GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD VS. SAN DIEGO GULLSFeb 15, 2020
Iowa Wild (32-14-3-3; 70 pts.) vs. San Diego Gulls (22-17-4-2; 50 pts.)
Iowa finishes up a franchise-long nine-game homestand with Saturday’s contest against the San Diego Gulls. The team currently sits in second place in the Central Division with 70 points while San Diego is in fifth place in the Pacific with 50 points. Heading into the contest, Iowa is on an eight-game winning streak, 10-game home winning streak and 11-game point streak, all of which are the longest active stretches in the AHL.
Forward Gerry Mayhew willed the Wild to a 3-0 victory as he recorded a natural hat trick in the third period for the second three-goal contest of his career. Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen stopped all 35 shots in the win for his fifth shutout of the season and the 11th of his career. Forward Nico Sturm earned his first career multi-assist game, earning helpers on Mayhew’s first two goals.
- Forward Gerry Mayhew’s 39 goals lead the AHL and are the most in a single-season for the league since Cory Conacher’s 39 in 2011-12.
- Mayhew is currently on a four-game point streak, amassing 11 points (8g, 3a) during that stretch, the most in the league during that time span.
- Iowa’s previous 11-game point streak, set on Jan. 18 – Feb. 11, 2017, was bookended by contests against the San Diego Gulls, both losses.
- Iowa allowed 20 third period shots to the Gulls on Friday, the most in a frame since allowing 23 against Grand Rapids in the third period on April 10, 2018.
- San Diego was shut out for the first time since March 9, 2019.
- Goaltender Anthony Stolarz suffered his first regulation loss since Jan. 8, snapping a point streak of nine games.
- San Diego sports a 7-4-2-1 record in the second game of a back-to-back this season.
- Tonight’s contest marks the last time the Gulls will face a Central Division opponent this season.
The Iowa Wild 2019-20 regular season is presented by MercyOne Des Moines 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.