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Minnesota Wild Minor League Update: 1/28/16

It was not the best week for the Wild minor league teams. Just one win between the teams, with Quad City continuing to drop in the standings. Much like the NHL, its All-Star weekend in the AHL, so it will be a shortened week in Iowa. All the results and more are here in this week's update.
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Iowa Wild (AHL)

Record This Week: 1-1-1
Overall Record: 11-27-5 (8th in Central Division)

Friday January 22
Iowa 4, at Rockford 3 (SO)

Both teams exchanged goals throughout the game, although Iowa never held the lead, they were able to tie it up three times. A power play goal by Gustav Olofsson 7:35 into the third tied the score at three. The game went to overtime and after a scoreless session, the game went to a shootout. It took five rounds of a shootout, but Michael Keranen scored the winner for Iowa to give them their second win in three games.

Saturday January 23
at Rockford 1, Iowa 0

Despite outshooting the IceHogs 22-11 through two periods, Iowa was unable to score and the game was scoreless. Mark McNeill scored the game winning goal on the power play with 4:58 remaining in the game, as Iowa could not get anything by Michael Leighton in the final minutes. Jeremy Smith made 22 saves in the loss.

Tuesday January 26
Chicago 4, at Iowa 3 (OT)

It was a high shooting affair in this game, as both teams combined for 76 shots on goal. Christian Folin and Tyler Graovac scored 2:16 apart in the third to give Iowa a 3-2 lead, but the Wolves answered with a goal with 2:39 to play thanks to Jordan Caron. Pat Cannone scored 41 seconds into overtime to win it for Chicago.

News and Notes

-F Jared Knight was assigned to Quad City on January 21. He was recalled on January 25.
-The Iowa Wild and Iowa Events Center announced new security policies for all Iowa Wild home games.
-F Jordan Schroeder and D Tyson Strachan were reassigned to Iowa, from Minnesota, on January 25.
-D Gustav Olofsson will be representing the Iowa Wild at the AHL All-Star Classic this weekend in Syracuse, New York. Here is a story on his All-Star selection from the Des Moines Register.

Upcoming Schedule

January 29 vs Charlotte
January 30 vs Charlotte
January 31-February 1 AHL All-Star Classic (Syracuse, NY)

Quad City Mallards (ECHL)

Record This Week: 0-2-0
Overall Record: 19-18-3 (4th in Midwest Division)

Friday January 22
at Indy 2, Quad City 1

A pair of first period goals for Indy was something Quad City could never recover from. The Fuel scored 52 seconds apart and lead 2-0 3:14 into the game. Jared Knight was able to cut the lead in half in the second period, but the Mallards could not score from there on out. Brody Hoffman made 35 saves in the loss.

Saturday January 23
at Indy 3, Quad City 1

It was a slow start for the Mallards, as they only managed four first period shots and found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first frame. Indy scored early in the third to make it 2-0. Quad City answered with a goal 1:45 later, but they could not find the equalizer and Indy added an empty net goal to seal the win.

News and Notes

-G Steve Michalek was recalled by Iowa on Saturday.
-F Sam Warning returned to the lineup Friday after missing the previous two games.
-The Mallards have failed to convert on their last twelve power plays.

Upcoming Schedule

January 29 at Kalamazoo
January 30 at Cincinnati
January 31 at Toledo

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