Manitoba Moose bounce back to beat Texas Stars

Manitoba Moose forward Dan DeSalvo celebrates his third period goal with teammates on Sunday. True North Sports & Entertainment

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Moose bounced back from their worst loss of the season on Sunday.

After getting dismantled by the Texas Stars 6-1 only 24 hours earlier, the Moose responded with a 5-4 victory over the Stars at MTS Centre.

“I think it was a good answer from yesterday for sure.” said Moose forward Jack Roslovic. “That was pretty upsetting yesterday, but I think we got better today.”

The Moose scored three goals in the first period, including two in the opening five minutes, but needed two more goals in the third period to secure the win. The Stars battled back to tie the game on two separate occasions with Dan DeSalvo breaking a four all deadlock with just 1:23 left in regulation.

“I really liked the way we responded cause it was not an easy game.” said head coach Pascal Vincent. “We got the lead, and then we know they can score goals and they did. And they kept coming back and I liked our bench tonight. We stayed composed and did what we had to do.”

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DeSalvo scored two goals in the victory. He’s now tied for the the team lead with seven goals and he’s only appeared in 11 games this season. He only had five goals in his 17 games last season.

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“To be honest I’m not really sure what’s going on.” said DeSalvo. “But I’m not complaining. Hopefully it continues.”

WATCH: Highlights from the Manitoba Moose 5-4 victory over the Texas Stars

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HIGHLIGHTS: AHL Stars vs Moose – Dec. 4

Jack Roslovic had a goal and an assist while Patrice Cormier and Jimmy Lodge also found the back of the net. Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves but gave up a weak goal with less than four minutes remaining to allow the Stars to tie the game. The Moose powerplay finished the game 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

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Travis Morin scored twice in the loss for Texas. Matej Stransky and Dustin Stevenson also notched goals.

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The Moose were playing without defenceman Brenden Kichton who was serving the first game of a two game suspension for an illegal check to the head.

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The Moose four game homestand continues on Friday against the Cleveland Monsters.

WATCH: Moose Post Game Reaction

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Manitoba Moose Post Game Reaction – Dec. 4

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