Apr 1, 2023



DES MOINES, Iowa – Nic Petan scored twice and assisted on two goals to propel the Iowa Wild to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Gulls at Wells Fargo Arena Saturday night. Jesper Wallstedt saved 17 shots to earn the victory. 

Joe Hicketts got the scoring started for Iowa with 1:33 remaining in the opening period when he blasted the rebound of a Nick Swaney shot past Gage Alexander (17 saves). Petan picked up his first assist of the game on the goal. 

The Wild led 1-0 through 20 minutes. San Diego outshot Iowa 7-4 in the first period. 

Glenn Gawdin tied the contest for the Gulls at 7:26 of the second period with a power-play goal. 

Swaney put Iowa back on top when Steven Fogarty wristed a shot from the high slot that deflected off of him and in with 7:02 to play in the second. Petan added a secondary assist on the play. 

Petan scored a pair of power-play goals 38 seconds apart to blow the game open and give Iowa a 4-1 lead. With the Wild up on a 5-on-3, Hicketts and Marco Rossi combined to set up Petan in the right circle for a one-timer past the glove of Alexander at 17:11. Petan’s second tally was nearly a mirror image of the first, with Rossi and Fogarty earning assists on another one-time finish from the right circle. 

Iowa held a 4-1 lead and an 18-13 shot advantage through two periods. 

Mitchell Balmas made it 5-1 at 4:47 of the third period. Rossi corralled a loose puck and sent a pass up to Daemon Hunt, who found Balmas for a one-timer between the circles.  

Calle Clang (four saves) finished the game in net for San Diego. 

Iowa outshot San Diego 26-18. The Wild went 2-for-4 on the power play while the Gulls were 1-for-2 on the man advantage. 

Iowa and San Diego face off again Sunday, Apr. 2 at 3 p.m. on Pucks ‘N Paws Day, presented by Fleet Farm.

Iowa Wild hockey is presented by MercyOne. For more information, please visit www.iowawild.com. Fans can purchase single-game tickets through the team’s website at www.iowawild.com. Group tickets (10 or more), suites, Wild 365 memberships or premium tickets can be purchased by contacting the Iowa Wild Ticket Department at 515-564-8700 or tickets@iowawild.com. Season tickets for 2023-24 are on sale now. Fans can purchase season tickets for the upcoming season at https://www.iowawild.com/wild-365. 

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