The week began for the Iowa Wild on Wednesday when they suffered a 6 to 1 loss at the hands of the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. With John Curry in the net, Iowa was outshot 49 to 29. Things got rowdy in the third period leading to the ejection of Veilleux and Gogol, as well as Bass for Rockford, and Rockford's coach. Christian Folin did score the first goal of his pro career on a wrap-around, which is an amusing way for a defenseman to get his first professional goal.
Johan Gustafsson played on Saturday night against the Texas Stars in the only game this week where Iowa outshot their opponent. Gustafsson made 16 saves on 20 shots as the Wild lost 4 to 3. Folin scored his second goal in as many games. Keranen and Mitchell scored the other two Iowa goals, and Zack Phillips had two primary assists. But Texas scored a fourth goal early in the third period, and Iowa was not able to respond.
Josh Harding finally got some in game action on Sunday versus the San Antonio Rampage. Dumba joined Iowa for Sunday's game, and he began making his case to get recalled to Minnesota in an eventful game for the young defenseman as he scored a goal on a heavy shot from the point (assists by Brassart and Keranen), and had an overtime penalty shot that he missed. Michael Keranen had a game high 8 shots on goal in a game that was not very kind to goaltenders.
While Iowa had been looking improved since firing Kleinendorst, this week they lost all of their games, even though they did get points out of Sunday's loss. Iowa clearly has a problem with giving up shots as they were outshot 49 to 29 on Wednesday versus Rockford, and outshot 54 to 40 on Sunday versus San Antonio. Harding gave up four goals on Sunday, but his save percentage doesn't look so bad because Iowa gave up 54 shots! That's too much, but if Iowa can continue to have defensemen making offensive contributions, it may help them squeak out some victories. This week, every game had at least one goal come from a defenseman.
News & Notes
- Iowa called up forward Jason Gregoire of the Alaska Aces this week.
- Stephane Veilleux and Curt Gogol were both suspended two games after being ejected from Wednesday's game and had to miss both weekend games.
- After Sunday's game, Harding said he felt good in his first game action since last winter.
- Dumba was disappointed that he was sent down, but he tries to look for the positives.