WILD EXTENDS STREAK DESPITE 3-2 OVERTIME SETBACK TO CHECKERSNov 26, 2016
Iowa Remains In Charlotte to Meet The Checkers on Sunday at 12 PM
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Iowa Wild (8-10-1-1, 18 points) were defeated by the Charlotte Checkers (9-7-1-0, 19 points) 3-2 in overtime in front of 7,120 fans at Bojangles Coliseum on Saturday night. Charlotte defenseman Jake Chelios scored 1:20 into overtime to give his club the win. The Wild earned a point with the OT defeat and extended its points streak to three games (2-0-1-0). Right wing Teemu Pulkkinen scored a goal and added an assist, as Iowa dropped to 3-3-1-0 on the road this year. Iowa goalie Alex Stalock (4-6-0) made 44 saves in the loss, but managed to extend his unbeaten in regulation string to four games (3-0-1-0). Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (3-5-0) snagged the win with 27 saves on 29 shots. Iowa travels to Charlotte to meet the Checkers on Saturday at 5 PM CT.
After nearly a scoreless first period of play, the Checkers opened the scoring at 19:45 of the first period. Defensemen Keegan Lowe slipped a pass to Levko Koper in the neutral zone. Koper went wide on the left wing into the Iowa zone and sent a saucer pass, cross-ice to Clark Bishop with 15 seconds remaining in the period. Bishop sent a one-timer past Alex Stalock for the 1-0 Checkers lead off his second goal of the year.
4:04 into the second period the Checkers made it a 2-0 lead off Valentin Zykov’s sixth goal of the year. Forward Phil Di Giuseppe stole the puck in the Iowa corner and snapped a pass to the Wild slot. Zykov then fired a shot past Stalock for the two-goal lead. The Wild used its power play to trim the deficit to 2-1. Jordan Schroder dropped a pass pack to the left wing circle for Teemu Pulkkinen. After taking the pass, Pulkkinen rifled a wrist shot past Alex Nedeljkovic at 9:11 for his sixth goal of the year. Iowa tied the game 2-2 in the last minute of the second period. Defenseman Hunter Warner slid in from the blueline and snapped a wrist shot through traffic for his first career goal. Center Pat Cannone and Pulkkinen each had a hand in the goal.
After a scoreless third period, the two teams skated to overtime. Checkers defenseman Jake Chelios picked off a puck in the neutral zone and skated off for a breakaway. Chelios slipped the puck between the legs of Stalock for his first goal of the year and a 3-2 overtime win.
The Wild continues a seven-game road trip through December 3. The team plays games in Chicago, Manitoba, Charlotte and Grand Rapids. The Wild returns back to Des Moines to welcome 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 their Subway receipt to purchase a ticket for only $5.
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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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