Iowa played in Milwaukee Wednesday. Then, they hosted the Oklahoma City Barons for a pair of games over the weekend.
In Milwaukee, the John Torchetti era has started with a bang. Danny Syvret opened the score just 30 seconds into the game. Michael Keranen and Zack Phillips got the assists. 1-0 IA was the score after one and the Wild outshot the Admirals 8-6.
Mike Liambas scored two quick goals in the second, but Tyler Graovac immediately tied the game at two with his third of the season. Phillips gave the Wild a 3-2 lead a few minutes later, which happened to be the game winning goal. This was the first win under John Torchetti since the 2012-2013 season in Houston. Game highlights.
In the first matchup against the Barons, Alex Gudbranson scored his first AHL goal. Then, Iowa got two goals in 35 seconds from Brett Sutter and Tyler Graovac respectively. 3-0 Wild was the score after one and this was the first time that the Wild scored three goals in a period this season.
In the second, Matthew Ford and Kale Kessy scored for the Barons, but Marc Hagel got his 6th goal of the season at the end of the period. 4-2 IA after two. The third period was scoreless and Iowa beat OKC 4-2 getting their second straight win. That was their second home win of the season as well. Johan Gustafsson made 26 saves. Game highlights.
Saturday night, Joel Rechlicz put the Wild on board with his fourth career AHL goal. Barons' captain Anton Lander tied the game at one with his third of the season. Travis Ewanyk gave OKC a 2-1 lead a few minutes later, but Graovac responded with a PP goal. Sutter scored at the end of the period to make it 3-2 Iowa. It should be noted that Steve Pinizzotto and Joel Rechlicz both got game misconducts.
Lander got his second goal of the night to tie the game at three in the second period. The Wild regained the lead with a Brett Bulmer goal. 4-3 IA after 40 minutes. In the third, the Barons scored two goals from Curtis Hamilton and Brad Hunt to get away with the win. OKC beat Iowa 5-4 and Gustafsson played in the second night in a row making 35 saves. Game highlights.
The Wild will play three games in three days starting Friday night in Rockford. They will be in Chicago on Saturday and they will host Milwaukee on Sunday.
News & Notes:
-Christian Folin made his AHL debut Friday night.
-Iowa signed Parker Milner to PTO. John Curry is dealing with a groin injury.
-After the loss Saturday, Torchetti said that Kurtis Gabriel is ready to return and Raphael Bussieres is getting close. Bussieres is out with a concussion.
-The Wild is 2-1-0 with John Torchetti as head coach so far. One would think that the difference is pretty clear when you read his postgame quotes.