Manitoba Moose drops Game 1 of first-round series at Milwaukee – Winnipeg

Although they doubled their opponent in shots, the Manitoba Moose came out on the losing end in Game 1 of their best-of-five series against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Milwaukee captain Cole Schneider scored the game-winning goal with just over 4 minutes left in the third and goaltender Devin Cooley made 40 saves as the Admirals beat the Moose 3-2 on Friday night.

The Moose put up 42 shots on net, but only managed to crack Cooley twice.

Moose defenseman Declan Chisholm, who had a goal and an assist, called the loss frustrating but said they need to move on.

“We just have to turn the page and look to the next game,” Chisholm said. “We dominated them all game and hammered them with shots all game. If we put in that effort every night, I think the show will go our way.

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The first goal of the game didn’t come until 15:39 of the second period, when Milwaukee’s Brayden Burke beat Moose goaltender Mikhail Berdin.

The Moose responded just over 90 seconds later when CJ Suess deflected a Chisholm shot past Cooley to tie the score at 1.

But Manitoba gave up a crushing goal with just a second left midway through the period, as Matt Donovan scored on the power play to give the Admirals a 2-1 lead.

The Moose responded just 46 seconds into the third period as Chisholm fired the puck on a Cole Maier faceoff winner to even things up at two. But Schneider’s goal with 4:07 left in the third would be the difference for Milwaukee.

Moose coach Mark Morrison says his team’s effort has been outstanding, but says there are a few things to clean up.

“I’m not sure we had enough traffic in front of (Cooley). I think he’s seen too many of those shots and that’s something we’re going to get stronger at,” Morrison said. “It’s playoff hockey, passing the pucks.

Berdin made 18 saves in net for the Moose.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Milwaukee with the puck dropping just after 6 p.m. The series then moves to Winnipeg for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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Chisholm expects his club to bounce back.

“Nothing bothers us here, there will be adversity in every series and every game, you just have to get through it and keep looking forward.”

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