Moose drop four PPG on Griffins

A power surge at the MTS Centre allowed the Manitoba Moose to even up their North Division final series with a 5-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 4 on Thursday night.

The Moose scored four power-play goals on the night and cruised to the victory, rebounding from Tuesday’s overtime loss.

Alexandre Burrows had a goal and two assists and Kevin Bieksa recorded three assists for Manitoba.

Jozef Balej, playing for the first time since suffering a lacerated kidney in a game at Hamilton on Jan. 7, scored just 1:13 into the contest, and the Moose were on their way. Craig Darby made it 2-0 at the 8:31 mark, and Jason King gave Manitoba a 3-0 lead with two seconds remaining in the opening stanza.

The Moose, who ended an 0-for-24 power-play drought in Game 3, now have six goals in their last 16 chances with the man advantage.

Wade Flaherty made 18 saves in the victory for Manitoba. Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Drew MacIntyre early in the second period.

With the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2, Game 5 is scheduled for Saturday night in Winnipeg.