BANKIER SCORES TWICE FOR IOWA IN 3-2 SHOOTOUT DEFEAT AT SAN DIEGOJan 13, 2024
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Caedan Bankier scored twice for the Iowa Wild on Friday night, but the San Diego Gulls took a 3-2 shootout victory at Pechanga Arena.
Bankier handed Iowa an early 1-0 advantage with a short side wrister over the shoulder of Tomas Suchanek (32 saves). Sammy Walker and Ryan O’Rourke picked up assists on Bankier’s goal, which came at 4:38 of the first period.
San Diego responded with a pair of goals to take the lead. Nikita Nesterenko tied the contest at 8:06 of the opening frame with a quick shot underneath Zane McIntyre (24 saves) following a face-off win.
Chase De Leo put the Gulls up 2-1 when he received a cross-ice pass from Tyson Hinds on the rush and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of McIntyre at 18:54.
The Gulls carried the 2-1 lead and an 8-7 shot advantage into the first intermission.
The teams played a scoreless second period in which Iowa outshot San Diego 12-6.
Bankier knotted the game with his second tally 5:31 into the third. After Jake Lucchini threw a shot on goal from the corner, Bankier punched the puck under pads of Suchanek. Simon Johansson also earned an assist on the goal.
After a scoreless overtime, Sammy Walker converted on Iowa’s opening chance in the shootout. Nesterenko responded with a forehand finish and Brayden Tracey scored the winner in the bottom of the third round to lift San Diego to the extra point.
Iowa outshot San Diego 34-27. The Wild were 1-for-6 with the man advantage and held the Gulls scoreless on two power plays.
Iowa and San Diego face off again on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Pechanga Arena at 8 p.m.
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