MANITOBA 5, TORONTO 2
Manitoba scored four unanswered goals – including three in the third period – to take control of its North Division semifinal with a 5-2 road win over Toronto in Game 5 on Thursday.
Guillaume Desbiens (pictured) was one of two players to post three points for the Moose, who took a 3-2 lead in the series. Manitoba will have two chances on home ice to advance to the second round, beginning with Game 6 at the MTS Centre on Saturday night.
Desbiens tallied a goal and two assists for the Moose, while Jason Krog scored his first two goals of the playoffs and added a helper. Desbiens and Krog both won the Calder Cup with Chicago last spring.
Jason Jaffray also scored twice in the victory, giving him a team-leading five goals (5-1-6) thus far in the playoffs.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider earned the victory with 38 saves on 40 shots, including 27 saves over the first 40 minutes alone.