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Minnesota Wild Minor League Update: 2/24/16

After falling into a brief slump, Iowa appears to have gotten back onto the winning track this past week. Meanwhile, Quad City finds themselves in the thick of a playoff race, as their midseason slump has them fighting for a playoff spot every night. Find out how the teams did in this week's Minor League Update.
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Iowa Wild (AHL)

Overall record: 17-30-7 (8th in Central Division)
Record this past week: 2-1-0

Thursday February 18
Iowa 3, at Chicago 2 (OT)

Halfway through the first period, the Wolves found themselves up by two goals. However the Wild were able to claw their way back and tie it with goals from Grayson Downing and Rob Bordson. The third period was scoreless and the game went into overtime. In the overtime session Zack Mitchell buried the game winner to give Iowa their first win under interim head coach David Cunniff.

Sunday February 21
at Milwaukee 2, Iowa 1 (SO)

A stellar performance from Leland Irving kept the game close for Iowa. A Pontus Aberg goal in the second period game Milwaukee a 1-0 lead, and Iowa's offense had given little hope of providing life through two periods to suggest they would be able to tie it. However Marc Hagel was able to clean up a rebound in the third period to even the score for Iowa, and it ended up sending the game to overtime. Overtime did not produce a winner, so a shootout was needed to decide this game. Iowa's three shooters did not score, and Milwaukee's third shooter (Matt White) was able to beat Irving to seal the win.

Monday February 22
at Iowa 3, Manitoba 2

Goals by Brett Bulmer and Zac Dalpe had the Wild up 2-0 early in the second period. But the Moose (formerly of Minnesota, and also the team fighting Iowa for worst record in the West) were able to battle back and score one in the second and one early in the third to tie the game. But late in the third Dalpe was able to net the winner as a shot from the circle beat Connor Hellebuyck.

News and Notes

-F Zac Dalpe returned to the lineup on February 18 after missing 50 games with injury.
-F Guillaume Gelinas was recalled from Quad City on February 20.
-David Cunniff is taking advantage of an opportunity, writes Tom Witosky.

Upcoming Schedule

February 24 vs Manitoba
February 26 at Grand Rapids
February 27 at Grand Rapids

Quad City Mallards (ECHL)

Overall Record: 24-22-5 (4th in Midwest Division)
Record this past week: 1-1-0

Friday February 19
at Quad City 6, Cincinnati 2

Former Gopher Sam Warning and Kyle Follmer each had a pair of goals, while Matt Neal and Brady Brassart each had a pair of points to lead Quad City in this rout. Brody Hoffman made 24 saves to get his 12th win of the season.

Saturday February 20
Cincinnati 5, at Quad City 3

After falling down 2-0 early in the first, Quad City was able to trim the lead to one three different times in this game, but they were not able to catch the Cyclones. Jared Knight had a pair of points to lead Iowa in the loss, as Brody Hoffman made 21 saves on 25 shots.

News and Notes

-G Brody Hoffman was recalled by Iowa on February 18. He was returned to Quad City on February 19.
-F Jared Knight was recalled by Iowa on February 22.
-F Cody Beach was reassigned to Chicago (AHL) on Sunday by the St. Louis Blues after being assigned to Quad City on Friday.

Upcoming Schedule

February 26 vs Rapid City
February 27 vs Rapid City

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