COMPLETE NUTRITION GAME PREVIEW VS. SAN ANTONIO 12.9.16Dec 9, 2016
San Antonio Rampage (10-11-1-0, 21 Points) at Iowa Wild (10-12-1-1, 22 points)
Iowa and San Antonio meet for the first time this season on Friday. The two teams will also face off in a rematch on Saturday in Des Moines. Iowa opened a three-game home stand on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee. San Antonio started a four-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime win in Rockford.
Over the course of history, the Wild and the Rampage have met a total of 18 times. San Antonio owns the all-time series lead with a 12-2-1-3 record, including a 6-2-0-1 mark in Des Moines. Iowa is 6-8-2-2 all-time, including a 3-5-1-0 mark at Wells Fargo Arena. The two teams met four times in 2015-16, with San Antonio sweeping the season series at 4-0-0-0. Iowa was able to salvage a point in two of the four games, going 0-2-1-1 in the season series. San Antonio has nine straight wins over Iowa dating back to the 2014-15 season. The Wild’s last win over the Rampage was a 4-1 win on Dec. 2014.
Iowa is 5-8-0-1 at home this season and 5-4-1-0 over the last ten outings. The Wild has been outscored on home ice 50-38. San Antonio is 7-4-0-0 on the road and 5-4-1-0 over the last ten games. The Rampage has outscored the home teams 32-30.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
vs. San Antonio 12/9 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio/ MC22
vs. San Antonio 12/10 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
at Cleveland 12/14 6:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
at Cleveland 12/16 6:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
vs. Manitoba 12/18 3:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
12.5.16: Add – D Gustav Olofsson and F Zack Mitchell – assigned by Minnesota (NHL)
12.8.16: Add – F Teemu Pulkkinen– assigned by Minnesota (NHL)
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1 in front of 3,597 fans on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Right wing Adam Payerl scored 28 seconds into the game to give the Admirals an early 1-0 lead. Milwaukee goalie Juuse Saros stopped 20 of 21 shots in the victory over Iowa. Adam Gilmour scored the only goal for the Wild in the loss. Iowa goalie Alex Stalock stopped 31 of 34 shots in the defeat.
Through the first 24 games of the regular season, forward Jordan Schroeder leads the team in scoring with 12 assists and 16 points in 19 games played. Schroeder’s 12 assists are first on the team. Veteran right wing Teemu Pulkkinen places second in points and first in goals. He has a team-high eight goals and 15 points in 16 games played. Rookie Alex Tuch and veteran center Pat Cannone are tied for third in scoring with 13 points each. Cannone has four goals and is tied for second in assists with nine in 24 games played. Tuch is second on the team with five goals and has 13 points in 24 outings. Defenseman Gustav Olofsson is next in scoring with 12 points, he leads all defensemen in points with three goals and nine assists in 22 games. Forwards Colton Beck (3g-7a) and Mario Lucia (3g,5a) also rank among the team’s scoring leaders.
Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 6-7-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .902 SV%. Michalek is 4-5-1 with a 3.28 GAA and a .912 SV%.
Iowa’s power play sits 15th in the league after going 17-for-96 (17.7%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 20th after stopping 81 of 101 (80.2%).
● San Antonio is tied with Albany for the most power-play attempts in the AHL at 111.
San Antonio Rampage
Rampage right wing Rocco Grimaldi and rookie center A.J. Greer lead San Antonio. Grimaldi leads San Antonio with six goals and is tied for first with 10 assists in 21 games played. Greer is second in scoring with five goals and tied for first on the team with ten assists in 19 games played. Left wing Joe Whitney is third on the club with 12 points in 22 games played. Whitney has five goals and seven assists. Rookie J.T. Compher is fourth on the team in points with ten points off five goals and five assists in only 12 games played. Left wing Gabriel Bourque is also among the leaders with eight points in 14 games played. Matt Lashoff leads all blueliners with six points in 16 games played, scoring three goals and adding three assists.
Rookie Spencer Martin and Kent Simpson split time in net for the Rampage, while former Wild goalie Jeremy Smith is out with an injury. Martin is 9-6-0 with a 2.38 GAA and a .921 SV %. Simpson is 0-2-1 with a 3.00 GAA and a.882 SV%.
San Antonio’s power play is 28th, going 14-for-111 (12.6%). The Rampage is 9th on the penalty kill, stopping 79 of 93 (84.9%).