GAME PREVIEW - SAN ANTONIO AT IOWA 11.2.17Nov 2, 2017
San Antonio Rampage (6-2-0-0, 12 points) at Iowa Wild (2-5-2-0, 6 Points)
Iowa returns home for a five-game home stand starting with a two-game set on Thursday and Friday by welcoming San Antonio. The Wild is coming off a 5-4 OT loss at Tucson on Saturday night, while the Rampage suffered a 5-3 setback at home with San Diego last Saturday. Thursday marks the beginning of a five-game road trip for the Pacific Division leaders, who will also make stops in Grand Rapids, Rockford and Chicago before heading back to Texas.
The Wild and Rampage played a total of four games last season, with Iowa claiming the season series 3-1-0-0. The Rampage took the first meeting of the year before Iowa stormed back with three straight to take the season series. The Wild is 9-9-2-2 in the all-time series, including a mark of 4-6-1-0 in Des Moines. The Rampage is 13-4-2-3 all-time with a 7-3-0-1 record at Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa is 1-2-2-0 over the last five games and the team plays 12 of its first 15 games at Well Fargo Arena. The Wild ranks in the bottom third for goals against (3.78 GAA – 27th) and for goals per game (2.67 GPG – 23rd). San Antonio sits in the top five for goals against average (2.38 GAA – 3rd) and close to the top ten for goals per game (3.38 GPG – 11th).
Team Date Time Radio / TV
vs. San Antonio 11/2 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. San Antonio 11/3 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Rockford 11/9 10:30 AM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Cleveland 11/11 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Cleveland 11/12 5:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
10.26.17: Delete –F Dante Salituro and Evan Janssen – reassigned to Rapid City (ECHL)
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild were defeated by the Tucson Roadrunners 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night at the Tucson Convention Center Arena. Tucson forward Ryan MacInnis scored 3:19 into overtime, propelling his club past the Wild and extending the Roadrunners point streak to six games. Iowa saw its 4-3 lead disappear in the last minute of play, as Tucson forward Michael Latta scored his second goal of the game with 1:06 left in regulation to force OT. Iowa center Cal O’Reilly scored a power-play goal with just under six minutes remaining, breaking a 3-3 tie and pushing Iowa in front by one. He also added two assists for a three-point night. Tucson goalie Hunter Miska stopped 37 for the win. Wild goaltender Adam Vay made 29 saves and suffered the loss in his AHL/ Wild debut. Wild forwards Sam Anas finished with three assists, as Iowa dropped to 0-2-1-0 on the road this season.
Left wing Colton Beck leads Iowa in scoring with six goals and eight points in the first nine outings of the season. Veteran forwards Pat Cannone and Cal O’Reilly are tied for second on the team in scoring with six points each. O’Reilly leds the team with four assists in eight games. Rookie defenseman Brennan Menell is in fourth in scoring with two goals and is tied for second on the club with three assists for a total of five points. Beck is also tied for the team lead with a +6, joined by rookie defenseman Carson Soucy. Veteran forward Ryan Malone paces the club with 16 penalty minutes.
Goalie Niklas Svedberg is 2-5-1 with a 2.94 GAA and a .900 SV%. Adam Vay is 0-0-1 with a 4.74 GAA and a .853 SV %.
Iowa’s power play is 29th in the league, going 4-for-49 (8.2%). The Wild ranks 2nd on the penalty kill, going 40 of 45 (88.9%).
● Goalie Adam Vay became the fifth player from Hungary to make his AHL debut on Saturday in Tucson.
● Iowa’s all-time record in the month of November is 11-35-2-4.
San Antonio Rampage
The Rampage is acting as a dual affiliate for both the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues. San Antonio’s leading scorer is Andrew Agozzino, who has eight points (2g-6a) in seven games played. Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz is second on the team with seven points (2g-5a) in eight outings. Left wing Samuel Blais and right wing Klim Kostin are tied for third in points with six each. Blais leads the club with four goals. Defenseman Nicholas Meloche leads the Rampage with 26 penalty minutes in five games played.
Spencer Martin and Joe Cannata see time in the Rampage crease. Martin is 4-1-0 with a 2.23 GAA and a .908 SV %. Recently recalled to St. Louis, Ville Husso was 2-1-0 with a 2.69 GAA and a .927 SV%.
San Antonio’s power play is 15th, going 6-for-35 (17.1%). The Rampage ranks 1st on the penalty kill, going 40 of 44 (93.1%).