PREVIEW - MANITOBA AT IOWA 10.20.17Oct 20, 2017
Projected Iowa Wild Lines
Projected Manitoba Moose Lines
Manitoba Moose (2-2-0-0, 4 points) at Iowa Wild (1-3-0-0, 2 Points)
Iowa returns home for a pair of games with Manitoba on Friday and Saturday after playing its first road game in Rockford on Saturday night – a 7-4 defeat to the Hogs. Friday’s game marks the first of three straight at home with the final game of the home stand on Wednesday versus Rockford. The Moose is coming off a split at home with Cleveland last weekend, including the last outing – a 4-1 win at home on Sunday.
The Wild and the Moose met eight times over the last two seasons, with Iowa taking seven of the eight all-time meetings. The two division rivals will collide eight times in 2017-18. Iowa claimed six of eight meetings in 2016-17, including a 2-2-0-0 mark at Wells Fargo Arena. Manitoba is 1-5-1-1 all-time against Iowa, including a 2-1-0-1 last season in Des Moines with a 3-4-0-1 mark all-time in Iowa.
Iowa opens the season with six of the first seven games at home. Manitoba begins the season with five of its first seven games on the road.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
vs. Manitoba 10/20 7:00 PM CT iHeartRadio Web Stream
vs. Manitoba 10/21 7:00 PM CT KKNO / iHeartRadio / MC22
vs. Rockford 10/25 7:00 PM CT KKNO / iHeartRadio
at Tucson 10/27 9:05 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Tucson 10/28 9:05 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
10.15.17: Delete – D Mike Reilly – recalled by Minnesota (NHL)
10.19.17: Delete – F Luke Kunin – recalled to Minnesota (NHL)
10.19.17: Delete – F Zack Mitchell, F Landon Ferraro & Christoph Bertschy – recalled to Minnesota (NHL)
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild were defeated by the Rockford IceHogs 7-4 in front of 4,687 fans on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Despite four even strength goals and a balanced offensive output, special teams proved to be the difference as Rockford scored twice on the power play and its shorthanded goal midway through the third period was the difference maker. Former Wild forward Tyler SIkura scored the shorthanded goal 10:07 into the third period, breaking a 4-4 tie and propelling the Hogs past the Wild. In its home opener, Rockford rookie center Matthew Highmore scored twice and the Hogs added two late empty-net goals to win by three. In the first Iowa road game of the season, defensemen Alex Grant had a goal and an assist, while center Cal O’Reilly and left wing Ryan Malone each set up two tallies for multi-point nights. Defenseman Mike Reilly, as well as forwards Colton Beck and Justin Kloos each chipped in with a goal. IceHogs goalie J.F. Berube stopped 27 of 31 shots in the win. Wild goaltender Niklas Svedberg made a season-high 39 saves on 44 shots in defeat.
Veteran forward Pat Cannone leads Iowa in scoring with three goals and five points in the first four outings of the season. Left wing Colton Beck is second with two goals and two assists for four points in four games. Right wing Gerald Mayhew, defenseman Brennen Mennell and center Cal O’Reilly are tied for third in scoring with three points apiece. Each has a goal and two assists in four games. Rookie defenseman Carson Soucy leads the team with a +5 rating and veteran forward Ryan Malone leads the club with 14 penalty minutes.
Goalie Niklas Svedberg is 1-3-0 with a 3.34 GAA and a .890 SV%.
Iowa’s power play is mired in a 0-20 slump through the first four games of the season, ranking tied for 28th in the AHL. Iowa is one of three AHL teams still looking for its first power-play goal this season. The Wild penalty kill has gone 20 of 24, which sits 17th in the league at 83.3%.
● To date, the team that scores first in the AHL wins 71.3% of the time.
Second-year forwards Jack Roslovic (2g-3a), Kyle Connor (3g,2a) and left wing Brendan Lemiuex (3g,2a) lead the Moose in scoring with five points each through the first four games of the season. Veteran center Mike Sgarbossa (2g-2a) and rookie defenseman Sami Niku are tied for fourth in team scoring with four points each. Niku has a team-high four assists. The club returns 10 players from last year’s squad.
Goalies Eric Comrie and Michael Hutchinson split time in net. Comrie is 1-1-0 with a 3.03 GAA and a .882 SV %. Hutchinson is 1-1-0 with a 3.06 GAA and a .915 SV%.
Manitoba’s power play is tied for 16th, going 4-for-22 (18.2%). The Moose are 20th on the penalty kill going 12 of 15 (80.0%)