By Ken Wiebe
The Winnipeg Sun
Matt Pope went from the press box to the top line in less than 24 hours.
When Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel went to shake things up after a 2-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch on March 24, Pope found himself skating with Jason Krog and < a target=_blank href="http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&id=13050"> Jason Jaffray, who was the 2003 ECHL Rookie of the Year and two-time ECHL All-Star Game starter.
The trio found some nice chemistry during the past three games and the move paid immediate dividends as the Moose won all three.
“It’s been a rush,” said Pope, who had 30 goals and 63 points with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL and also appeared in four games with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL before signing a pro tryout offer with the Moose on March 17. “It’s been exciting and it’s hard trying to keep up with everything. I came here and didn’t know what to expect. I got brought in after the clear-day roster, so I didn’t know if I would be in or out (of the lineup).
“Luckily there has been some opportunities. I’ve had a chance to go in and so far, we’ve been clicking really well and seem to be getting a lot of chances.”