Jan 6, 2024


DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Wild fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena by a 4-1 score for the second straight night. Sammy Walker scored Iowa’s lone goal. 

Jonatan Berggren and the Griffins took a 1-0 lead 3:25 into the game when Berggren walked off the wall and tucked a shot under the blocker of Jesper Wallstedt (25 saves). 

Iowa nearly tied the game with seconds remaining in the period, but a Grand Rapids defenseman pulled the puck off the goal line to preserve the one-goal advantage. 

The Wild outshot the Griffins 12-7 in the opening frame. 

Grand Rapids added a second goal 5:17 into the second when Joel L’Esperance hammered a one-timer from the right hash inside the far post on the power play. 

Carter Mazur finished off a backdoor pass from Albert Johansson to put the Griffins up 3-0 at 8:51.  

Walker pulled Iowa back within two goals with a breakaway wrist shot under the blocker of Michael Hutchinson (29 saves) with 6:03 to play in the middle frame. 

Grand Rapids led 3-1 and held a 21-20 shot advantage through 40 minutes.  

Josiah Didier capped the scoring with a full-length shorthanded empty-net goal with 4:50 remaining. 

Iowa outshot Grand Rapids 30-29. The Wild went 0-for-4 on the man advantage while the Griffins were 1-for-3 on the power play. 

Iowa kicks off a five-game road trip on Friday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. with a visit to Pechanga Arena to take on the San Diego Gulls. 

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