WILD COMEBACK NETS 3-2 OT WIN OVER HOGSJan 27, 2017
Iowa Records Sixth Straight Road Win
ROCKFORD, Ill, – The Iowa Wild (21-19-4-1, 47 points) defeated the Rockford IceHogs (14-22-5-3, 36 points) 3-2 in overtime in front of 4,174 fans on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Rookie Alex Tuch returned from injury and made an immediate impact by scoring the decisive goal with 13 seconds left in OT. Iowa erased a 2-0 third-period deficit with goals by Mario Lucia and Pat Cannone to force the eventual overtime. Wild goalie Steve Michalek (8-9-1) stopped 37 of 39 shots for the victory, Iowa’s sixth straight road win. Hogs goalie Lars Johansson (8-11-4) stopped 22 of 25 shots in the overtime defeat. Iowa plays in Rockford on Saturday at 7 PM.
The IceHogs picked up the lone goal of the opening period in the last few minutes of the frame. Forward Jeremy Langlois carried the puck deep behind the Wild net and attempted a wraparound. Iowa goalie Steve Michalek made the initial save, but Langlois jammed in his own rebound for the 1-0 lead. Center Martin Lundberg had the only assist on Langlois’ second goal of the year.
At 11:01 of the second period, just as a power play was expiring, the IceHogs claimed a 2-0 lead off Sam Carrick’s seventh goal of the season. Defensemen Gustav Forsling and Erik Gustafsson each picked up an assist on the goal. Forsling slid the puck to the top of the left-wing circle for Carrick, who rifled a shot past a screen and into the Iowa net.
The Wild got on the scoreboard at 1:14 of the final period as the team capitalized on its first power play of the night. Forward Teemu Pulkkinen slid the puck to the left of the Rockford net, connecting with Mario Lucia on the goal-line. Lucia scored his eighth goal of the season and Iowa cut the Rockford lead to 2-1. Defenseman Gustav Olofsson added an assist on the team’s first goal of the night. Iowa tied the game with 5:24 left in the third period as Pat Cannone deflected a shot past Lars Johansson. Defensemen Mike Weber and Zach Palmquist each picked up an assist on Cannone’s sixth goal of the season, tying the game 2-2 and forcing OT.
With time dwindling down in the extra frame, Iowa worked the puck in the Hogs zone. Sam Anas snapped a shot wide of the Rockford net. Forward Alex Tuch grabbed the puck off the end wall and slipped the puck past Johansson for the game-winning goal. Olofsson added an assist on Tuch’s ninth goal of the season for the 3-2 win.
Iowa continues on a lengthy road trip and returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 8 to play the Cleveland Monsters. The game is part of Winning Wednesdays. If the Wild wins, all fans in attendance receive a free ticket to Fan Appreciation on April 14. Fans 21 and older may purchase two tallboys for $10. Fans may also bring a Subway receipt to purchase a ticket for only $5.
Iowa welcomes the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. The team honors all local service personnel with Local Heroes night, presented by Great Clips. Fans may enjoy $2 beers, presented by 100.3 The Bus. There will also be barefoot wine specials at the game. Collegeville packs are also available for purchase at the game. There will be a food drive at the game, presented by Billion Buick GMC and Barilla that benefits Move the Food.
On Feb. 11 at 7 PM the Wild and Griffins meet again as the team celebrates Pink in the Rink Night in a partnership with Susan G. Komen of Iowa. Pink in the Rink is sponsored by KISS FM, Ankeny Allstate, UnitedHealthcare, Edwards, Universal Printing and Platos Closet. The first 7,500 fans to the game receive a Pink LED giveaway, sponsored by Susan G. Komen, KISS FM and Food Dudes. Fans 21 and over may enjoy Jim Beam Drink specials, sponsored by NASH FM. The Brewdog pack is also available, where fans get a ticket to the game, hot dog voucher, beer at the game and a voucher for a drink at Legends. The team dons “Pink In The Rink” themed jerseys, which are auctioned off after the game in a live postgame jersey auction.
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