DES MOINES, IA – It was an unfamiliar place for Ondrej Pavelec.
Making his first AHL start since 2010-11, he did everything he could to keep the Manitoba Moose in it but it wasn’t quite enough, as they dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the Iowa Wild.
Pavelec made 35 saves in the loss, including 17 in a third period barrage from the home team. He also stopped the first three shooters he faced in the shootout before Alex Tuch scored the winner.
Quinton Howden scored both markers for the Moose, who managed to get 35 shots on goal in what was a penalty-filled game. The Wild went 2/11 on the power play while the Moose struck out on eight chances with the man advantage.
The Moose now return to Winnipeg for their home opener against the Bakersfield Condors Tuesday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m.