The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, fell in its first match of the week against the Checkers, 3-2 in Charlotte on Thursday (12/17). F Colton Beck and D Dylan Labbe each scored for Iowa while G Leland Irving stopped 28-of-31 shots.
The Wild suffered a 3-2 loss in its first contest against San Antonio on Sunday (12/20). F Christoph Bertschy led the team with two assists. D Mike Reilly and F Grayson Downing (pictured above) netted a goal apiece. G Jeremy Smith made 28 saves.
Iowa dropped its second contest against the Rampage, 2-1 at Wells Fargo Arena on Monday (12/21). F Kurtis Gabriel scored the lone goal for the Wild and Irving stopped 22-of-24 shots.
F Michael Keranen (5-11=16) and Bertschy (4-12=16) lead Iowa with 16 points each. Bertschy ranks T-13th in the AHL in rookie scoring. F Zack Mitchell ranks third on the Wild with 15 points (10-5=15) and ranks T-2nd in the league with two shorthanded goals and T-9th with three first goals. Downing (7-6=13) and Reilly (4-9=13) rank T-4th on Iowa with 13 points. Reilly ranks T-6th in scoring amongst rookie defensemen in the AHL. Irving is 4-12-3 with a 2.68 GAA, .916 SV% and one shutout in 20 games and is third in the league with 559 saves, seventh in minutes played (1,141) and 17th in save percentage. Smith is 1-10-2 with a 3.35 GAA and a .905 SV% in 14 games.
The Wild plays two games this upcoming week, traveling to Chicago on Saturday and hosting Rockford on Sunday. For more information on the Iowa Wild, please visit iowawild.com or follow @IAWild on Twitter.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUES
D Gustav Bouramman - Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Tallied an assist and a plus-3 rating in the Greyhounds 8-5 win at Kitchener (12/19)…Set a career-high five-game point streak (0-7=7) from Nov. 29-Dec. 10…Leads Sault Ste. Marie defensemen in assists (third overall) and T-1st in scoring (T-7th overall)…Minnesota’s seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
C Reid Duke - Brandon (WHL): Registered five points (3-2=5) and two penalty minutes in three games last week…Owns 12 points (7-5=12) in the last 11 contests…Ranks T-7th in the WHL in game-winning goals (4) and T-10th in goals…Leads the Wheat Kings in goals and T-4th in scoring and in plus/minus rating…Wild’s sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
D Tanner Faith - Moose Jaw (WHL): Recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in Moose Jaw’s 4-3 overtime win at Regina (12/19)…He has set career highs in assists and points this season, his two goals are tied for his career-best…Ranks second amongst Warriors defensemen in scoring and third in goals and assists while T-2nd on the team in penalty minutes…Serving as an alternate captain this season…Acquired by Moose Jaw from the Kootenay Ice (9/23)…Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
C Pavel Jenys - Niagara (OHL): Tallied two points (1-1=2) in two games last week…Owns five points (1-4=5) in 10 games with Niagara…Traded to the Icedogs (11/23)…Started the season with the Sudbury Wolves, totaling 12 points (4-8=12) and 16 penalty minutes in 24 games…Wild’s seventh-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
C Chase Lang - Vancouver (WHL): Registered four points (3-1=4) and four penalty minutes in three games last week…Has tallied 14 points (7-7=14) in 10 December games, including a current five-game point streak…Owns 25 points (10-15=25) with the Giants…Leads the team in scoring, second in goals and assists and is fourth in penalty minutes…Traded to the Vancouver Giants from Calgary (10/27)…Registered seven points (2-5=7) and 20 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Hitmen…Minnesota’s sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
D Hunter Warner - Prince Albert (WHL): Scored his second goal of the season in Prince Albert’s 3-1 win vs. Kelowna (12/18…Ranks second on the team in penalty minutes and is third amongst defensemen in assists and in scoring…Netted his first WHL goal against Rylan Parenteau in the Raiders’ 3-2 overtime loss vs. Victoria (10/30)…Signed as a free agent with the Wild, September 23, 2014.
