The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, lost both of its games to the Chicago Wolves in its home weekend series last week.
The Wild fell 3-2 in its first contest against the Wolves Friday (3/25). D Christian Folin and F Brady Brassart each scored for Iowa. F Colton Beck, F Marc Hagel and F Christoph Bertschy tallied an assist apiece. G Steve Michalek made 26 saves.
Iowa dropped its second contest 2-1 vs. Chicago on Saturday (3/26). Beck netted the lone goal with assists from D Zach Palmquist and F Zack Mitchell. G Leland Irving stopped 14-of-16 shots.
Mitchell leads Iowa with 37 points (20-17=37) in 62 games this season. Downing ranks second with 35 points (17-18=35) and ranks T-10th in goals amongst AHL rookies and 17th in rookie scoring. Bertschy ranks fourth with 32 points (10-22=32) in 64 games and ranks second amongst AHL rookies with 162 shots. Irving is 10-20-5 with a 2.75 GAA, .911 SV% and one shutout in 36 games. Michalek is 6-4-0 with a 2.51 GAA and a .917 SV% in 10 games.
The Wild will host the Manitoba Moose Wednesday and Friday before traveling to Rockford Saturday.
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GABRIEL NAMED IOWA’S 2015-16 AHL MAN OF THE YEAR
Kurtis Gabriel has been named the Iowa Wild’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Des Moines community during the 2015-16 season.
“The Iowa Wild organization takes pride in its community involvement, and Kurtis is a player that has embraced that philosophy,” said team President Todd Frederickson. “His presence and commitment over the past two seasons has made him a role model and a favorite among our fans, as well as the youth in central Iowa.”
Gabriel, 22 (4/20/93), is in his second season with the Iowa Wild, having been drafted by the NHL’s Minnesota Wild in 2013 and joining its AHL club in 2014.
The Wild forward continues to display leadership on the ice, in the locker room and off the ice through his efforts with fans in the community. The Newmarket, ON native has engrained himself in Iowa as a regular at community events. His fan interaction, combined with his style of play, has catapulted him to fan-favorite status during his tenure in Des Moines. He regularly volunteers his personal time to visit schools and hospitals. (FULL RELEASE on iowawild.com)