GRAOVAC HAT TRICK HELPS IOWA EARN POINT IN OT LOSS AT CHICAGO
Iowa Heads to Rockford on SaturdayFeb 26, 2017
ROSEMONT, IL – The Iowa Wild (26-23-6-2, 60 points) were defeated by the Chicago Wolves (33-17-4-3, 73 points) 4-3 in overtime on Sunday in front of 7,006 fans at Allstate Arena. Center Wade Megan capped off a Chicago comeback, scoring his second goal of the game 24 seconds into overtime and lifting the Wolves over the Wild. Chicago defenseman Vince Dunn scored twice in the third period, helping his club erase a 3-1 deficit and force overtime. The Wild still earns a point in the overtime loss, largely in part due to the Tyler Graovac’s hat trick, the second in team history. Chicago goalie Jordan Binnington (10-6-4) stopped 25 of 28 shots for the win, his club’s fifth straight over Iowa this season. Iowa goalie Alex Stalock (16-12-7) made 19 saves in defeat. Iowa plays in Rockford on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 7 pm.
The Wolves gained the lead at 14:36 with a deflected shot by Wade Megan, his team leading 24thgoal of the season. Chicago Kenny Agostino played the puck to the point and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz launched a shot towards the Iowa net. Megan tipped the puck past Stalock for the game’s first goal and a 1-0 lead.
The Wild evened the scoreboard just 1:37 into the middle frame off Tyler Graovac’s second goal in as many nights. Center Grayson Downing started the play, carrying the puck out of the Iowa zone and up the right-wing wall. Downing swept in over the Chicago blue line and snuck a pass to the slot for Graovac, who tapped the puck past Binnington for his fifth goal of the season and a 1-1 tie. Iowa used its power play to take the club’s first lead of the night at 16:25 of the middle period. Off a faceoff, defenseman Gustav Olofsson played the puck to the front of the Chicago net. Graovac, camped out in the crease, took the pass and slipped a backhand shot past Binnington for his second goal of the night and sixth goal of the season, giving Iowa a 2-1 lead.
Graovac completed the second hat trick in Iowa history merely 0:34 into the final period. Iowa’s Teemu Pulkkinen sent a cross-ice pass to Zack Mitchell in the right-wing circle of the Chicago zone. Mitchell found Graovac in front of the net on the backdoor feed. Graovac tapped in the power-play tally for his sixth goal of the season and a 3-1 lead. Chicago used its power play to pull within a goal at 6:31 of the third period. Center Wade Megan won an offensive faceoff back to Schmaltz. He worked the puck to the point, where defenseman Vince Dunn blasted his 10thgoal of the season past Stalock for the 3-2 game. The Wolves took advantage of a late power play, tying the game 3-3 with 2:24 remaining in regulation. Rookie Samuel Blais and Agostino helped work the puck to the point for Dunn. He fired a shot past Stalock for his second of the game and 11th goal of the season for the 3-3 score.
Just 24 seconds into overtime the Wolves sealed the comeback win. Schmaltz played the puck to the Iowa net and Megan tipped it past goalie Alex Stalock for the 4-3 final.
After a six-game road trip with stops in Chicago, Rockford, Texas and Milwaukee, Iowa returns home to play the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, Mar. 18 at 6 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. The St. Patrick’s Day game features a postgame concert with Gaelic Storm, sponsored by 100.3 The Bus, Jim Beam and My Satellite Guy. VIP packages are available starting at $20. The first 1,500 fans to the game receive an Iowa Wild Irish themed hat, sponsored by 95 KGGO and LIUNA. In a partnership with Jim Beam and NASH FM, fans 21 and older are able to purchase the “The Big Ginger” drink special. It is also Jim Beam Night. Subway Combo Packs are available for purchase at the game. Brewdog packs are also available for purchase at the game, presented by Legends American Grill and Bud Light. The Wild will also don St. Patrick’s Day themed specialty jerseys for the game. The team wears the specialty jerseys for all three home games in March, culminating with a live postgame jersey auction on Saturday, Mar. 31.
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The Iowa Wild 2016-17 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center: and runs from October through April. Fans may purchase seats to see any of the team’s 38 regular season home games at Wells Fargo Arena. Season tickets to see the Wild play its 2016-17 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $10 per game. For more information on tickets, including ticket plans and group seating, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.
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