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Minnesota Wild Minor League Update: 3/16/16

Its been two weeks, but the minor league update is back! The Iowa Wild and Quad City Mallards both enjoyed some modest winning streaks over the past two weeks, find out how long they lasted and much more in this week's update!
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Iowa Wild (AHL)

Record since last update: 3-3-0
Overall Record: 21-35-7 (7th in Central Division)

Wednesday March 2
at Texas 5, Iowa 2

Tyler Graovac scored 26 seconds into the second period to break a 1-1 tie, but after that it was all Texas. Four unanswered goals (two from Curtis McKenzie) over the remainder of the period put the game well in hand for the Stars. Iowa was unable to get any of their 23 remaining shots in the net to make the game closer.

Friday March 4
Iowa 4, at Texas 3 (OT)

After Texas got out ahead 1:41 into the hockey game, Iowa rattled off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead just 2:11 into the second period. However by the halfway mark of the second, the game was tied as Texas was able to answer with a pair of goals. After a back and forth third period, the game remained tied at three and went to overtime where Jordan Schroeder scored the winner to give Iowa a 4-3 win.

Monday March 7
Iowa 2, at Manitoba 1

In a battle for worst record in the league, Iowa broke the score open with a second left in the second period thanks to Marc Hagel. Guillaume Gelinas netted a power play goal 2:58 into the third period, and Iowa was able to hang on for a 2-1 win thanks to 32 saves from goaltender Leland Irving.

Wednesday March 9
Iowa 4, at Manitoba 2

Looking to sweep the two game set in Winnipeg, Iowa netted a pair of goals in each of the first two periods to take a commanding 4-0 lead. The Moose (formerly of Minnesota at one point) did get a pair of goals in the third period, but their efforts were too late in the game and Iowa went on to win 4-2 to sweep the series.

Friday March 11
at Milwaukee 4, Iowa 2

Looking to make it a four game win streak, Iowa got off to a great start as goals from Colton Beck and Rob Bordson just 4:04 into the hockey game had them up 2-0. However, the Admirals did not surrender that easily as they rallied back for four goals before the first period ended. Neither team was able to score again, and Milwaukee skated to a 4-2 win.

Sunday March 13
Milwaukee 5, at Iowa 1

After the deflating loss on Friday night, Iowa was just blasted out of the water on Sunday by the Admirals. Pontus Aberg and Trevor Murphy each tallied three points for Milwaukee, while Max Reinhart added a pair of goals to open the game. Rob Bordson was the lone goal scorer for the Wild, as Steve Michalek only made 19 saves in the loss.

News and Notes

-F Jared Knight was recalled by Iowa from Quad City on March 6.
-G Steve Michalek was recalled by Minnesota on March 10. He was returned to Iowa on March 11.
-F Jordan Schroeder was recalled by Minnesota on March 11.
-F Zac Dalpe's resilience is luminous, writes Tom Witosky.

Upcoming Schedule

March 18 at Stockton
March 19 at San Jose

Quad City Mallards (ECHL)

Record since last update: 4-2-1
Overall record: 29-25-6 (3rd in Midwest Division)

Wednesday March 2
at Quad City 4, Utah 2

Three first period goals propelled the Mallards to a 3-1 lead, and they were able to hang on for a 4-2 win. Olivier Archambault netted a hat trick (12th, 13th, and 14th goal of the season) for the Mallards. P.J. Musico made 32 saves in the victory.

Friday March 4
Cincinnati 6, at Quad City 2

Three goals in the first and three goals in the third (including a marker from former Gophers Seth Ambroz and Zach Budish) had the Cyclones up 6-0 before the Mallards were able to break the shutout. Quad City was able to put up a pair late in the period, but it the game was well in hand.

Saturday March 5
Wichita 3, at Quad City 2 (OT)

Just 4:29 into the game, Quad City was out ahead 2-0 after a power play goal and shorthanded goal from Vladimir Nikiforov and Matt Neal. However the Thunder struck back with a goal late in the first and one in the second to eventually send this game to overtime. Miles Koules won the game 25 seconds into overtime, to send Quad City to their second straight defeat.

Wednesday March 9
Quad City 5, at Evansville 4

Defense was optional in this one. After the Mallards jumped out to a 3-1 lead, the IceMen came back to tie the game at three, and then did so again at four after another Mallards goal. However Zach Pochiro was able to tally the game winner with 6:37 to play in the third, as Quad City held on for the win.

Friday March 11
at Cincinnati 3, Quad City 1

Three second period goals by the Cyclones proved to be all that was needed in this one. A tight checking third period only saw four shots on goal from each team, which allowed Cincinnati to secure a win. In the loss for Quad City, Brody Hoffman stopped 17 of 20 shots.

Saturday March 12
Quad City 3, at Cincinnati 2

Olivier Archambault scored the opening goal 46 seconds into the game, and Sam Warning added two more goals before the first period was done to give Quad City a 3-0 lead at intermission. The Cyclones added a goal in the second and third, but they could not find the equalizer in the final minutes.

Sunday March 13
Quad City 4, at Evansville 1

Four different goal scorers propelled the Mallards to the win. Tanner Eberle, Kyle Follmer, Zach Pochiro, and Matt Carey all scored as the Mallards won their third game in four nights. PJ Musico made 33 saves for Quad City, as he also has won three out of his four games since coming over to the Mallards.

News and Notes

-D Jake Baker was loaned to Manitoba (AHL) on March 11. He was returned to Quad City on March 13.
-F Raphael Bussieres has missed the past four games with an upper body injury.
-F Tanner Eberle returned to the lineup on March 9 after missing the past 11 games with an upper body injury.

Upcoming Schedule

March 18 at Fort Wayne
March 19 at Fort Wayne
March 20 vs Indy

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