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Iowa Wild Weekly Report: January 5th

Schroeder and Mitchell score all the goals in a 3 game week for the Iowa Wild.

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After last week's epic 9-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Iowa Wild had to wait until Monday to respond in a home game against the Milwaukee Admirals. They played a scoreless first period. Milwaukee opened the scoring with a power play goal by Arvidsson in the second period.

Iowa didn't answer back on the scoreboard until the third, with an even strength goal by Mitchell from Hagel and Dumba. Arvidsson countered with an unassisted breakaway goal. But Iowa displayed resiliency, when Schroeder scored a power play goal with assists to Blum and Keranen with less than four minutes to play in regulation. This game against the Admirals would not need a shootout because Schroeder scored again on the power play, this time from Syvret and Dumba.

Next, the Wild headed east for a pair of games in New York State. The first stop was Friday night versus the Rochester Americans. This game featured a goaltending matchup that was a repeat of the 2012 World Junior Championship gold medal game, Gustafsson versus Makarov. The Wild gave up the first goal less than five minutes in, and gave up a second goal with less than two minutes in the first, and would never recover. Rochester goalie Andrey Makarov would save all 28 shots sent his way, while Wild goalie Gustafsson gave up two goals on 23 shots. Finally, Rochester scored an empty net goal for the final of 3 to 0.

John Curry started in goal for the Wild for their final game of the week against the Utica Comets. Once again, the first period was scoreless. In the second period the Wild got another goal from Schroeder, his 10th of the season, from Hagel. The rest of the period was scoreless. Three minutes into the third period, Mitchell scored and even strength goal from Blum and Schroeder, which gave Schroeder his 7th multi-point with the Iowa Wild.

This week featured two wins with only two goal scorers. Mitchell and Schroeder scored all 5 of the Wild's goals. Torchetti commented after the game in Utica that he expected Schroeder to bring his best game because the Comets were his old team, but he also said "I thought three of the lines showed up out of four tonight, so that's a little better. [Friday] night we had two [lines]."

Iowa has not displayed much scoring depth, and with Graovac up with Minnesota, Iowa has even fewer players who regularly score goals. After the goals scored this week, Schroeder has now reached double digits in goals scored, and the only other player with more than Schroeder is Graovac with 12 goals. Keranen has been great in the assist column, and he leads the team in scoring with 25 points. While Iowa does seem to be improving under Coach Torchetti, they just don't have the depth in their roster to out-score bad goaltending, which they've been getting on a lot of nights from Gustafsson.