Iowa Wild’s week report

Derek Leung

Here’s a recap of the Iowa Wild games that occurred last week.

The Wild were in Toronto last Saturday, in Utica Sunday and they've ended the week in Grand Rapids last night.

Before the Marlies game, Iowa announced that they signed Jamie MacQueen to a PTO and Wild prospect Dylan Labbe to an ATO. Labbe made his AHL debut in Toronto. MacQueen didn't waste any time to make a first impression. He scored the lone Wild goal in the second period. Peter Holland answered for Toronto in the third and the game ended in a shootout. Carson McMillan and Zack Phillips scored for the Wild. 2-1 IA was the final score. Johan Gustafsson had a great performance realizing 38 saves. Game highlights.

In Utica, Tyler Graovac scored the first goal of the game on the PP from Brad Winchester and Steven Kampfer. 16 seconds later, Winchester gave the Wild a 2-0 lead. In the second period, the Comets got two goals, including one shorthanded goal by Jeremy Welsh. Brandon DeFazio broke the tying game early in the third, which happened to be the game winning goal. 3-2 UTI was the final score. Gustafsson made 21 saves in his second start in two days. Game highlights.

In Grand Rapids, Gustav Olofsson made his AHL debut and immediately made an impact. He scored a PPG on his first shot on goal. Phillips and Winchester got the assists. Before that, Brett Bulmer was injured. During the first intermission, Joe O'Donnell gave an update and that didn't sound good.

Back to the game, the Griffins scored six unanswered goals to beat Iowa 6-1. Cory Emmerton had a three-point night for Grand Rapids. Gustafsson made 28 saves. By the way, Rob Granett was the Wild backup in this game. That was the last meeting between these two teams this season. Game highlights.

Iowa will be in Milwaukee tomorrow and in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

Some news and notes:

-Tuesday: The Wild have released Jim McKenzie from his PTO and signed Kurtis Gabriel (#39) and Brady Brassart (#15) to ATOs. Brassart made his AHL debut last night.

-The Man Behind The Video. Nice article about Tim Flynn, the IA Wild video coach.

-Blum Named Iowa Wild IOA Specialty Man Of The Year. That's pretty awesome. Congrats to Jon!

-As of today, the Wild are 15th in the Western Conference (last place) with 62 points in 68 games.

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