The Wild have played three games last week. They hosted the Milwaukee Admirals last Friday, then they were in Chicago Saturday and back to Des Moines last night.
In the first period, Predators prospect Austin Watson opened the score with his 11th goal of the season. 1-0 MIL was the score after two periods. Another Preds prospect, Miikka Salomaki, gave the Admirals a 2-0 lead early in the third period. Carson McMillan responded for the Wild with his 10th goal of the season from Jonathon Blum and Jake Dowell.
Jim McKenzie tied the game at 2 with his first Wild goal. That goal was from Brian Connelly and Blum. Just like a couple of games lately, an overtime was needed. Admirals' Bryan Rodney scored the game winning goal. 3-2 MIL was the final score and Johan Gustafsson made 27 saves despite the OT loss. Game highlights.
In Chicago, Warren Peters got a shorthanded goal from McMillan on a turnover late in the first period. 1-0 IA was the score through two periods. In the third, Blues prospect Dmitrij Jaskin tied the game. Ty Rattie gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead late in that period, but Zack Phillips scored another clutch goal with about 20 seconds remaining to the game.
Guess what? Another overtime was needed. Rattie got the game winning goal and his second of the game. The Wild lost 3-2, but they extended their point streak to eight games. Gustafsson once again was in net and made 26 saves. Game highlights.
In the first ever matchup against Utica, McMillan accepted a perfect pass from Jon Landry and scored on the breakaway to make it 1-0. Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen responded with a PP goal. Rochester, MN native and Comets captain Colin Stuart gave Utica a 2-1 lead late in the first period. That was a shorthanded goal and the third time the Wild allowed one in Des Moines this season. 2-1 UTI was the score after one.
John Curry replaced Gustafsson, who allowed two goals on nine shots, at the start of the second. Then, McMillan was awarded a penalty shot against Joe Cannata, but he missed it. Phillips tied the game at two on the PP with a nice shot a minute later.
For the sixth consecutive game, the Wild went to overtime and this one wasn't enough. In the shootout, Phillips and Connelly scored, but Alex Biega won it for Utica. 3-2 was the final score and Curry made 27 saves. Game highlights.
The Wild will host Chicago tomorrow night and they'll be in Rockford Saturday.
Some news and notes:
-Last Thrusday: As Michael Russo first reported it last week, both Erik Haula and Jason Zucker are likely going to play in Iowa during the Olympic break. As of last night, there's no official decision yet.
- Friday: Iowa signed Marc Hagel to a SPC (standard player contract/AHL contract) for the remaining of the 2013-2014 season. Hagel previously was on his 18/25 game of his first PTO that was signed in December.
-Saturday: The team signed Jack Downing to a PTO. He has 15 points in 21 games with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL). Downing had 77 career AHL games prior to the signing. He made his Wild debut in Chicago.
-Wednesday: The Wild made a minor trade prior to the game. They've traded Chad Rau to the San Jose Sharks for Curt Gogol. Plus, the Iowa Wild acquired SPC Riley Brace from Worcester. Both players are expected to join the IA Wild.
-Today: As expected, Stephane Veilleux cleared waivers and was reassigned to Iowa. Also, the Wild released Mickey Lang from his PTO. He's heading back to Orlando.
-Injury update per Tom Witosky: Tyler Graovac is still dealing with a lower body injury and according to Mill, he's almost day-to-day. Brett Bulmer is progressing well and Josh Caron (broken hand) is skating. Kris Foucault is expected to be out longer than others.
-As of today, the Wild are 9th in the Western Conference with 47 points in 44 games. They're only 3 points away from a playoff spot and have 5 games in hand over Rockford (8th place).