WILD HOLDS OFF STARS, IOWA SWEEPS WEEKEND SET AT TEXASMar 11, 2017
Wild Plays at 7 PM Friday at Division Rival Milwaukee
CEDAR PARK, TX – The Iowa Wild (29-23-6-2, 66 points) defeated the Texas Stars (27-29-1-2, 57 points) 3-2 in front of 5,804 fans on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus and forward Zack Mitchell scored less than five minutes apart in the second period and Iowa held off a late surge from Texas to sweep the weekend series in Cedar Park. Iowa Wild goalie Alex Stalock (19-12-7) secured his 100th career AHL win with 37 saves on 39 shots. Rookie Alex Tuch also scored as Iowa improved to 18-10-3-0 on the road and 3-0-1-0 over the last four outings. Texas Stars goalie Justin Peters (12-15-0) took the defeat with 14 saves. Iowa concludes its six-game road trip on Friday at 7 PM in Milwaukee.
The Wild used an early power play, jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead merely 3:54 into the opening frame. Defenseman Zach Palmquist slipped the puck to the left wing for Pat Cannone. The Wild centerman snuck the puck down to the goal line for Alex Tuch. He turned with the puck and tucked a forehand shot around the outstretched arms of goalie Justin Peters. Tuch’s 15th goal of the season put Iowa out in front 1-0.
The Wild expanded its lead to 2-0 at 3:41 of the second period. Cannone and defenseman Mike Reilly each helped hold the puck into the Texas zone off the rush. Cannone found Maxime Fortunus at the blueline and the Iowa defenseman ripped a slot that beat Peters. Fortunus’ fourth goal of the year put Iowa up by a pair. The Wild made it 3-0 with a power-play strike at 7:56 of the middle frame. Center Tyler Graovac found Zack Mitchell in the slot for the one-timer, beating Peters for his ninth goal of the season. Reilly added an assist on the team’s third goal of the night.
The Stars struck quickly to trim the deficit to 3-1 just 1:58 into the third period. Forward Matej Stransky carried the puck off the Iowa wall and snuck into the faceoff circle for a clean shot over the shoulder of Stalock. Jason Dickinson and Dillon Heatherington each had an assist on Stransky’s 19th goal of the year. Texas utilized a 5-on-3 power play at 9:11 of the third period, pulling within a goal of Iowa at 3-2. Forward Brandon DeFazio swept at a rebound in front of the Iowa net, beating Stalock for his 18th tally of the season. Stransky and Julius Honka helped set up the 3-2 final.
After a six-game road trip with stops in Chicago, Rockford, Texas and Milwaukee, Iowa returns home to play the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, Mar. 18 at 6 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. The St. Patrick’s Day game features a postgame concert with Gaelic Storm, sponsored by 100.3 The Bus, Jim Beam and My Satellite Guy. VIP packages are available starting at $20. The first 1,500 fans to the game receive an Iowa Wild Irish themed hat, sponsored by 95 KGGO and LIUNA. In a partnership with Jim Beam and NASH FM, fans 21 and older are able to purchase the “The Big Ginger” drink special. It is also Jim Beam Night. Subway Combo Packs are available for purchase at the game. Brewdog packs are also available for purchase at the game, presented by Legends American Grill and Bud Light. The Wild will also don St. Patrick’s Day themed specialty jerseys for the game. The team wears the specialty jerseys for all three home games in March, culminating with a live postgame jersey auction on Saturday, Mar. 31.
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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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