The Iowa Wild have opened their second AHL season on the road. They were in Texas to play the Rampage Friday and the Stars last night. Before we start, here's the opening day roster. Cody Almond was assigned to Iowa after the press release.
In San Antonio, Johan Gustafsson was the starting goaltender for the Wild. After a scoreless period, Garrett Wilson opened the score for SA early in the second period. Michael Keranen scored the first Iowa goal and his first AHL one. That was a PP goal from Jordan Schroeder and Tyler Graovac. Later, Jon Blum added another PP goal. Bobby Butler tied the game at two with a late second period goal.
In the third period, Mark Mancari got his first goal in a Rampage uniform to make it 3-2, which was the final score. It's worth noting that the Rampage have successfully killed a full 5-on-3 PP from the Wild at the end of the game. Gustafsson made 36 saves despite the loss. Graovac and Schroeder got 2 assists each. Game highlights.
In Cedar Park, Graovac scored a nice goal to open the score. That was the lone goal of the period. The defending Calder Cup champion got three goals in the second period. 3-1 Stars after 2. Brady Brassart cut the deficit to one with his first of the season, but John Klingberg sealed the deal for the Stars late in the final period. 4-2 Texas was the final score. John Curry was in net and made 32 saves. Game highlights.
Iowa will host the Milwaukee Admirals twice starting this Friday for the home opener and Saturday night.
News & Notes:
-Stephane Veilleux was named team captain, succeeding to Jake Dowell, who's now playing with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Justin Falk and Brett Sutter are the alternate captains.
-Guillaume Gelinas has made his professional debut in San Antonio after missing most of the training camp due to an injury. It occurred in Traverse City.
-Mitchell eager to show he belongs. Good article about Zack Mitchell, who made his AHL debut over the weekend.
-Phillips prepares for next step. High expectations for Zack Phillips, who's beginning the final year of his entry level contract.