a legitimate NHL goaltending prospect.

"I think he looked more comfortable doing the things he does," Manitoba Moose general manager Craig Heisinger said yesterday. "He was out at the top of the paint, he was moving quickly side-to-side, he looked real confident, no rebounds, his glove hand was good -- which can cause him some headaches at times. Cory looked real good."

As relaxed as Schneider (10-1 with a 1.37 GAA in Manitoba) is appearing with each Canucks outing, Heisinger is quick to add temperance to the expectations on Vancouver's 'goaltender of the future.'

"Let's be honest when we talk about Cory," Heisinger said. "He had a good end of the season (last year) and he's had a good start to the season. For him that only equals about four months. That's not a career-maker, but he's proven he's on the right path to anyone who doubted him."

The Moose wrap up a four-game road trip in San Antonio today (5 p.m.).

TRIPLE-A OK: Winger Nathan Suderman of the Pembina Valley Hawks and defenceman Rob Paulsen of the Winnipeg Wild were named the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League players of the month.

Suderman had seven goals and 14 assists in 12 games. Paulson posted a plus-12 rating in 10 games and chipped in with six assists.

RINGETTE: The National Ringette League's rankings are out and two Manitoba teams are in the Elite Eight.

Manitoba Jets come in at No. 7, followed by Prairie Fire. The clubs go head-to-head in an exhibition contest at MTS Centre on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) and a week from today at the East End Arena (6:15 p.m.).


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