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Prospect Report: January 9, 2019

Iowa ranks third in the AHL in points

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The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, went 2-1-0 in three games last week. The Wild ranks third in the AHL in points, T-4th in shorthanded goals (6), sixth in penalty kill percentage (84.8) and T-6th in wins (20) and in fewest goals allowed (102).

Iowa earned a 3-1 victory in its first contest of the week against Chicago Wednesday at Allstate Arena (1/2). F Matt Read led the team with two goals while F Joel Eriksson Ek also netted a goal. G Andrew Hammond stopped 28-of-29 shots. The Wild took its second contest of the week with a 3-0 shutout win vs. Rockford Friday at Wells Fargo Arena (1/4). F Will Bitten (1-1=2) and F Cal O'Reilly (0-2=2) each tallied two points. F Colton Beck and F Justin Kloos scored a goal apiece. G Kaapo Kahkonen made all 26 saves. Iowa fell in its final contest of the week, 6-2, against the IceHogs Sunday at BMO Harris Bank Center (1/6). Kloos notched two points (1-1=2) and Beck recorded a goal. Hammond stopped 21-of-26 shots.

Kahkonen and O'Reilly will each represent Iowa at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic Jan. 27-28 at MassMutual Center. Kahkonen and O'Reilly are the fifth and sixth players in franchise history to represent the Wild at the Classic, it will mark Kahkonen's first appearance and O'Reilly's fifth. 

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Kloos (12-15=27) and O'Reilly (5-22=27) each lead the Wild with 27 points this season. F Mason Shaw ranks third with 21 points (3-18=21) and ranks T-4th amongst AHL rookies in assists. F Kyle Rau ranks fourth with 20 points (8-12=20). Hammond is 9-5-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .907 SV% in 15 games this season. Kahkonen is 10-4-4 with a 2.28 GAA, a .922 SV% and five shutouts in 18 games and ranks first amongst League goalies in shutouts, second in GAA and fourth in SV%.

Iowa will conclude its four-game road trip this week, visiting San Antonio Wednesday and Friday and Texas Saturday before hosting San Diego Monday. For more information on the Iowa Wild, please visit or follow @IAWild on Twitter.

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