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Rampage Stuns Wild for 4-3 OT Win

April 9, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Iowa Wild News Release

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The Iowa Wild (23-39-4-6, 56 points) were defeated by the San Antonio Rampage (32-34-8-0, 72 points) 4-3 in overtime in front of 7,910 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. Rampage forward Gary Nunn scored 2:20 into overtime, giving his team its seventh straight home win. Rookie Mikko Rantanen forced overtime, scoring his 23rd goal of the year with just over 30 seconds remaining in overtime - the team's second straight last minute tie against Iowa. San Antonio goalie Reto Berra (6-6-0) stopped 25 of 28 shots for the team's ninth straight win over Iowa. Despite the defeat, Iowa's line of Colton Beck, Zack Mitchell and Marc Hagel scored all three goals and combined for seven points. Iowa goalie Steve Michalek (7-6-0) stopped 25 of 29 in defeat. Iowa returns home to host Grand Rapids at 7 PM on Monday.

The Wild claimed an early lead merely 36 seconds into the game's opening minute. Zack Mitchell picked up the puck on the left wing in the Rampage zone, carrying towards the Rampage net. He slipped a backhand pass in the slot for Colton Beck. The Wild forward quickly potted his sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 Iowa lead. The Wild doubled its lead at 7:13 as Mitchell finished off a play for his 21st goal of the season. Beck found right wing Marc Hagel streaking behind the Rampage net. Hagel slipped a pass out front for Mitchell, who tapped the puck past Berra for the 2-0 lead. The Rampage got on the scoreboard at 13:59, when Garry Nunn snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Steve Michalek for the 2-1 score. Forward Joey Hishon sprung Nunn at center ice, allowing the forward a one-on-one rush, which he used the defender as a screen in order to score his fifth goal of the year.

San Antonio picked up the lone goal of the second period, as Ben Street scored at 12:22 to even the scoring at 2-2. Reid Petryk dropped a pass inside the Iowa blueline, catching Street in stride. Street carried the puck towards the Iowa net and lifted a backhand shot over the shoulder of Steve Michalek for his sixth goal of the year.

The Wild took advantage of a power play at 11:33 of the third period, pushing ahead 3-2, Hagel worked the puck to the left point for Guillaume Gelinas. The Wild defenseman blasted a shot to the Rampage net. Camped out in front, Beck tipped the shot past Berra for his seventh goal of the year. For the second straight night, the Rampage tied the game in the last minute of play with the goaltender pulled. Joey Hishon won a faceoff to defenseman Maxim Noreau, who found Mikko Rantenen at the point. Rantanen blasted a slapshot, through traffic and past Michalek for his 23rd goal of the year and a 3-3 tie.

Just 2:20 into overtime, seconds after Michalek stopped a two-on-zero rush from Nunn and Hishon, Nunn picked up the rebound behind the Iowa net and snuck a wraparound inside the far post for the 4-3 win, his sixth goal of the year.

Iowa returns to Wells Fargo Arena for its final three home games of the regular season. The Wild welcomes Grand Rapids to Des Moines on Monday, Apr. 11 for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Monday's game offers free parking until the Iowa Events Center lots are full courtesy of HITS 99.9 FM. Students may use their students ID's to buy a defense preferred ticket and receive a second ticket for $0.99, also sponsored by HITS 99.9 FM. Iowa plays the Rockford IceHogs for the final time on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 7 p.m. Wednesday features the Jim Beam and NASH FM Guys Night of the season, including drink specials of $5 regular Beam Orchard Twists and $10 for a Beam Orchard Twist in a mason jar. If the Wild wins all fans in attendance receive a ticket to a future Iowa Wild game.

Iowa's final home game of the season takes place on Friday, Apr. 15 at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Wolves. The Iowa Wild extends its gratitude and thanks with "Fan Appreciation Night". The first 2,500 fans to the game receives an Iowa Wild team poster sponsored by Renaissance Savery Hotel, Prairie Life Fitness, Edwards, GuideOne Insurance, and Country 96.5. Friday also includes $2 beer night presented by 100.3 The Bus. The "Bring Your Buds Bundle" ticket package is available for purchase, including one ticket, one 16 oz. Bud or Bud Light at the game, one hotdog, one popcorn, $1 off Budweiser or Bud Light 25 oz. can during the Wild game, and one free beer at Carl's Place. The Wild finishes its season in Chicago on Saturday, Apr. 16.

Fans may purchase single-game tickets multiple ways, either through the team's website - www.Iowawild.com , the Wells Fargo Arena box office or participating Hy-Vee food stores. Tickets are available online at www.Iowawild.com under the single game tickets tab. The Wells Fargo Arena box office is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For Saturday game days, the box office will open at 10 a.m. For Sunday game days the box office will open at 12 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling 1-844-55-HYVEE or by visiting participating Hy-Vee food stores locations in the greater Des Moines area. Those interested may also visit www.hy-veetix.com. Fans interested in buying full season, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700.

The Iowa Wild 2015-16 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center, it runs from October through April. Fans may purchase seats to see any of the team's 38 regular season home games at Wells Fargo Arena. Season tickets to see the Wild play its 2015-16 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game. For more information on tickets, including ticket plans and group seating, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.


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