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Thrilling Weekend for Jackson Hole Moose Hockey | A Resilient Victory and a Narrow Loss Against Phoenix

The Jackson Hole Moose experienced a weekend of intense matchups against their out-of-state rivals, the Phoenix Desert Dogs. On Friday, the Moose secured a hard-fought victory, while Saturday saw a reversal of fortunes with a narrow loss.

Friday Night’s Game

Moose Triumph in a Close Contest

The Moose showcased their resilience on Friday, rallying to clinch a 4-3 win. The game started off with the Moose taking an early lead in the first period, scoring twice. However, Phoenix fought back in the second period, overturning the Moose’s lead and setting up a nail-biting finish.

Key players for the Moose included Kristian Ophus, a defenseman who contributed significantly with one goal and three assists. Forward Ryan Glantz also made a notable impact, scoring once and assisting another goal. Goalie Nick Krauss played a crucial role, making 29 saves and conceding only three goals, ensuring the Moose stayed in contention throughout the game.

Saturday Night’s Game

A Heartbreaking Loss for the Moose

Saturday’s game saw the Moose facing an uphill battle after falling behind by two goals in the first period. Despite a valiant comeback attempt in the third period, where they scored three goals, it wasn’t enough to secure a win. Phoenix managed to maintain their lead, ending the game with a 4-3 victory.

The standout player for the Moose was Ryan Glantz, who again delivered a strong performance with a goal and an assist. Goalie Robbie Leslie, stepping in for this game, made an impressive 41 saves, but it was not enough to stave off Phoenix’s offensive pressure.

Analysis and Reflection

The weekend’s games highlighted the Moose’s fighting spirit and resilience, particularly in the face of adversity. Friday’s victory demonstrated their ability to bounce back and seize control of the game, while Saturday’s narrow loss underscored the need for a stronger start to the matches.

Coach Sean Hannifan‘s comments post-Saturday reflect on the weekend’s performance

“We showed great character on Friday, coming back to win. Saturday was tough; we can’t afford to give away early leads like that. But I’m proud of how the team rallied in the third period. We’ll learn from this and come back stronger.”

The Moose will be looking to build on these experiences as they continue their season next Friday and Saturday night at the Snow King Sports & Events Center, drawing on the positives from Friday’s win and the lessons learned from Saturday’s setback.


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Brian Upesleja2328108:00
Anthony Day22130:00
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