Iowa hosted the Charlotte Checkers twice, Friday and last night.
In the first matchup, John Curry got his second start of the season. Phil Di Giuseppe opened the score just 1:24 into the game. Former Minnesota Wild invitee Carter Sandlak scored his first AHL goal to make it 2-0 Checkers. Charlotte added another goal before the end of the first period.
Jordan Schroeder got the Wild on board with his first goal of the season from Zack Phillips and Alex Gudbranson. That was the lone goal of the second period. In the third, Brock McGinn and Chad LaRose scored for the Checkers to end the hope of a potential comeback. The Wild lost 5-1 and Curry made 20 saves. Game highlights.
Last night, Johan Gustafsson was in net. Schroeder scored an early goal to open the score. Phillips gave the Wild a 2-0 lead with his first of the season. Then, Schroeder got his second goal of the night before the end of the first period. It should be noted that Guillaume Gelinas got his first career AHL point on the third goal. Iowa outshot Charlotte 14-6 after one period.
After a scoreless second, Greg Nemisz got one for the Checkers early in the third. Kurtis Gabriel sealed the deal with an empty net goal at the end of the game. The Wild beat the Checkers 4-1 and finally got their first win of the season. Gustafsson was solid making 34 saves. Game highlights.
The Wild will be in Milwaukee on Wednesday night, then in Oklahoma City to play the Barons Saturday and Sunday.
News & Notes:
-John Curry made his 200th AHL appearance in Friday night's game.
-Ryan Walters made his debut last night.
-Corbin Baldwin was assigned to the Alaska Aces.
-Park gives Iowa a new advantage. Tom Witosky with another great article worth reading.
-Iowa is currently 1-5-0 this season.