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Jason Jaffray scores hat trick as Moose beat Marlies 4-2

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WINNIPEG - Scott Arniel didn't think his Manitoba Moose were playing well enough to compete with the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night.

A little power-play magic from Jason Jaffray changed Arniel's mind in a hurry.

Jaffray scored a pair of man-advantage goals 22 seconds apart late in the second period and added another into an empty net to lift the Manitoba Moose to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies in American Hockey League action.

"Those were two huge goals," Arniel said of Jaffray's power-play contributions. "They (made) our whole bench alive tonight. I didn't think we were good enough tonight up to that point."

James Neal also scored for Manitoba (12-3-0-0). Boyd Devereaux and Kyle Rogers, with his first-ever AHL goal, replied for the Marlies (4-7-0-2).

Netminder Cory Schneider registered his ninth consecutive win while facing 35 shots.

Toronto's Justin Pogge made 26 saves in defeat, and blamed a lack of discipline for the loss.

"It's tough when you play well like that and face bad penalties that hurt you," said Pogge. "It's like shooting yourself in the foot. Manitoba has a lot of scorers and you can't do that. We have to show more discipline."

The win gives Manitoba a two-game sweep over Toronto which lost the opener 2-1 Friday.

The Marlies controlled play in the opening period, outshooting the Moose 17-9 and went into the second period with a 1-0 lead after Devereaux scored on a backhander during a scramble in front of the Moose net at 16:54.

The Moose penalty killing unit, third best in the AHL, held the Marlies at bay midway through the first when Toronto had a five-on-three man advantage for one minute 45 seconds.

Arniel gave his penalty killers a pat on the back for their work in the second period.

"That was huge," said Arniel. "We gave up one on the power play last night and the guys were mad. Tonight we gave Toronto limited opportunities when we got after them early."

Manitoba tied the game early in the second after Neal redirected defenceman Jimmy Sharrow's drive past a sprawling Pogge. It was Neal's fourth goal in five games.

Toronto regained the lead at 9:52 when Moose forward Jason Krog slapped at the puck and it dropped in front of the crease where Rogers whacked it into the net.

The Moose later struck for a pair of power-play goals by Jaffray at 18:38 and 19:00 of the second period to stake Manitoba to a 3-2 lead going into the third period. Jaffray added an empty netter with five seconds remaining in the game.

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