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Prospect Report: February 3

by Megan Kogut / Minnesota Wild

Iowa Wild 2015-16 Record: 13-27-6, 32 points

The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, swept
the Charlotte Checkers in back-to-back games last weekend.

The Wild won its first game with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Checkers on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena (1/29). Forward Jordan Schroeder led the team with four assists,setting a franchise record for most assists and points in a single game.

Forward Christoph Bertschy registered three goals for the first hat trick in Iowa history. Forward Grayson Downing tallied two points (1-1=2), including the overtime winner. Goalie Jeremy Smith made 28 saves through overtime.

Iowa won its second game against Charlotte with a 5-1 win on Saturday in Des Moines (1/30). Forward Zack Mitchell led the Wild with three points (2-1=3). Defenseman Gustav Olofsson (0-2=2), forward Marc Hagel (1-1=2), and forward Michael Keranen (1-1=2) each tallied two points.

Goalie Stephen Michalek made his AHL debut, stopping 32-of-33 shots to earn the win. Downing leads Iowa with 27 points (12-15=27) in 29 games this season and ranks tied for ninth in the AHL in rookie scoring. Mitchell (16-10=26) and Schroeder (10-16=26) rank tied for second on Iowa with 26 points each. Mitchell leads the Wild and ranks tied for 14th in the AHL in goals. Bertschy ranks fourth with 24 points (7-17=24) and is tied for 18th in the league in rookie scoring.

Goalie Leland Irving is 7-14-3 with a 2.78 GAA, .912 SV% and one shutout in 25 games and is 10th in the league with 698 saves, 12th in minutes played (1,448), and 18th in save percentage. Smith is 5-13-3 with a 2.98 GAA and a .911 SV% in 22 games. The Wild will play against the Chicago Wolves in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday.

WILD ONE

Each week, one prospect in the Wild's system will be recognized for his strong on-ice performance.

Christoph Bertschy

Bertschy recorded the first hat trick in Iowa Wild franchise history, and did so in a victory. In his rookie season, and first playing in North America, Bertschy continues to be a productive offensive player, as the 21-year-old has 24 points, fourth among Iowa skaters. He also made his NHL debut earlier this season for Minnesota against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and skated in three games for Minnesota in November.

Honorable mentions

  • Defenseman Gustav Olofsson, Iowa's lone representative at the 2016 AHL All-Star Game, has a goal and four assists in his past five games, and recorded his second multi-point game in a 4-3, overtime win against Rockford.
  • Forward Alex Tuch helped Boston College advance to the Beanpot Final with an assist in a 3-2 win against Harvard.
  • Forward Chase Lang had four points (2-2=4) in two games last week to go along with two penalty minutes and a plus-three rating.

For more information on the Iowa Wild, please visit iowawild.com or follow @IAWild on Twitter.

To view the full Feb. 3 prospect report, click here.

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