Last Thursday the Iowa Wild played the final game of their trip to Charlotte. Johan Gustafsson played in goal, and Iowa gave him a lead when Zack Mitchell scored seven minutes into the first period. Charlotte's Brock McGinn tied the game on an early second period goal. Zach Boychuk gave Charlotte their first lead of the game and Keegan Lowe added to their lead. To round out the second period, Iowa's Zack Phillips scored his seventh goal of the season from Colin Bowman. Defenseman Bowman has 4 assists in seven games played for the Iowa Wild. Charlotte added one more goal in the third period from Brendan Woods for a final score of 4 to 2.
Saturday night, the Wild faced the Milwaukee Admirals, who had one fewer scoring forward after Nashville traded AHL All-Star Brendan Leipsic to the Maple Leafs. The Admirals and the Wild combined for a scoreless first period, but Iowa did have some scoring chances. Early in the second, Brady Brassart scored his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Kurtis Gabriel. At about halfway through the second, Tyler Graovac scored a 5 on 3 power play goal, assisted by Mitchell and Bowman. Early in the third period, Viktor Arvidsson scored a power play goal after Ruslan Fedotenko took a high sticking penalty. Fedotenko got the goal back by scoring his first with the Iowa Wild, assisted by Greg Wolfe and Brett Sutter. The Predators' first round pick last summer, Kevin Fiala scored on a 3 on 1, but the Wild would add an empty net goal from Fedotenko for a Wild victory of 4 to 2.
On Tuesday night, the Wild played at home versus the Grand Rapids Griffins. Johan Gustafsson started in goal for Iowa, but he didn't last long, as the Griffins scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the first period. John Curry took over and did not give up a goal until the second period when Anthony Mantha scored on the power play. Then Marek Tvrdon scored two goals, one even strength and one on the power play. Just after Tvrdon's second goal, Olivier Archambault scored Iowa's first goal of the night. About a minute later, Grand Rapids scored again, this time by Landon Ferraro. With five minutes left in the second period, Marc Hagel scored the final goal of the game, assisted by Blum and Graovac. Mercifully, this is the last time Iowa will face Grand Rapids this season. In four matches against the Griffins, Iowa has been outscored 25 to 7.
This Friday and Saturday, the Wild play away games against Lake Erie Monsters, the farm team of the Colorado Avalanche. Currently, Iowa has a league worst 38 points in the standings. The nearest team in the standings, the Charlotte Checkers, have 46 points.
News & Notes
- Michael Keranen was reassigned to Iowa. He did not play in any games during his call up.
- Tom Witowsky discusses the struggles of an AHL GM and the particular struggles of Iowa Wild GM Jim Mill in his regular Iowa Wild column.
- Coach Torchetti talked about developing players when the team is struggling. In particular, he talked about Tyler Graovac who has been feeling the pressure of Iowa's consistent losses.