Wolves Best Wild 4-2
ROSEMONT, IL - The Iowa Wild (10-11-1-1, 22 points) defeated the Chicago Wolves (11-9-1-1, 24 points) 4-2 in front of 7,415 at Allstate Arena on Saturday night. Chicago defenseman Brad Hunt scored twice and the Wolves snapped Iowa's season-long points streak at five games (4-0-1-0). Chicago goalie Pheonix Copley (3-3-1) stopped 19 of 21. Iowa goalie Alex Stalock (6-7-0) made 21 saves in the defeat that ended his personal unbeaten string at six games (5-0-1-0). Wild forwards Grayson Downing and Adam Gilmour each scored in the loss, as the team wrapped up a seven-game road trip. Iowa begins a three-game home stand on Tuesday at 7 PM with the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Wolves jumped out to an early lead with rookie Samuel Blais scoring just 1:18 into the game. Center Alex Friesen sprung Jordan Caron over the blueline on the left wing side into the Iowa zone. Caron dropped a pass behind him for Blais, who ripped a wrist shot from the top of the left-wing circle, beating Stalock over the glove side for his fourth goal of the year and a 1-0 lead. Chicago made it a 2-0 game at 8:49 as defenseman Brad Hunt struck for his seventh goal of the season. Friesen and Caron worked the puck off a rush into the Iowa zone. Caron slipped the puck to the high slot for Hunt, who joined the rush and beat Stalock with a wrist shot for the two-goal lead.
The Wild cut the deficit in half at 11:20 as Mike Reilly set up Grayson Downing for his fourth goal of the season. Reilly carried behind the net and sent a pass out front for Downing, who roofed a wrist shot over the shoulder of Pheonix Copley for the 2-1 Wolves lead. Chicago pushed back to regain its two-goal lead at 14:20, making it a 3-1 just after a Wild power play expired. Landon Ferraro ripped a shot from the right wing wall and Stalock deflected the rebound off his pads. Mackenzie MacEachern swept in for the rebound for his first pro goal. Just 21 seconds later, Iowa scored again, as Adam Gilmour redirected a centering pass from Marc Hagel at 14:41. Defenseman Nick Seeler picked up his first pro point with an assist on Gilmour's third goal of the season. Iowa trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
The Wolves took advantage of its sixth power play with a tally by Hunt at 6:14 of the third period. Hunt ripped a shot from the point that slipped through traffic and past Stalock. Hunt's eighth goal of the year was set up by Chris Butler and Kenny Agostino for the 4-2 lead.
The Iowa Wild returns home for three straight, welcoming the Milwaukee Admirals on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The game is Kids Eat Free Tuesday, sponsored by 96.5 Country and Goodhue Nolte Insurance. All kids 12 and under eat free with (1) Crash's Kids Meal, which includes one hotdog, one soda, one popcorn, one fruit snack and an Iowa Wild prize. Fans may also bring in a Subway receipt to purchase a ticket for only $5. Iowa continues the home stand with a two-game visit from San Antonio that starts Friday at 7 PM. Fans may purchase $2 Beers, compliments of 100.3 The Bus. It's also Teddy Bear Toss Night, where fans are permitted to throw a new or gently used stuffed animal on the ice for charity. The Teddy Bear Toss benefits the Mercy Pediatric unit.
Iowa wraps up the three-game home stand on Saturday at 7 PM with the Rampage at Wells Fargo Arena. Saturday is Star Wars Night, where fans receive an Iowa Wild/Star Wars themed poster (while supplies last). Star Wars night, sponsored by Universal Printing and NASH Icon, features Star Wars characters on the concourse to help promote the release of the newest movie in the series, Roque One, which opens on Dec. 16. Fans may also enjoy Jim Beam drink specials throughout the evening, with $5 Beam Apple Orchards or $10 Beam Apple Orchard in a mason jar. The Jim Beam specials are presented by Nash FM.
2016-17 Iowa Wild regular season single-game tickets are on sale now. Follow the Iowa Wild on Twitter @IAWILD or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iawild .
The Iowa Wild 2016-17 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center: and 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 2016-17 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $10 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 .
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 tickets, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700.
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