Manitoba Moose drop Game 1 of first-round series to Milwaukee

Despite doubling their opponent in shots, the Manitoba Moose came out on the losing end in Game 1 of their first-round best-of-five series against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Milwaukee captain Cole Schneider scored the game-winner with just over 4 minutes to go in the third and goalie Devin Cooley made 40 saves as the Admirals beat the Moose 3-2 Friday night.

The Moose put 42 shots on net, but were only able to crack Cooley twice.

The game’s opening goal didn’t come until the 15:39 mark of the second period, when Milwaukee’s Brayden Burke beat Moose goalie Mikhail Berdin.

The Moose responded just over 90 seconds later, when C.J. Suess deflected a Declan Chisholm shot past Cooley to tie the score at 1.

But Manitoba would give up a back-breaking goal with just one second left in the middle frame, as Matt Donovan scored on the powerplay to give the Admirals a 2-1 lead.

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The Moose would respond just 46 seconds into the third as Chisholm fired the puck in off a faceoff win by Cole Maier to tie things at two. But Schneider’s goal with 4:07 left in the third would be the difference-maker for Milwaukee.

Berdin made 18 saves in net for the Moose.

Game 2 goes Saturday night in Milwaukee with the puck dropping just after 6 p.m. The series then moves to Winnipeg for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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