WILD BESTS WESTERN CONFERENCE LEADERS 4-2Feb 10, 2017
The Iowa Wild (25-19-5-1, 56 points) defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins (30-14-1-2, 63 points) 4-2 in front of 7,078 fans on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Rookie Alex Tuch returned from the NHL and led Iowa with a goal and an assist as the Wild beat the Western Conference leaders. With the win, Iowa’s point streak extends to ten games (7-0-3-0), tying a club record. Wild goalie Steve Michalek (10-9-1) stopped 31 of 33 shots in the victory. Defensemen Maxime Fortunus and Mike Reilly each scored in the win, helping to improve Iowa’s home record to 10-12-3-1. Teemu Pulkkinen also added an empty-net goal for Iowa in the win. The Wild now has points in 14 of its last 15 games (11-1-3-0). Griffins goalie Eddie Pasquale (11-5-3) stopped 26 of 30 shots in the defeat. Forwards Martin Frk and Evgeny Svechnikov each scored for the Griffins in the loss. Iowa and Grand Rapids rematch on Saturday at 7 PM in Des Moines.
Iowa defenseman Maxime Fortunus opened the scoring at 3:54 of the first period, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. Fortunus’ third goal of the year was set up by forward Alex Tuch. Wild defenseman Mike Reilly extended Iowa’s lead to 2-0 at 17:49 of the first period. Defenseman Mike Weber helped set up Reilly’s fifth goal of the season. Weber made a cross-ice pass to Reilly at the right point.
Griffins right wing Martin Frk made it a 2-1 game at 10:15 of the second period. Frk’s 17th goal of the season was assisted by forwards Tomas Nosek and Matt Lorito.
Griffins right wing Evgeny Svechnikov scored his 14th goal of the year at 1:18 of the third period, tying the game 2-2. The goal was assisted by defenseman Nathan Paetsch and Joe Hicketts. At 7:39 of the period, Tuch’s 12th goal of the season gave Iowa a 3-2 lead. The power-play goal was set up by defenseman Zach Palmquist and forward Grayson Downing. Tuch shot the puck and Palmquist passed it back to Tuch who scored from the right-wing circle. Wild forward Teemu Pulkkinen scored an empty-net goal at 19:17 of the third period for a 4-2 final score. Both Weber and Tuch each helped set up Pulkkinen’s 15th goal of the year.
On Feb. 11 at 7 PM the Wild and Griffins meet again as the team celebrates Pink in the Rink Night in a partnership with Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa. Pink in the Rink is sponsored by KISS FM, Ankeny Allstate, UnitedHealthcare, Edwards, Universal Printing and Platos Closet. The team dons “Pink In The Rink” themed jerseys, which are auctioned off after the game in a live postgame jersey auction. The first 7,500 fans to the game receive a Pink LED giveaway, sponsored by Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa, KISS FM and Food Dudes. Fans 21 and over may enjoy Jim Beam Drink specials, sponsored by NASH FM. The Brewdog pack is also available, where fans get a ticket to the game, hot dog voucher, beer at the game and a voucher for a drink at Legends.
2016-17 Iowa Wild regular season single-game tickets are on sale now. Follow the Iowa Wild on Twitter @IAWILD or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iawild.
The Iowa Wild 2016-17 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 2016-17 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.
Fans may purchase single-game tickets multiple ways, either through the team's website – www.Iowawild.com, the Wells Fargo Arena box office or participating Hy-Vee food stores. Tickets are available online at www.Iowawild.com under the single game tickets tab. The Wells Fargo Arena box office is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For Saturday game days, the box office will open at 10 a.m. For Sunday game days the box office will open at 12 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling 1-844-55-HYVEE or by visiting participating Hy-Vee food stores locations in the greater Des Moines area. Those interested may also visit www.hy-veetix.com. Fans interested in buying full-season tickets, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700.
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