Last season, the Minnesota Moose put together an awesome inaugural season in the USPHL with a trip to the National Championship, where the team won its round robin division and reached the championship semis.
This season, the Moose have been good all season again, but the best is coming at the end as the Moose will carry a 13-game winning streak into the national tournament starting on March 9 at Essex Sports Center in Middleton, Mass., just outside of Boston.
The Moose have already played some of the teams it could possibly line up against next weekend. The results haven’t been great, but they were also early in the season.
At the Chicago Showcase in mid-October, the Moose came up short against the Metro Jets (3-1) and Charlotte Rush (5-0).
In its lone trip to the east coast in November, the Moose collected a 2-1 win against the Syracuse Stars in the first game of a 2-2 weekend.
The team is different in the second half and big part of the reason for the that is the play of Maximilian Haselbacher (‘99/Vienna, Austria). Haselbacher put together a 13-3 record with a .922 save percentage and 1.99 goals against average as he became the go-to guy.
In the postseason, Haselbacher has added three wins with a pair of shutouts and he has allowed just one shot of 70 to get past him.
Offensively, the Moose rely on all four lines to produce. Heading into the tournament, the Moose have collected at least a point from 17 players in four games – nine of them with four points or more.
Eli Kopish (‘00/West Bend, Wis.); James Frantz (‘99/New Carlisle, Ohio); Jack Hauswirth (’99 Arlington, Texas) and Jake Peterson (‘98/Oak Creek, Wis.) have five points apiece.