GAME PREVIEW - ONTARIO AT IOWA 10.13.17Oct 13, 2017
Projected Iowa Wild Lines
Ontario Reign (0-1-0-0, 0 Points) at Iowa Wild (0-2-0-0, 0 Points)
Iowa concludes a three-game home stand by welcoming the Ontario Reign to Wells Fargo on Friday evening. It’s the first of two meetings this season. Iowa will visit Ontario on Feb. 3 to wrap-up the two-game season series. The Wild is coming off back-to-back losses at home with a visit from Milwaukee for opening weekend. Iowa makes a trip to Rockford for its first road game of the season this Saturday. The Reign is coming off 2-1 defeat in San Antonio on Saturday night. Ontario opens the season with three straight on the road, concluding the trip in Chicago this Saturday.
The Wild and Reign met twice in in 2016-17 with the Reign sweeping the season series. Iowa managed a point in the season series, falling 6-5 in a shootout in November of 2016. The Reign handed Iowa a 3-1 defeat in February of 2017 to take the season series.
Iowa opens the season with six of the first seven games at home. Ontario begins the season with five of its first seven games on the road.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
vs. Ontario 10/13 7:00 PM CT iHeartRadio Stream
at Rockford 10/14 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Manitoba 10/20 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Manitoba 10/21 7:00 PM CT KKNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Rockford 10/25 7:00 PM CT KKNO / iHeartRadio
10.12.17: Delete – D Gustav Bouramman – assigned to Rapid City (ECHL)
10.13.17: Delete – F Luke Kunin – recalled to Minnesota (NHL)
10.13.17: Add – D Mike Reilly – assigned by Minnesota (NHL)
10.13.17: Add – F Dante Salituro – recalled from Rapid City (ECHL)
10.13.17: Add – F Evan Janssen – recalled from Rapid City (ECHL)
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals 5-4 in front of 4,212 fans on Sunday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Despite a late charge with two goals in the last four minutes, Iowa was swept in the weekend series by Milwaukee. Admirals forward Frederick Gaudreau tallied a goal and an assist in the win over the Wild. Defenseman Trevor Murphy tallied two assists to help lead Milwaukee to victory. Admirals goalie Anders Lindback stopped 22 of 26 shots in the win. Wild goalie Niklas Svedberg stopped 18 of 22 shots in the defeat. Forward Pat Cannone scored twice in the Iowa loss. Iowa rookie defenseman Brennan Menell scored his first pro goal and added an assist for his first pro points.
Veteran forward Pat Cannone leads Iowa in goals with two. Rookie forward Gerald Mayhew, rookie defenseman Brennan Menell, as well as veteran forward Cal O'Reilly have also scored once this season. Cannone, Mayhew, Menell and forward Colton Beck lead Iowa in points with two a piece. Forward Ryan Malone leads the team in penalty minutes with 14.
Goalie Niklas Svedberg is 0-2-0 with a 4.17 GAA and a .830 SV%.
Iowa’s power play sits at tied 22nd in the league after going 0-for-12 in the first two games of the season. The Wild’s penalty kill sits at tied for 17th in the league after stopping nine of eleven in the first two games of the season (81.8%).
● Iowa is looking for its first ever victory over Ontario in three meetings.
Ontario’s roster features nine rookies and 11 returning players from last year’s squad that posted a 36-21-10-1 record, good enough to make the Calder Cup Playoffs. The massive team also features five players over 6-foot-5. Former Iowa Wild veteran Brett Sutter is the Captain of the Reign and is now in his third season with the team after he was traded by Minnesota to the LA Kings at the deadline in 2015. He had 18 goals and 36 points last season.
Reign goalie Jack Campbell returns, he was 31-15-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .914 SV% in 2016-17.
Ontario’s power play is tied for 22nd, going 0-for-3 (0.0%) in their only outing this season. The Reign has yet to go on the power play this season.