Jason Jaffray scored four times and Manitoba finished the game with five unanswered goals to earn a 7-4 win over Chicago at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.
Jaffray’s first career AHL hat trick sent the Moose to their second win in six road games this season. The Wolves fell to 0-3-0-0 on home ice.
After Chicago raced out to a 2-0 lead, Jaffray struck for two goals in 26 seconds to single-handedly tie the score. Rookie defenseman Nathan Oystrick then found the net twice to put Chicago back in front 4-2 at the second intermission, but Manitoba rallied for five goals in the third period.
Jaffray’s third goal tied the score at 4-4, and Mike Keane potted the go-ahead shorthanded goal with 7:03 left in regulation. Jaffray, who was also a plus-5 on the night, would get a shorthanded goal of his own to complete the first four-goal game by a Moose player since Brandon Reid‘s effort vs. San Antonio on Feb. 20, 2004. Linemates Jannik Hansen and Lee Goren recorded three assists apiece.
Darren Haydar scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season for the Wolves, and added an assist to move into a tie for the AHL scoring lead with 12 points.