Hat trick + 1 leads to Moose win
Jason Jaffray scored four goals for the Manitoba Moose, fueling his team's 7-3 win over the Chicago Wolves on Monday.
Jaffray's rare feat -- only 10 American Hockey League players scored more than three goals in a game last season -- sent the Wolves to their third straight home loss this season.
The Wolves led the game 4-2 heading into the third period, powered by two goals by Nathan Oystrick when Mike Brown found the back of the Wolves net bringing the score to 4-3. Less than 2 Ã‚Â½ minutes later Jaffray had his hat trick and the game was tied. Then the Moose scored twice on penalty kills, first with Mike Keane, then again with Jaffray. Lights out for the Wolves as an empty net goal put the final touch on a disastrous night.
While the Wolves penalty killing unit is ending 89.8 percent of opponents chances, they are only connecting on 14.3 percent of the Power Play and the defense, at least on home ice, is disappointing. Michael Garnett, who was in goal tonight, was forced to defend the net too many times as shown by the two short handed goals as well as the lead loss.
The Wolves face former Calder Cup rival the Philadelphia Phantoms on Thursday at the Allstate.