Moose drop Marlies, take 3-2 series lead back home


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.

Anton Stralman and Darryl Boyce lit the lamp for the Marlies, who held a 2-1 lead with 2:03 to play in the second period before Manitoba’s offense took over.