DES MOINES, Iowa – It was a very special Sunday afternoon for the Iowa Wild, who scored two power-play goals and added a shorthanded tally on their way to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals. Iowa jumped out to a three goal lead before Milwaukee rallied twice to make this a one goal contest. However, Dereck Baribeau was solid between the pipes, stopping 35 of 38 shots. Four players for Iowa had two points in the game. The victory completed a weekend sweep of the Admirals.
Iowa controlled play in the first period, outshooting Milwaukee 11-6. However, Connor Ingram was outstanding early on, keeping the Wild from finding the back of the net. That sent the teams to the first break tied at zero.
However, Iowa dominated the second frame, leaving the period with a 3-1 lead. It all started just 26 seconds into the period when Iowa was short-handed. Connor Dewar gained control of the puck, pushing it ahead into the neutral zone. He then made a great play, swiping at the loose puck toward the boards and onto the stick of Kyle Rau. Rau carried the puck into the Milwaukee end, then found Dewar wide open moving down slot. Dewar went to his backhand before lifting the puck over the glove of Ingram and in for his fourth goal of the season.
Exactly six minutes later, Adam Beckman extended the lead to two with a power-play goal. With Iowa on the power-play and Milwaukee about to take a delayed penalty, Calen Addison made a nice behind the back pass across to Beckman, who moved to just above the left face-off circle before firing a wrist shot that found the far post for his third goal of the year.
The Wild were still on the power-play and took advantage of this opportunity with the goal at 7:59. Dewar had the puck in the high slot, firing a shot that was knocked down in front, but right onto the stick of Joe Hicketts, who was just inside the left face-off circle. He fired a wrist shot that beat Ingram over the shoulder for his fifth goal of the year. That was the third straight game where Hicketts has scored a goal and he has five over his last seven games.
Milwaukee was being dominated, but they would use the power-play to pull themselves back within two with 2:40 left in the second period. Former Wild forward Mitch McLain scored his first of two in the game when David Farrance fired a shot that McLain tipped over the shoulder of Baribeau for his third goal of the season.
The Wild held onto the 3-1 lead through the first 11 minutes of the third period, but McLain cut the deficit in half, making this a one goal game with his second power-play tally of the afternoon. Matt Luff made a great pass to the far post where McLain was easily able to tip the puck in for his second goal of the game.
Suddenly, Milwaukee had Iowa back on their heels, but Rau put his team back on top by two with a little under seven minutes left in the game. Addison fired a shot from the point that was knocked down in front, but Rau fended off an Admirals defenseman before pushing the backhander underneath Ingram and in for his third goal of the year.
Milwaukee was not done, however, pulling back within one at 14:51. Matt Tennyson passed the puck to Luff at the left face-off circle, who fired a wrist shot that beat the Wild goaltender for his third goal of the year.
With a little over five minutes left in the contest, Milwaukee was back within one, but the Wild were able to kill off the remaining 5:09, finishing off the 4-3 victory. Dewar, Beckman, and Rau each had a goal and an assist for Iowa. Addison added two assists. Baribeau moved to 4-2-0 with the victory.
Milwaukee was led by McLain who had two goals and an assist. Luff had a goal and an assist and Farrance had two helpers.
The Iowa wild will welcome the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday for a pair of games. Friday’s contest is scheduled to start at 7:00.
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