IOWA FALLS TO MILWAUKEE 3-2 IN THE SHOOTOUTNov 21, 2018
-Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen’s shutout streak ends at 222:22-
DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa Wild (11-4-1-1; 24 pts.) fell to the Milwaukee Admirals (11-6-3-0; 25 pts.) in the shootout Wednesday night by a score of 3-2.
For the fourth consecutive game and 12th time in 17 games, Iowa registered the first goal of the game. At 13:59 in the first period, defenseman Hunter Warner ripped a shot on net that was saved by goaltender Troy Grosenick (29 saves). The rebound found the stick of forward Mike Liambas, who beat Grosenick blocker side for his fourth goal of the season. Forward Gerry Mayhew also earned an assist on the play.
Milwaukee tied the game up 28 seconds later when winger Tanner Jeannot found the back of the net. Jeannot cashed in on a rebound off goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (31 saves), beating him short side to bring the game to 1-1. The goal capped Kahkonen’s shutout streak at 222:22, setting a new franchise record.
Admirals leading scorer Matt Donovan added to his total at 17:53 in the first period, notching his seventh goal of the season, coming on the power play. Donovan received a pass from defenseman Frederic Allard and put a slapshot in the top left corner of the net, giving the home team a 2-1 lead.
Through the first 20 minutes of play, Milwaukee held a 2-1 lead and a 13-9 shot advantage.
Wild forward Cal O’Reilly tied the game at 2-2 with a tally at 5:48 in the middle frame. While on the power play, O’Reilly received a cross-ice pass from winger Sam Anas and walked to the left faceoff circle before releasing a wrist shot on net. The puck beat Grosenick high stick side for his fourth goal of the season. Anas’s primary assist was his 100th career AHL point, while defenseman Ryan Murphy recorded the secondary helper.
At the end of the second period, the score was tied at 2-2 and shots were tied at 23-23.
With no scoring in the third period or in overtime, the game was decided in the shootout. The final shot total was 34-31 in favor of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee forward Justin Kirkland scored the lone goal in the shootout, wristing the puck over Kahkonen’s shoulder. Anas, forward Gerry Fitzgerald and forward Matt Read all took a shot in the shootout but failed to score.
Iowa’s 24 points is good for second in the division and trail the Admirals by just one point for first place in the Central. By earning a point in the shootout, Iowa has earned points in six consecutive games against Milwaukee.
The Wild face off against the Manitoba Moose Friday evening, with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.
The Iowa Wild 2018-19 season is presented by Mercy 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.