Moose open home slate with romp

Mike Brown recorded a goal and two assists to lead an offensive attack that saw 12 different skaters find the scoresheet as Manitoba posted a 6-1 win over Peoria in the Moose’s 2005-06 home opener at the MTS Centre.

Jozef Balej and Josh Green added a goal and an assist each for the Moose, while Wade Flaherty made 23 saves.

Brown gave Manitoba a 1-0 lead after the first period, and the Moose struck quickly in the second as Jesse Schultz scored just 49 seconds in. The lead was 4-0 before Troy Riddle scored for the Rivermen in the final minute of the middle frame.

Craig Darby and Nathan Smith also scored for Manitoba, which had begun the season with a five-game road trip. Now at 4-2-0-0, the Moose are tied for first in the North Division.

It was the second loss in six outings this year for the Rivermen, who had swept a two-game set from Manitoba at Carver Area two weeks ago.

Miroslav Kopriva made 29 saves, including five in overtime, then stopped four of six shootout attempts to give Houston a 4-3 win in Omaha.

Kurtis Foster‘s goal with 2:23 remaining in regulation tied the game for the Aeros, who extended their winning streak to four games with their second straight shootout victory over the Knights.

Petr Taticek and Erik Reitz also scored for Houston, and Erik Westrum added his league-leading ninth assist of the season.

Tomi Maki led Omaha with a goal and an assist.