WILD FALL TO EAGLES IN COLORADO, 2-1Jan 21, 2022
LOVELAND, Colo. – Iowa Wild (15-15-2-2; 34 pts.) were narrowly defeated by the Colorado Eagles (17-11-3-2; 39 pts.) at Budweiser Events Center on Friday, Jan. 21, 2-1. Wild goaltender Zane McIntyre made 25 saves and Wild forward Adam Beckman scored Iowa’s only goal in the loss.
Beckman accepted a pass from Wild defenseman Turner Ottenbreit, skated into the right circle and ripped a wrist shot past Eagles goaltender Justus Annunen (31 saves) at 14:31 of the first period. Beckman’s tally gave Iowa a 1-0 lead over Colorado. Ottenbreit recorded the lone assist on the tally.
Eagles forward Sampo Ranta tied the game 1-1 with 10-seconds remaining in the first period when he backhanded a loose puck in front past McIntyre.
Colorado and Iowa headed into the first intermission knotted up at one goal apiece. The Eagles outshot the Wild 11-6 in the first period.
Eagles defenseman Jordan Gross beat McIntyre with a slap shot at 2:16 of the second period to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.
At the end of two periods, Colorado led Iowa by a score of 2-1. Shots in the second period were 19-7 in favor of the Wild. Iowa led 25-18 in shots through two periods.
Down 2-1 late in the third period, the Wild pulled McIntyre for the extra attacker on two separate occasions in the final 1:15 of the game. However, Iowa was unable to beat Annunen to tie the game and the Eagles secured a 2-1 victory
Shots in the third period were 9-7 in favor of Colorado. The Wild outshot the Eagles 32-27 in the game.
No special teams goals were scored in the contest as Iowa went 0-for-3 and Colorado went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Next up for the Wild, a second straight matchup with the Eagles in Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8:05 CT.
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