THIS DATE IN WILD HISTORY - APRIL 9Apr 9, 2020
2019 – Minnesota reassigns Donato, Greenway, Kunin to Iowa
On this date in 2019, the Minnesota Wild season was completed and after exit interviews, the organization sent down Ryan Donato, Jordan Greenway and Luke Kunin to Iowa for a few more games. A combined 217 NHL games played between the trio, they proved to be exactly what Iowa needed down the final stretch of its playoff push, providing skill, size and depth the organization had rarely seen before.
2017 – Iowa Wild (3) vs. Milwaukee Admirals (2)
Alex Tuch played the hero as the Wild sunk the Admirals at Wells Fargo Arena by a score of 3-2 on this date in 2017. Luke Kunin and Colton Beck scored for the Wild within the first two minutes of the contest, but Milwaukee started to cut into that lead, scoring late in the first and then adding the equalizer late in the second. After a scoreless third, the two teams headed to overtime. In the extra frame, Tuch did it all himself, scoring an unassisted, game-winning goal.
2016 – Iowa Wild (3) at San Antonio Rampage (4)
The Wild suffered a 4-3 overtime loss at the hands of the San Antonio Rampage on this date in 2016. Colton Beck and Zack Mitchell allowed the Wild to take a 2-0 lead before the game was even eight minutes old, but goals in the first and second period by the Rampage evened up the score when the third period started. Beck added his second of the contest to give the visitors a 3-2 lead, but San Antonio found the back of the net with just 35 seconds left to play, scored by a rookie named Mikko Rantanen, forcing overtime in the process. A goal by Garry Nunn, his second of the contest, then lifted the Rampage over the Wild.
2015 – Iowa Wild (3) vs. Rockford IceHogs (5)
Five different goal scorers by the IceHogs helped lift the team against the Wild in a 5-3 defeat on this date in 2015. The Wild had two goals from captain Stephane Veilleux and added a third from Ruslan Fedotenko, but two goals in the first and three in the second by Rockford were just too much for Iowa to overcome.