D Louis Belpedio - Miami University (NCHC): Selected to the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team…Named an alternate captain for the United States (12/22), the U.S. will open the tournament against Canada on Dec. 26…Miami University will return to action vs. Rensselaer Jan. 2…T-1st on the RedHawks in assists and in penalty minutes and T-2nd in scoring…Ranks T-5th amongst NCHC defensemen in scoring…Named an alternate captain (9/29)…Minnesota’s third-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
D Nicholas Boka - University of Michigan (Big-10): University of Michigan will return after the holiday break to face Northern Michigan in the first game of the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 29…Ranks T-3rd amongst team defensemen in scoring…Earned his first collegiate point with an assist in the Wolverines 3-2 win vs. Mercyhurst (10/18)…Wild’s sixth round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
D Nolan De Jong - University of Michigan (Big-10): The Wolverines did not play last weekend and will return to action Dec. 29…Ranks T-3rd amongst Michigan’s blue liners in scoring and third in shots on goal (19)…Minnesota’s seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
D John Draeger - Michigan State University (Big-10): Tallied two shots on goal in the Spartans’ 2-1 loss at Northeastern (12/19)…Ranks T-3rd amongst defensemen in scoring…Wild’s third-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
C Adam Gilmour - Boston College (H-East): Boston College did not play last week and will participate in the Florida College Classic (Dec. 28-29)…Ranks T-2nd on the team with two game-winning goals and fourth in shots (38)…Minnesota’s fourth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
LW Jordan Greenway - Boston University (H-East): Boston University will return to action Jan. 7 at Harvard…Ranks T-3rd on the Terriers in penalty minutes and T-5th with 40 shots on goal…Earned his first collegiate points with two assists (10/30-10/31)…Wild’s second round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (H-East): Notre Dame will return after the holiday break with its weekend series at Denver (Jan. 1-2)…Ranks T-4th on the Fighting Irish in assists and in shots (48) and sixth in scoring…Named an alternate captain (8/25)…Minnesota’s second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
LW Louis Nanne - Rensselaer Polytechnic (ECAC): R.P.I. will return after the holidays visiting Miami (Jan. 2-3)…Ranks T-2nd on the team in scoring, T-3rd in goals and fourth in assists…Recorded his first goal of the season in the Engineers’ 5-1 win at Union (10/30)…Wild’s seventh-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
C Avery Peterson - University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC): Decided to leave his sophomore season at Nebraska-Omaha due to family reasons (12/14)…He skated in 53 games with the Mavericks over the last two season, totaling 22 points (11-11=22) Named NCHC Rookie of the Month for January and was named NCHC Rookie of the Week three times during his freshmen season (2014-15)…Minnesota’s sixth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
D Jack Sadek - University of Minnesota (Big-10): University of Minnesota did not play last weekend and will return to action Jan. 1 vs. Connecticut…Skated in his first collegiate game and tallied his first Big-10 point with an assist in Minnesota’s 4-0 shutout victory vs. Northeastern (10/23)…Did not play in Minnesota’s first three games of the season (10/10-17)…Wild’s seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
D Nick Seeler - University of Minnesota (Big-10): The Golden Gophers will host Connecticut in the first game of the Mariucci Classic on Jan. 1…Earned his first assist in Minnesota’s 4-3 win vs. Northeastern (10/24)…Ranks second on the team in penalty minutes…Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
D Carson Soucy - University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC): University of Minnesota Duluth did not play last week and will return to action Jan. 2 in an exhibition game vs. the U.S. Under-18 National Team…Leads the team in penalty minutes and T-3rd amongst team blue liners in scoring…Wild’s fifth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
RW Alex Tuch - Boston College (H-East): Boston College will open the Florida College Classic against Ohio State on Dec. 28…Ranks T-6th on the Eagles in goals and T-7th in scoring…Minnesota’s first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
C Joel Eriksson Ek - Farjestads BK (Sweden): Selected to the 2016 Sweden National Junior Team preliminary roster (12/7) Sweden will open the World Junior tournament against Switzerland on Dec. 26…Ranks fourth on the team in hits (29), eighth in shots (40) and T-10th in scoring…Started the season with a four-game point streak (2-2=4, 9/16-26)…Minnesota’s first round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
LW Kirill Kaprizov - Novokuznetsk (KHL): Selected to the 2016 Russian National Junior Team preliminary roster (12/7)…Russia is set to open play against the Czech Republic on Saturday (Dec. 26)…Ranks T-8th in the league in GWG…Leads the team in GWG (4), second in assists, T-2nd in scoring and third in goals…Set a career-high three points in a single game with three assists (10/30)…Wild’s fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
D Pontus Sjalin - Lulea (Sweden): Lulea did not play last week and will return to action against Farjestad on Dec. 26…Owns three assists and two penalty minutes in 15 games with Asploven HC (SWE-1)…Ranks T-4th amongst Asploven defensemen in assists and T-5th in scoring…Minnesota’s sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Kaapo Kahkonen - Blues (SM-Liiga): Selected to the final 2016 Finland National Junior Team roster as Finland is set to open the tournament against Belarus on Dec. 26…Ranks second in the league amongst rookie goaltenders in SV% (eighth overall) and second in GAA (12th overall)…Recorded his first shutout of the season, stopping all 27 shots against HPK (9/30)…Wild’s fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Ales Stezka - Sioux Falls (USHL): Selected to the 2016 Czech Republic National Junior Team preliminary roster (12/4)…Czech Republic will face Russia in its opening game of the 2016 World Junior Tournament (Dec. 26)…Earned his first career USHL shutout, stopping all 21 shots in Sioux Falls’ 3-0 win vs. Fargo Force (11/27)…Earned his first USHL win, stopping 19 of 22 shots in the Stampede’s 5-3 victory over Sioux City (9/26)…Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.