The Iowa Wild have hosted the Milwaukee Admirals for their home opener last Friday and a rematch the next day.
In the first matchup, Predators prospect Pontus Aberg opened the score with a PP goal. Zack Mitchell scored his first AHL goal from Michael Keranen and Tyler Graovac. Aberg got his second of the game before the end of the first period. 2-1 Milwaukee after one. The Admirals scored two quick goals and Johan Gustafsson was pulled just 2 minutes into the second. Curt Gogol got a PP goal from a nice Zack Phillips play to make it 4-2. Brett Sutter scored a goal in the third, but it wasn't enough. The Wild lost 4-3. Game highlights.
In the rematch, Joe Pendenza got the Admirals on board with his second goal of the season. Viktor Arvidsson got one on the PP at the end of the first period. 2-0 Milwaukee was the score after one. Arvidsson added two more goals getting the hat trick. Raphael Bussieres was injured in the middle of the second period. He needed assistance to leave the ice and didn't return. After an unsuccessful third, the Admirals beat the Wild 4-0 and they remain undefeated. Game highlights.
The Wild will host the Charlotte Checkers on Friday and Saturday nights.
News & Notes:
-Richard Park joins Wild staff. Good hiring by the organization.
-Stu Bickel was assigned to Iowa after clearing waivers. He's not in an unfamiliar territory though. Bickel has played 21 games for the Iowa Chops in the 2008-2009 season.
-Colton Jobke was assigned to the Alaska Aces, the new ECHL affiliate.
-Wild signed defenseman Danny Syvret to a PTO.
-Gustav Olofsson update. He's actually injured.
- Keranen ready to prove he belongs. Get to know Michael Keranen.