ADMIRALS SHUTOUT WILD 3-0Dec 28, 2016
Wild Wraps up Road Swing Friday, Back Home New Year’s Eve
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Iowa Wild (14-15-2-1, 31 points) were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals (18-8-2-1, 39 points) 3-0 in front of 7,287 fans on Wednesday night at UWM Panther Arena. Milwaukee goalie Jonas Gunnarsson (2-2-1) made 21 saves for his first North American shutout. Forwards Mike Liambas, Frederick Gaurdreau and Justin Kirkland supplied the offense, as Milwaukee improved to 3-2-0-0 against Iowa this season. Iowa goalie Alex Stalock (9-8-2) stopped 24 of 27 in defeat. It marked only the second regulation loss in the last eight games for the Wild. Iowa plays in Rockford at 7 PM CT on Friday night.
The Admirals tallied the only goal of the first period with the game’s opening strike at 6:30. Defenseman Rick Pinkston led a rush through center ice and into the Iowa zone. Pinkston blasted a shot from the top of the left-wing circle, as Mike Liambas crashed the Wild net. Goalie Alex Stalock made the initial save, but Liambas jammed the rebound past the Wild goalie for his third goal of the year and a 1-0 Milwaukee lead.
The Admirals used an early second-period power play to take a 2-0 lead. Forward Matt White dropped the puck on the right-wing wall for defenseman Alexandre Carrier. The rookie defender slipped the puck down towards the slot, where Frederick Gaudreau was waiting. Gaudreau flipped a backhand shot under the crossbar for his fifth goal of the year and a 2-0 Admirals lead.
The Admirals made it a 3-0 lead at 2:16 of the third period off Justin Kirkland’s first career AHL goal. Defensemen Jonathan Diaby and Jack Dougherty, working the puck through center ice. Diaby slipped the puck to Kirkland up the left wing. Kirkland carried the puck down the left side and beat Stalock off the glove.
The Wild will play a pair of road games prior to returning home to play the Chicago Wolves on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 PM. The first 1,500 fans to arrive at the game receive a 2017 Iowa Wild calendar, presented by Edwards Graphic Arts. It is also a $2 Hotdog night and there is a postgame fireworks show at the conclusion of the game.
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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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