Iowa Wild 2013-14 Record: 20-17-5-4, 49 points, Fifth Place in Midwest Division
The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, went 1-1-1 in three games last week. The Wild dropped its first contest with a 3-2 shootout loss against the Utica Comets at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday. D Jon Landry led the night with two assists while Forwards Zack Phillips and Carson McMillian each scored during regulation. G Johan Gustafsson started the game stopping seven-of-nine shots before G John Curry came into relief for the start of the second period and made 27 saves through regulation and three-of-nine shootout attempts to earn the loss. Iowa won its second match 4-3 in overtime against the Chicago Wolves in Des Moines on Friday. D Brian Connelly led the night with two assists as Forwards Kris Foucault, Warren Peters and Jim McKenzie scored in regulation. Forward Justin Mercier netted the game-winning goal while Curry made 32 saves through overtime. The Wild suffered an 8-3 loss against the Rockford IceHogs at BMO Harris Bank Arena on Saturday. LW Erik Haula (0-2=2), Connelly (1-1=2) and RW Marc Hagel (2-0=2) each tallied two points. Gustafsson stopped 26-of-32 shots before being pulled after 40 minutes of work. Curry finished the night allowing two goals on nine shots. Connelly leads the Wild with 30 points (4-26=30) this season. McMillan (11-12=23) and D Jonathon Blum (5-18=23) are T-2nd with 23 points while Phillips (9-13=22) ranks fourth with 22 points. Gustafsson is 8-10-2 with a 3.06 GAA, a .903 SV% and one shutout in 22 games. Curry is 5-2-2 with a 1.94 GAA, .941 SV% and one shutout in 10 games. Iowa will travel to Milwaukee on Friday to face the Admirals and will return home for back-to-back games against the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday and Sunday.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUES
D Matt Dumba - Portland (WHL): The Wild’s first-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft tallied two assist as Portland won all three games last week. Loaned to Portland Jan. 7 after totaling goal and assist in 13 games with Minnesota. Expected to play this weekend for Winterhawks. Totaled an assist, a plus-4 rating in seven games as alternate captain as Canada finished fourth at 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden.
RW Kurtis Gabriel - Owen Sound (OHL): The Wild’s third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft recorded three assists and nine PIM in four games last week. Ranks T-1st on the team in assists (25), second in PIM (79) and T-3rd in scoring (9-25=34). Named an assistant captain (10/15).
D Dylan Labbe - Shawinigan (QMJHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and Shawinigan went 1-2-0 in three games last week. Leads all defensemen and ranks third on the team in assists (16) and scoring (7-16=23).
D Nolan De Jong - Michigan (Big Ten): The Wild’s seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft recorded two shots on net in Michigan’s weekend split at Penn State.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (Big Ten): The Wild’s third-round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft earned two PIM as Michigan State tied both its games vs. Ohio State. Missed four games due to injury (1/10-1/18). Missed nine games due to an abdominal injury (10/9-11/9).
C Adam Gilmour - Boston College (Hockey East): The Wild’s fourth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and the Eagles won their fifth consecutive Beanpot title defeating Northeastern, 4-1 (2/10). Boston College is 14-0-1 in its last 15 games. Ranks T-2nd in PPG (4) on the Eagles and T-3rd in GWG (3).
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (Hockey East): The Wild’s second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft tallied assist in Notre Dame weekend split vs. Maine. Scored three points (2-1=3) on Dec. 7 earning his second two-goal game of the season and third of his career. Ranks T-2nd on the Irish in points (15-11=26) and second in power-play scoring (7-4=11).
LW Louis Nanne - Sioux Falls (USHL): Minnesota’s seventh-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft netted his first goal of the season as Sioux Falls went 1-1-0 in two games. Tallied an assist and two PIM in his return to action Nov. 30 after he missed 22 games following shoulder surgery this summer.
D Gustav Olofsson - Colorado College (NCHC): The Wild’s second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft recorded seven SOG as Colorado College went 0-1-1 in weekend series at Minnesota Duluth. Tallied five points (1-4=5) and a plus-5 rating in seven games to help Sweden claim a silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Ranked T-2nd in scoring amongst defensemen in the tournament. Recorded three points (2-1=3) in five games, including a three-game point streak (11/19-11/23) after missing four games with a shoulder injury (10/25-11/2).
C Avery Peterson - Grand Rapids (High School): Minnesota’s sixth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft tallied nine points (4-5=9) in two games. Finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award. Had his 38-game point streak end as the Thunderhawks suffered a 5-0 shutout loss to Duluth East (1/9). Tied a career-high of four goals in a game, while setting a new career high of six points (4-2=6) in a single game Jan. 4. Registered four goals, including two PPGs in the Thunderhawks 7-2 victory over St. Francis Dec. 27. Leads team in goals (34), assists (30) and scoring (34-30=64). Collected eight points (3-5=8) including 2 PPG and a plus-3 rating in 11 games with Sioux City (USHL).
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska Omaha (NCHC): The Wild’s fifth-round selection in 2011 NHL Entry Draft recorded four shots on net in Nebraska Omaha weekend split at North Dakota. Ranks first on the Mavericks in PIM (47).
D Carson Soucy - Minnesota Duluth (NCHC): Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in 2013 NHL Entry Draft tallied 17 PIM as Minnesota Duluth split its weekend series vs. Colorado College. Ranks second in PIM (50) and T-3rd amongst defensemen in scoring (0-5=5).
C Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): SC Bern did not play last week. The Wild’s sixth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft missed 13 games due to an ankle injury (12/6-1/18). Named to Switzerland’s preliminary roster for world junior tournament but did not participate due to injury.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (Sweden): Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has not played in Lulea’s last five games. Ranks second amongst defensemen and ranks sixth on the team in assists (11) and T-9th in scoring (2-11=13).
Alexandre Belanger - Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL): The Wild’s seventh-round selection in this summer’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft went 2-1-0 in three games last week. Ranks T-4th in QMJHL in wins (25) and 11th in GAA (3.18). Earned first shutout of the season as the Huskies blanked Sherbrooke, 3-0 (11/16). Named QMJHL third star of the week on Oct. 28 after going 3-0-0 with a 2.33 GAA and a .926 SV%.
Steve Michalek - Harvard (ECAC): Minnesota’s sixth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Won both starts last week to earn his first win since Nov. 16. Earned first shutout of the season as the Crimson defeated Dartmouth, 3-0 (2/7).