REILLY���S HEROICS AND MICHALEK���S GOALTENDING HELPS IOWA WIN 2-1Dec 16, 2016
CLEVELAND, OH – The Iowa Wild (12-13-2-1, 27 points) defeated the Cleveland Monsters (12-11-1-2, 27 points) 2-1 in a shootout in front of 10,923 fans at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night. Iowa defenseman Mike Reilly scored with 33 seconds left in regulation, tying the game and forcing the eventual shootout. Iowa Wild goalie Steve Michalek (5-6-1) was solid in net, stopping 17 of 18 in regulation and four of five shootout attempts for the win. Iowa forward Alex Tuch scored the decisive shootout goal, helping the Wild take three of four points in Cleveland. Monsters goalie Joonas Korpisalo (4-4-2) stopped 30 of 31 in regulation and three of five attempts in the shootout loss. Iowa returns home to host Manitoba on Sunday at 3 PM.
The Monsters struck for the period’s lone goal, as forward Daniel Zaar swooped in behind the Wild net and swung out towards the right ring corner of the Iowa zone. Zaar snapped the puck from an odd angle and beat goalie Steve Michalek for his eight goal of the year and a 1-0 lead.
The Wild pulled Michalek in the last two minutes of the game in favor of the extra attacker. The gamble paid off at 19:27 when defenseman Mike Reilly scored from the high slot to tie the game 1-1. Center Pat Cannone and left wing Colton Beck aided Reilly’s third goal of the season for the tie game.
The two teams skated to a scoreless overtime and eventually needed a shootout to decide the winner. Iowa scored on two of five attempts with Zack Mitchell and Alex Tuch scoring to help Iowa win. Michalek stopped all but one of the Monsters shootout attempts to preserve the victory.
Iowa returns home for a two-game visit from the Manitoba Moose on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 PM. It’s Toys for Tots night, where fans may donate a toy and receive a ticket voucher for a future Iowa Wild home game. All donations benefit Toys for Tots, sponsored by Complete Nutrition and KCCI. The Subway Combo Pack is available for purchase at the game. There is also a postgame skate at the conclusion of the game. Rental skates are available for $2, and proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Iowa plays Manitoba again on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 PM. It is a Free Parking Monday (until the IEC lots are full), sponsored by Nash Icon and KGGO. It is also $1 soda night and fans may bring in a Subway receipt to purchase a ticket for only $5.
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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