by Ken Wiebe (The Winnipeg Sun)
“By making 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night at the MTS Centre, Cory Schneider moved past Wade Flaherty into sole possession of top spot for most [Manitoba Moose] wins in an American Hockey League season with 27.
“We’ve had such a great team all year and a lot of (the credit) goes to them,” Schneider said recently. “This is just a benchmark, but I see it as a team accomplishment, not just something for myself.”
All modesty aside, Schneider has been sensational during his sophomore pro season. In 36 games, Schneider has a record of 27-7-1 with five shutouts (one behind Flaherty for the most in a season), a 1.89 goals against average and .931 save percentage.
NOT WORRIED Although Schneider missed roughly seven weeks of the AHL campaign while on recall to the parent Vancouver Canucks, he’s not worried about what the numbers might have been had he been around all season long. “That’s true, but during that stretch I was up, we were missing a lot of guys and I could have lost some games there,” said Schneider. “It goes both ways. You’d like to think that if you’d been here all season, what you could have done would have been pretty impressive.”
Schneider is eager for another shot at the post-season after being knocked out in the first round by the Syracuse Crunch last spring.
Last week Moose head coach Scott Arniel told reporters he planned to keep both Schneider and Curtis Sanford sharp during the stretch drive.
With six games left, that should mean at least three more starts (and possibly 30 wins) for Schneider.”
Schneider leads the AHL in both the goals against average and save percentage categories. He is tied with Marc Denis with 5 shutouts.
Tuukka Rask has the most AHL wins with 31, and former ‘nuck and Moose player Drew MacIntyre (Milwaukee Admirals) is tied for second with Denis (Hamilton Bull Dogs) with 30 wins.