MANITOBA 3, SYRACUSE 1
Rookie Michael Grabner (pictured) tallied the game-winning goal and added an assist as Manitoba downed visiting Syracuse by a 3-1 final before 6,370 fans on Thursday at the MTS Centre.
Alexandre Bolduc also had a goal and a helper for the Moose, who ended a six-game losing skid and regained sole possession of second place in the North Division race.
Syracuse’s Joakim Lindstrom gave the Crunch the initial lead with a power play goal at 10:42.
Lindstrom extended his scoring streak to four games (3-3-6), and he now has three goals and five points in two games against Manitoba this season.
Moose winger Jason Jaffray responded just 58 seconds later with a power play tally of his own, and Grabner gave Manitoba the lead for good at 3:38 of the second period.
Bolduc provided insurance midway through the third stanza, notching his 10th goal of the season.
The teams will hit the MTS Centre ice for a rematch on Friday night.