IOWA EDGES MANITOBA 2-1 IN PRESEASON FINALESep 30, 2017
Iowa Opens the Season Saturday at 7 PM With Milwaukee
FARGO, ND– The Iowa Wild (1-1-0-0, 2 points) defeated the Manitoba Moose (1-1-0-0, 2 points) 2-1 on Saturday night in a preseason game at Scheels Arena. Wild forwards Mario Lucia and Chase Lang each scored 1:09 apart in the second period to break open a scoreless game and Iowa held off a late push from the Manitoba for the victory. Iowa goalies Adam Vay and Christian Frey combined for 25 saves on 26 shots, with Frey getting the win. Vay made six saves in first period of play, while Christian Frey stopped 19 in the final two periods. Manitoba goalie Eric Comrie stopped 22 shots for the loss. Iowa begins its fifth anniversary season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7 PM by hosting Milwaukee at Wells Fargo Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Iowa goalie Christian Frey relieved Adam Vay in the Wild crease to open the middle frame. Iowa started the scoring with a pair of goals just 1:08 apart early in the second period. The Wild claimed a 1-0 lead at 5:17 as defenseman Matt Caito hit Mario Lucia with a stretch pass to center. Lucia dropped the puck to defenseman Brennan Mennell who carried into the Manitoba zone on the right side. Mennell slipped a pass into the high slot for Lucia, who snapped a wrist shot past Eric Comrie for the 1-0 lead. The Wild crashed the net for its second goal of the evening with heavy pressure from Chase Lang and Derik Angeli. Defenseman Dylan Labbe played the puck down towards the net and Lang potted a rebound off an Angeli shot for the 2-0 lead at 6:09.
In the last minute of the third period the Moose capitalized on a late 6-on-4 power play after pulling Comrie for the extra skater. Forward Chase De Leo spoiled Iowa’s shutout bid by beating Frey at 19:24 for the 2-1 final score.
Opening Night 2017 for the Iowa Wild is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7 with a visit from the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Opening night and the Wild’s fifth anniversary season is presented by Mercy and Bankers Trust. Brother Trucker is set to kickoff the Local Concert series with a live performance from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the South Concourse. Fans may purchase two tallboys for $10 for the Local Concert series. The first 1,500 fans to arrive at the game receive a five-year anniversary banner sponsored by Bankers Trust. It is also a Jim Beam night where fans may purchase a $5 Jim Beam vanilla or a $10 Jim Beam vanilla in a mason jar. The Brewdog pack is also available for purchase at the game.
Iowa welcomes Milwaukee again on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. It’s Kids Fall Festival night. The first 1,500 fans to arrive at the game receive an Iowa Wild cling schedule sponsored by BUS 100.3 and Hicklin Garage. Fans may bring in a Subway receipt and purchase a ticket for only $5. The Subway combo pack is also available for purchase at the game. There is a postgame skate following the conclusion of the game presented by Smock Industries and NASH Icon.
Opening Night 2017 for the Iowa Wild is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7 with a visit from the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Follow the Iowa Wild on Twitter @IAWILD or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iawild.
The Iowa Wild 2017-18 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 2017-18 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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