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

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WINNIPEG - Forward Jason Jaffray fired a pair of power-play 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 Saturday night.

James Neal also scored for Manitoba. Boyd Devereaux and Kyle Rogers, with his first-ever AHL goal, replied for the Marlies.

Netminder Cory Schneider registered his ninth consecutive win while facing 35 shots. Toronto's Justin Pogge saw 30.

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.

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.

Manitoba leads the North Division with 24 points (12-3-0-0). Toronto remains in sixth with a record of (4-7-0-2)

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