The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, went 0-3-1 in four games last week. The Wild ranks T-2nd in the AHL in power-play percentage (24.0) this season, third in power-play goals (66), T-9th in shorthanded goals (9), T-10th in points and 12th in penalty kill percentage (81.8).
Iowa lost its first game of the week, 5-2, against Texas Friday at Wells Fargo Arena (3/29). D Brennan Menell tallied two assists while F Gerald Mayhew and F Kyle Rau each netted a goal. G Andrew Hammond made 24 saves. The Wild dropped its second game of the week, 4-1, against the Stars Saturday in Des Moines (3/30). F Dmitry Sokolov scored the lone goal for the Wild while G Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 24-of-28 shots. Iowa fell in its third game of the week against Tucson, 5-4, Tuesday at home (4/2). F Will Bitten (2-0=2) and F Cal O'Reilly (0-2=2) led the Wild with two points each while F Sam Anas and D Matt Bartkowski netted a goal apiece. Hammond made 25 saves. The Wild earned a point in its final game of the week against the Roadrunners with a 4-3 overtime loss Wednesday in Iowa (4/3). Mayhew recorded his first career hat trick. Bitten tallied two assists and Hammond stopped 26-of-30 shots through overtime.
O'Reilly leads Iowa with 63 points (13-50=63) in 63 games this season and ranks third in the AHL in assists and T-6th in points. Mayhew ranks second with 58 points (26-32=58) in 67 contests. Rau ranks third with 52 points (26-26=52) and leads the League in PPG (17) and T-9th in shots (190). Menell ranks fourth with 42 points (2-40=42) - the most points by a Wild defenseman in a single season- and ranks second amongst AHL defensemen in assists and 11th in scoring. Hammond is 16-12-2 with a 2.96 GAA, a .905 SV% and two shutouts in 30 games this season. Kahkonen is 17-13-8 with a 2.72 GAA, a .909 SV% and six shutouts in 38 games and ranks first amongst League goalies in shutouts.
Iowa will conclude its 2018-19 regular season visiting Milwaukee Saturday and Grand Rapids Wednesday before hosting Chicago Friday and Rockford next Saturday. For more information on the Iowa Wild, please visit iowawild.com or follow @IAWild on Twitter.