Nov 26, 2016


Iowa Wild (8-10-1-1, 18 points) at Charlotte Checkers (9-7-1-0, 19 Points)|
Iowa continues a seven-game road trip with the second of two games in Charlotte. Iowa began its lengthy trip on Nov. 19 and is three games in with a 2-1-1-0 mark. The Wild and Checkers met on Saturday night in Charlotte, with the Checkers taking a 3-2 overtime decision. Iowa extended its points streak to three games (2-0-1-0).

Iowa and Charlotte have played each other five times this year, with Charlotte leading the season series at 4-1-0-0.  The Wild is 1-3-1-0 against the Checkers. Charlotte has outscored the Wild 20-11. Sunday marks the 26th meeting all-time between the two clubs. Iowa is 8-14-1-2 all-time against Charlotte, including a 4-5-1-1 all-time mark in Charlotte. The Checkers are 17-6-2-0 against the Wild all-time, including an 11-3-1-0 mark at home. The two teams meet a total of eight times this season, with the final two games of the season series in Charlotte on Mar. 21 and 22.

The Wild is 3-3-1-0 on the road this season, while the Checkers are 6-1-0-0 at home. Iowa is 4-4-1-1 over the last ten outings, while Charlotte is 5-4-1-0.

Upcoming Games:
Team                                      Date    Time              Radio / TV
at Charlotte                              11/27   12:00 PM CT  KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Grand Rapids                        12/2      6:00  PM CT  KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Chicago                                 12/3     7:00  PM CT  KXNO/ iHeartRadio
vs. Milwaukee                            12/6     7:00  PM CT  KXNO/ iHeartRadio
vs. San Antonio                         12/9     7:00  PM CT  KXNO/ iHeartRadio

11.23.16: Add– D Mike Reilly - assigned by Minnesota (NHL)

Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild were defeated by the Charlotte Checkers 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. 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 made 44 saves in the loss, but managed to extend his unbeaten in regulation string to four games. Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic snagged the win with 27 saves on 29 shots.

Iowa Wild
Through the first 21 games of the regular season, veteran forward Jordan Schroeder leads the team in scoring with nine assists and 13 points in 17 games played. Right wing Teemu Pulkkinen is second in scoring with 12 points in 13 games played. Pulkkinen leads Iowa with six goals scored, including three on the power play. Rookie Alex Tuch, veteran center Pat Cannone and defenseman Gustav Olofsson are all tied for third on the team in points with 10 each. Cannone and Olofsson are tied for second on the club with eight assists each. Tuch is tied for second on the team with four goals. Forwards Colton Beck (2g-5a) and Mario Lucia (3g,4a) also rank among the team’s scoring leaders. Defenseman Mike Reilly has one goal and six assists for seven points in eight games. He recently returned from an NHL call-up to Minnesota.

Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 4-5-1 with a 3.14 GAA and a .903 SV%. Michalek is 4-5-1 with a 3.28 GAA and a .912 SV%.

Iowa’s power play sits 17th in the league after going 13-for-79 (16.5%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 22nd after stopping 63 of 80 (78.8%).

Notables –
●       Goalie Alex Stalock has stopped 121 of the last 127 (.953) shots over his last five outings. (1.47 GAA / 3-0-0-1)  
●       Teemu Pulkkinen has a goal in three straight games and has a goal in four of the last six outings. He has 12 points in his last 11 games.

Charlotte Checkers
The team is without Captain Derek Ryan, left wing Brock McGinn and defenseman Matt Tennyson remain in Carolina on NHL recall. Ryan had five goals and eight assists, leading the Checkers in scoring with 13 points in nine games before departing. Rookie Andrew Poturalski is the team’s active scoring leader. He has five goals and 14 points in 17 games played. Right wing Valentin Zykov has 10 points in 15 games played. Rookie Lucas Wellmark is also among the team leaders with nine points in 17 games played. Left wing Brock McGinn had eight points (5g,3a) in nine games.

Rookies Alex Nedeljkovic and Daniel Altshuller share the crease with Michael Leighton in Carolina. Leighton was (6-2-1) with a 1.66 GAA and a .937 SV% before going up. Nedeljkovic is 3-5-0 with a 3.15 GAA and a .894 SV%.

Charlotte’s power play is 26th after going 9-for-74 (12.2%). The Checkers are 15th on the penalty kill, stopping 58 of 70 (82.9%).

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