The Wild have played two games last week. They hosted the Chicago Wolves last Friday and played in Rockford Saturday.
In the game against the Wolves, Tyler Graovac returned to the action after missing the past few weeks. Despite the Wild having a good period and outshooting the opponent, 0-0 was the score after one.
Jim McKenzie got a goal early in the second from newly acquired Curt Gogol. Blues prospect Sebastian Wannstrom tied the game at 1 with a fluke goal. That goal ended a 5 period shutout streak John Curry had. Mike Ullrich got pushed and fell awkwardly hitting the board. That didn't look good and he was being helped off the ice. Wolves captain Taylor Chorney scored a shorthanded goal to make it 2-1, but in his 700th professional game, Warren Peters tied the game at 2 with 10 seconds left.
In the third period, Adam Cracknell gave Chicago a 3-2 lead. Foucault tied the game with a PP goal from Zack Phillips and Brian Connelly. 3-3 was the score after 60 minutes. For the seventh consecutive game, an overtime was needed and the Wild collected at least a point for the tenth straight game. Justin Mercier scored the OT winner and his first Wild goal. Curry made 32 saves. Game highlights.
In Rockford, the IceHogs were all over the Wild scoring two goals and outshooting IA 19-13 after one period. It took less than three minutes for Pierre-Marc Bouchard to obtain his first point with the IceHogs.
In the second, Drew LeBlanc made it 3-0, but the Wild scored two quick goals to cut the IceHogs lead to one. Iowa's point leading Brian Connelly got the first one and Marc Hagel scored on a nice pass from Foucault on a two on one. Then, Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault got his second goal of the game, but Hagel scored his second one to make it 4-3. Rockford added 2 more goals before the end of the period. 6-3 RFD was the score after two.
John Curry was in net for the start of the third period. Johan Gustafsson allowed 6 goals on 32 shots. The goaltending change didn't seem to help the Wild though. Jeremy Morin got his second and third goal of the game completing the hat trick. Bouchard helped on the three Morin goals finishing the night with three assists. The Wild lost 8-3 in an insane game. With this loss, Iowa ended their point streak to ten games. Gustafsson made 26 saves while Curry realized 7 saves in one period. Game highlights.
Iowa will play 4 games in 6 days starting tomorrow in Milwaukee. Then, they'll host Rockford twice on Saturday and Sunday. They'll finally meet Drew Bagnall, Colton Gillies, Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson and the Rochester Americans next Wednesday.
Some news and notes:
-Last Friday: Curt Gogol made his Wild debut and Kris Foucault made a somewhat surprising return. He was expected to be out a little longer at first.
-Saturday: Erik Haula played his first game since being reassigned. He got two assists.
-Sunday: Tyler Murovich was released from his PTO and headed back to Orlando. He's had 1 point and 6 PIM in 14 games with Iowa.
-Trending positive. Mid-season report from Tom Witosky.
-Past darkness still tears at Iowa Wild's Jonathon Blum. Great and moving article by Tommy Birch.
-As of today, the Wild are 9th in the Western Conference with 49 points in 46 games. They're still 3 points away from a playoff spot.