STAAL SCORES OVERTIME WINNER AS WILD DEFEAT WOLVES, 3-2Jan 15, 2022
DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Wild (14-13-2-2; 32 pts.) beat the Chicago Wolves (23-6-2-1; 49 pts.) 3-2 in overtime at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Jan. 15. Wild forward Eric Staal’s game-winning goal in overtime marked his second goal in as many nights. Iowa forward Kyle Rau scored his 72nd goal as a member of the Wild, placing him in a tie with former Iowa forward Sam Anas for the second-most goals scored in franchise history.
Chicago outshot Iowa 11-7 in the first period but no goals were scored in the stanza.
In the second period, Wild forward Nick Swaney made a slick move at the Wolves' blue line and fed Rau at the left post. Rau finished the chance to give Iowa a 1-0 lead at 8:43 of the second period. Swaney and Iowa defenseman Brenden Miller recorded assists on the play.
The Wild carried a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. Iowa outshot Chicago 15-9 in the second period. Shots through two periods were 22-20 in favor of the Wild.
Chicago forward Stefan Noesen beat Wild goaltender Hunter Jones (27 saves) at 14:32 of the third period to tie the game at one goal apiece.
Shortly thereafter, Wolves forward David Gust scored to give Chicago a 2-1 lead at 15:58 of the third period.
Wild forward Marco Rossi beat Wolves goaltender Alex Lyon (26 saves) on a rebound chance created by a shot off the stick of Iowa forward Mitchell Chaffee at 16:29 of the third period. His tally tied the game, 2-2. Chaffee was credited with the lone assist on Rossi’s goal.
Both teams headed into overtime tied 2-2. Shots in the third period were 9-6 in favor of Chicago. The Wolves outshot the Wild 29-28 in regulation.
At 1:16 of the overtime period, Wild forward Eric Staal entered the Wolves zone on a 2-on-1 chance with Wild forward Adam Beckman. Staal patiently moved into the slot and beat Lyon with a wrist shot to give Iowa a 3-2 overtime victory.
Iowa outshot Chicago 1-0 in overtime but both teams recorded 29 shots on the night.
The Wild were 0-for-3 on the power play and the Wolves did not have a power play chance in the game.
Up next, Iowa plays the Milwaukee Admirals at Wells Fargo Arena on Monday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. CT.
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