Iowa Wild 2013-14 Record: 19-16-3-3, 44 points, Fifth Place in Midwest Division
The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, went 2-0-1 in three road games last week. The Wild suffered a 4-3 shootout loss against the Texas Stars on Wednesday. F Raphael Bussieres (1-1=2) and F Mike Ullrich (0-2=2) each had two points, while F Zach Phillips scored with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. G Johan Gustafsson stopped 41-of-44 shots through overtime and two-of-four in the shootout loss. Iowa earned a 5-4 shootout win in its first of consecutive games in San Antonio Friday. D Brian Connelly (0-2=2), Bussieres (0- 2=2) and F Carson McMillan (1- 1=2) led with two points apiece. C Jake Dowell netted the winning shootout goal in the sixth round. Gustafsson stopped 35-of- 39 shots through overtime and five of six attempts in the shootout win. The Wild won its final road game and second meeting against the Rampage, 2-1, in overtime Saturday. RW Marc Hagel scored during regulation while D Kyle Medvec netted the overtime winner. G John Curry made 25 saves to earn the win. Connelly (3-22=25) leads the Wild with 25 points. D Jonathon Blum (5-14=19), McMillan (9-10=19) and Phillips (7-12=19) each have 19 points. Gustafsson is 8-7-2 with a 2.81 GAA, a .911 SV% and one shutout in 18 games while Curry is 4-2-1 with a 1.81 GAA, .944 SV% and one shutout in seven games. Iowa will play against Milwaukee at home on Friday and at Chicago on Saturday this week.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUES
D Matt Dumba - Portland (WHL): The Wild’s first-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft recorded two points (1-1=2) and plus-5 rating as Portland won both its 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 tallied two assist in two games. Ranks first on the team in assists (22), second in PIM (66) and third in scoring (9-22=31). Named an assistant captain (10/15).
D Dylan Labbe - Shawinigan (QMJHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft recorded two goals and an assist in three games. Leads Shawinigan defensemen and ranks second 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 tallied an assist and a plus-3 rating as Michigan swept Michigan State in a home-and-home series last weekend.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (Big Ten): The Wild’s third-round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft returned to action with two SOG after missing 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 Boston College earned a 3-2 victory vs. Penn State (1/25). Ranks T- 2nd on the Eagles in GWG (3) and T-3rd in PPG (3).
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (Hockey East): The Wild’s second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft tallied two points (1-1=2) in two games as Notre Dame split weekend series vs. Northeastern. 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 (13-9=22) and second in power-play scoring (7- 3=10).
LW Louis Nanne - Sioux Falls (USHL): Minnesota’s seventh-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and Sioux Falls lost both games against Tri-City last weekend. 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 netted goal in Colorado College weekend split vs. Miami. 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 recorded six points (5-1=6) in two games last week. 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 (26), assists (20) and scoring (26-20=46). 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): Nebraska Omaha did not play last week. The Wild’s fifth-round selection in 2011 NHL Entry Draft ranks first on the Mavericks in PIM (45).
D Carson Soucy - Minnesota Duluth (NCHC): Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in 2013 NHL Entry Draft recorded plus-3 rating and two PIM as Minnesota Duluth went 0-1-1 vs. Minnesota and Minnesota State last week. Ranks third among defensemen in points (0-5=5).
C Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): The Wild’s sixth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft returned to action after missing 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 tallied assist in three games last week. Leads all defensemen and ranks sixth on the team in assists (11) and T-6th in scoring (2-11=13).
Alexandre Belanger - Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL): The Wild’s seventh-round selection in this summer’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft lost both starts last week. Ranks T-5th in QMJHL in wins (22) and 13th in GAA (3.23). 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 lost his seventh start of the season as Harvard fell 4-3 at Union (1/24).