GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD AT GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 3.17.18Mar 17, 2018
Iowa Wild (29-18-9-5; 72 pts.) at Grand Rapids Griffins (33-23-1-6; 73 pts.)
Iowa Wild kicks off a three-in-three with a road game against Grand Rapids Saturday night. The contest is the eighth of 10 meetings between the two teams, as Iowa holds a 3-1-0-3 record against the Griffins this season.
The Wild defeated the Griffins 4-2 on March 14 in which the team scored three goals in 1:56 to solidify the victory. Wild forwards Dante Salituro and Gerry Mayhew each scored two goals, while Cal O’Reilly recorded two assists. Wild goaltender Niklas Svedberg earned his first win since Feb. 19.
- Forward Cal O’Reilly became the 93rd player in AHL history to record 500 points when he registered an assist on the game-winning goal vs. Grand Rapids.
- Forward Dante Salituro’s two goals against the Griffins were his first in an Iowa Wild sweater and his first multi-point game of his AHL career.
- Forward Sam Anas has eight points (3g, 5a) and a plus-7 rating in seven games against Grand Rapids.
- Iowa currently has a four-game point streak, going 2-0-1-1 during those games.
- Grand Rapids defeated Rockford 4-3 in overtime Friday evening.
- The Griffins are led by forwards Matt Puempel (21g, 31a) and Ben Street (16g, 36a), each with 52 points on the season.
- Puempel has five points (1g, 4a) in his last three games.
- Head Coach Todd Nelson earned his 300th AHL victory against Rockford.
Opponent Date Time Broadcast
at Chicago 3/18 3:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Rockford 3/19 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Grand Rapids 3/23 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Grand Rapids 3/24 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Milwaukee 3/26 5:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
The Iowa Wild 2017-18 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center and runs from October through April. For more information, please contact the Wild office by calling 515-564-8700 or by visiting www.iowawild.com.