THIS DATE IN WILD HISTORY - APRIL 13Apr 13, 2020
2019 – Iowa Wild (3) at Grand Rapids Griffins (0)
One day following the Wild’s 2-1 overtime victory against the Chicago Wolves, arguably the greatest moment in franchise history, the Wild secured its first-ever Calder Cup playoff appearance when the team shut out the Rockford IceHogs by a score of 3-0. Mason Shaw opened the scoring midway through the first period and then Gerry Mayhew added an insurance goal less than four minutes into the second. Will Bitten then sealed the deal with a tally less than three minutes into the third period. The Wild’s victory, coupled with a loss by Grand Rapids, clinched Iowa’s playoff spot for the first time in team history.
2018 – Iowa Wild (3) vs. Milwaukee Admirals (0)
In the final home contest of the 2018 season, the Wild set a franchise mark for home wins in a season (eventually broken in 2019) in a 3-0 shutout of the Milwaukee Admirals. Forwards Pat Cannone, Cal O’Reilly and Kyle Rau all potted tallies en route to CJ Motte’s second shutout of the season. The 8,505 fans in attendance also helped the Wild set a new franchise record for attendance, also broken once again in 2019.
2017 – Iowa Wild (1) vs. Chicago Wolves (2)
All three goals came in the first period in the contest, with the Wolves ultimately locking down their own zone after the first 20 minutes. Iowa’s Jeff Hoggan scored less than 90 seconds into the contest, but Chicago’s Wade Megan tied the game at 1-1 just after the midway point in the first period and then Sammy Blais added the game-winning goal late in the opening frame. From there, Ville Husso stopped the rest of the Wild’s shots to earn the victory.
2016 – Iowa Wild (1) vs. Rockford IceHogs (2)
On this date in 2016, the Wild and IceHogs played an extremely tight contest that felt like playoff hockey, but ultimately, a late goal by Rockford gave the visitors a 2-1 victory. Nick Saracino scored the lone goal for the Wild, knotting the game at 1-1 late in the first period. That score held until there were less than six minutes in the contest, when Tyler Motte scored a power-play goal, snapping a streak of seven straight kills for the Wild.
2014 – Iowa Wild (0) vs. Milwaukee Admirals (3)
In the penultimate home game for the Wild in 2014, the team fell to the Milwaukee Admirals by a score of 3-0. Goaltender Scott Darling earned the win for the Admirals and his third shutout against the Wild that season. For the Wild, goaltender Joel Martin suffered his second loss of the season.