GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD VS. STOCKTON HEATFeb 9, 2020
Iowa Wild (29-14-3-3; 64 pts.) vs. Stockton Heat (25-11-3-3; 56 pts.)
Iowa begins the back half of the organization’s franchise-long nine-game homestand as the team plays host to the Stockton Heat Sunday afternoon for Crash’s birthday celebration. Iowa sits in second place in the Central Division with 64 points while Stockton is in second place in the Pacific with 56 points. All-time, Iowa is 3-5-0-0 against Stockton, including a 2-2-0-0 record at Wells Fargo Arena.
Forward Sam Anas factored in on every Wild goal as the team defeated the Stockton Heat Saturday night for the team’s Pink in the Rink game by a score of 5-2. Anas recorded a pair of goals while forward Nico Sturm and Gerry Mayhew (two) also earned the tallies in the contest. Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen logged his fourth consecutive win in the game, making 36 saves on 38 shots.
- Forward Sam Anas’ five-point game was a career-high and he currently leads the AHL in assists (38) and points (55).
- Anas’ 10 points (4g, 6a) since Jan. 25 are tied for the most in the AHL during that stretch.
- Forward Gerry Mayhew’s 33 goals are the most on Feb. 9 since 2009.
- Iowa has allowed two or fewer 5-on-5 goals in each of its last 10 contests.
- Iowa’s current seven-game home winning streak is the second-longest active stretch in the AHL.
- Stockton is the first team in the AHL with four skaters with 15 or more goals (Buddy Robinson, Glenn Gawdin, Byron Froese, Luke Philp).
- The Wild’s power-play goal in the second period Saturday snapped a streak of 31 successful penalty kills for the Heat.
- Saturday’s game marked just the second time all season the Heat lost in regulation when scoring first.
- Forward Byron Froese is in the midst of a five-game point streak, recording eight points (3g, 5a) and three multi-point contests during that stretch.
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.