GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD vs. TUCSON ROADRUNNERSMar 19, 2019
Iowa Wild (33-18-7-5; 78 pts.) vs. Tucson Roadrunners (27-22-5-2; 61 pts.)
Iowa and Tucson will face off for the first time in the 2018-19 season in Arizona Tuesday evening. Heading into the first of four meetings between these two clubs, the Wild sit in second place in the Central Division with 78 points while the Roadrunners are fifth in the Pacific with 61 points. Iowa is 0-3-1-0 all-time against Tucson.
The Wild pushed its home point streak to nine games as the team defeated the San Antonio Rampage by a score of 6-3 Friday evening. Defenseman Brennan Menell and forward Sam Anas each recorded a four-point night (4a and 2g, 2a, respectively) and forwards Gerry Mayhew and Kyle Rau each had a three-point contest (2g, 1a and 1g, 2a, respectively). Goaltender Andrew Hammond won his fifth successive contest, stopping 19 of 22 shots.
- Goaltender Andrew Hammond’s five-game win streak is tied for the longest such stretch in team history.
- With his two goals on Friday, forward Sam Anas became just the second player in team history to record 50 goals in a Wild career (other: Zack Mitchell).
- Defenseman Brennan Menell has 37 points (2g, 35a) this season, tied for the most in a single season by a Wild blueliner.
- In its past six games, Iowa has recorded 14 power-play goals in 32 attempts, converting on 43.8 percent of man advantages.
- Iowa owns 10 of the Central’s 32 wins against the Pacific Division.
- Tucson defeated the Stockton Heat by a score of 5-2 on March 16.
- The Roadrunners are paced by forward Emil Pettersson, who has 38 points (11g, 27a) in 59 games and he has five assists in 10 games since being traded to Tucson on Feb. 8.
- Forward Lane Pederson has five points (2g, 3a) in his last two games.
- Tucson has allowed just 74 goals on home ice this season, third-fewest in the AHL.
The Iowa Wild 2018-19 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.