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Erik Haula, Kris Foucault each score 2 as Iowa Wild double Abbotsford Heat 4-2

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 12:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Erik Haula, Kris Foucault each score 2 as Iowa Wild double Abbotsford Heat 4-2

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Erik Haula scored twice and added an assist as the Iowa Wild defeated the Abbotsford Heat 4-2 in American Hockey League action Thursday.

The 22-year-old Finn now has seven goals on the season, including a goal in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Heat. He rejoined Iowa after being reassigned by parent club Minnesota, recording two assists in his first six NHL games.

Kris Foucault also scored twice for Iowa (9-13-1), while Johan Gustafsson made 28 saves.

Markus Granlund and Derek Smith scored for Abbotsford (20-7-2). Granlund now has an 11-game point streak, longest active run in the AHL.

Joey MacDonald stopped 30 shots in the losing effort.

The Wild took an early lead, just like Wednesday night's tilt, scoring in the opening two minutes. Haula's initial shot was stopped but Chad Rau's rebound attempt was redirected by Foucault past MacDonald for his third goal of the season at 1:29.

However, the Heat tied the game at 3:49 on a power play. Granlund had two cracks at a Corban Knight rebound and finally chipped it over a sprawling Gustafsson for his 12th of the season.

Smith gave the Heat the lead at 5:49. The veteran of 91 NHL games took a feed from Max Reinhart behind the net and one-timed it for his first AHL goal of the year.

The Heat had a quality chance to build on their lead in the first with a lengthy two-man power play, but the Wild were able to keep most of the opportunities of the league's second-ranked power play to the outside.

The Wild tied the game at 6:03 of the second period. Jon Landry chipped the puck over to Haula at the right side of the net. He had two whacks at the puck before finally burying it for his sixth of the season and second in consecutive games.

Then the Wild regained when Haula scored his second of the game in the final minute of the second. Zack Phillips stole the puck from Smith, wheeled to the slot and fired it on net, where Haula was there to pounce on the rebound.

Foucault put the nail in the coffin when he picked up his second 16:58 of the third. He beat the defenceman wide right, got MacDonald to commit and then tucked the puck between the post and his glove, giving him his first multi-goal game in his three-year pro career.

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