Wild Ride Power Play Past Rampage
DES MOINES, IA - Gerald Mayhew and Sam Anas both netted two power play goals and part of a five power play goal outburst that fueled the Iowa Wild (33-18-12) to a 6-3 win over the San Antonio Rampage (27-30-6) on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Joey LaLeggia, Trevor Smith, and Mitch Reinke scored for the Rampage. Ville Husso surrendered four goals on 17 shots before leaving the game in the second period due to injury. Jared Coreau stopped seven of nine shots in relief.
LaLeggia opened the scoring at 9:45 of the first period, redirecting a Chris Butler shot for his tenth goal of the season. Butler had two assists on the night, including the 200th point of his professional career (NHL and AHL).
Mayhew responded at 11:14 of the first with Iowa's first power play goal of the game, a one-timer from the slot off of an Anas feed for his 21st of the year.
The Rampage power play had two goals of its own, beginning with Smith's rebound put-back of a LaLeggia shot at 16:50 of the first to put the Rampage back in front 2-1 with his ninth of the season.
Iowa scored three consecutive power play goals in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Anas netted his first of the game with a right-circle shot over Husso's shoulder at 2:07 of the second. He struck again at 6:02, falling as he drove to the net to tap the puck over the goal line for his 13th of the season.
Kyle Rau made it 4-2 with a redirection of an Anas feed at 6:54 for his league-leading 16th power play goal, his 23rd tally of the season.
Reinke got the Rampage back within a goal with a power play one-timer from the left circle at 14:03 of the second on a feed from LaLeggia, his tenth goal of the season. Reinke leads all AHL defensemen with 27 power play points.
The Wild added two more goals in the third period. Matt Read set up Mason Shaw for his sixth of the season at 14:14 of the final period to make it 5-3. Mayhew capped the scoring with his 22nd of the year on a power play rebound, his sixth goal of the season against the Rampage.
LaLeggia posted three points for the Rampage. Brennan Menell recorded five assists for Iowa and Anas had two goals and two assists, all on the power play.
The five power play goals were the most surrendered by the Rampage in a game this season. They have lost four in a row, and six straight on the road.
The Rampage wrap up their four-game road trip on Saturday night at Allstate Arena against the Chicago Wolves. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, with the game available on the Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
RAMPAGE STATS: Goals: LaLeggia (10); Smith (9); Reinke (10) Ville Husso: 13 saves on 17 shots; Jared Coreau: 7 saves on 9 shots Power Play: 2-for-2 Penalty Kill: 3-for-8
THREE STARS: 1) Sam Anas - IA 2) Brennan Menell - IA 3) Cal O'Reilly - IA
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