DES MOINES, Iowa – Joseph Cramarossa scored two third period goals on Tuesday night, but it was not enough to help the struggling Iowa Wild as they lost their eighth straight game, falling to the Milwaukee Admirals, 6-3. Cole Schneider scored twice for the Admirals and Matt Donovan and Graham Knott each had two assists. Joe Hicketts had the other goal for the Wild as part of a two-point night.
The Wild earned a power-play a little over three minutes into the contest, but it would be the Admirals who would come away with the early lead. At 4:41, Mathieu Olivier read a pass attempt perfectly, intercepting the feed and heading the other way on a breakaway. Olivier got Iowa goaltender Hunter Jones down on the ice before tucking the puck just inside the right post for his second goal of the season.
The shorthanded tally was the only goal of the first period, but Milwaukee would dominate the second frame despite the fact that the Wild outshot the Admirals, 16-11. Just 61 seconds into the frame, Schneider recorded his first goal of the night. Kole Sherwood fired a shot that was saved by Jones, but Schneider picked up the rebound and put it in for his ninth goal of the year.
Iowa got on the board a little over four minutes later when Hicketts delivered his sixth tally of the season. Mason Shaw passed the puck to Hicketts, who was just above the left face-off circle. Hicketts corralled the puck onto his stick before firing a wrist shot that went over the shoulder of Admirals netminder Connor Ingram to give the defenseman his sixth tally of the year.
Schneider helped Milwaukee respond, scoring at 6:31 of the period to restore the two-goal advantage. Once again, the inability of the Wild to clear out Milwaukee players in front of the net created a rebound opportunity for Schneider. Knott’s shot was saved by Jones, but the Admirals forward put in the rebound for his second goal of the game.
At 8:44, Saturday evening’s hero extended the lead to three. Rocco Grimaldi took a shot that Jones was able to knock down, but Cody Glass, who scored the game-winner in overtime on Saturday, knocked in the rebound for his fourth goal of the year. That made it 4-1 heading to the second intermission.
The Wild put the pressure on in the third, looking to try to get back in this contest as they outshot Milwaukee, 19-6. That led to Cramarossa scoring his first goal of the game, 7:23 into the period.
The play was set up when Keaton Thompson intercepted a pass attempt in the neutral zone, quickly passing the puck to Nick Swaney, who then fed it to Cramarossa. The Wild forward made a nice move to get around a Milwaukee defenseman, then regained control of the puck just outside the left face-off circle. It looked like he would go across the slot for a backdoor redirect but, instead, fired a shot that surprised Ingram to the short side for his fourth goal of the year.
Milwaukee responded with two goals to extend their lead to four. With Trevin Kozlowski in net for Iowa, Joseph LaBate put the Admirals extended the lead back to three at the 10:31 mark. Cole Smith was able to gain control of the loose puck just outside the Milwaukee blueline. He quickly pushed it ahead to LaBate, who split between two Iowa defensemen, heading toward the Wild end on a breakaway. As he got about five feet from Kozlowski, LaBate put a wrist shot over the shoulder of the Iowa netminder for his fourth goal of the season.
With just over four minutes left, Anthony Richard scored the second shorthanded goal of the game for the Admirals. Donovan gained control of the puck in the corner inside his own zone, pushing it up along the boards where Richard picked up the pass, then sped down the boards through the neutral zone and into the Iowa end. As he approached the right face-off circle, Richard fired an absolute sniper shot, just catching the top corner of the net for his third goal of the year.
With Iowa still on the power-play, Cramarossa scored his second goal of the game 39 seconds later. After carrying the puck into the Milwaukee zone, the puck was nearly knocked off the stick of Cramarossa, but he regained control, moving through a Milwaukee defenseman before sliding the puck through the legs of Ingram to make it a 6-3 score.
However, that would be all the offense that Iowa could generate. The team fired 44 shots on Ingram, with the Admirals netminder saving 41. Ingram moved to 8-7-1 with the victory. Hunter Jones took the loss, stopping 16 of 20 shots. Jones is now 0-2-1 since his return to the Wild.
The loss was the eighth straight for Iowa, dropping the team to 9-10-3, tied for fourth in the Central Division. The Wild will look to end the skid on Friday when they welcome the Manitoba Moose (15-7-1) to town. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7 PM.
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