MILWAUKEE, WI – The Milwaukee Admirals dealt the Iowa Wild another blow, scoring the final two goals of the game to give Iowa its seventh straight loss, 4-2. The Wild had rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the score, but goals by Rocco Grimaldi and Cole Schneider delivered the victory for the Admirals. Connor Ingram was solid in net for Milwaukee, stopping 23 shots. Adam Beckman had a goal and an assist for Iowa.
In an exciting first period, each team came away with two goals. Milwaukee scored the first two of the contest, starting at 2:08 when Michael McCarron scored his third goal of the year. McCarron gained control of the puck, moving behind the net before passing it out in front to Cole Smith. Smith fired a shot that Wild netminder Dereck Baribeau saved, but the rebound came right back to Smith who fired another shot. Baribeau knocked that down as well. The rebound then came to Mathieu Olivier, who also had an opportunity that Baribeau knocked aside. However, the puck was still loose in the crease area, allowing McCarron to come out from behind the net, gain control of the rebound and fire a wrist shot past Baribeau to give the Admirals the early lead.
Just before the eight-minute mark, Grant Mismash extended the lead to two. Jeremy Davies entered the Wild zone, firing a shot that missed the net, but a fortunate bounce off the boards came to the other side where Mismash sent a wrist shot through the legs of Baribeau for his third goal of the year.
Despite trailing by two, the Wild were getting pressure. Iowa found itself on the power-play when Grimaldi took a high sticking penalty at 10:38. Just 35 seconds later, Marco Rossi scored to cut the deficit to one. Beckman had the puck just above the left face-off circle, passing it back to Calen Addison at the center of the point. Addison then fed the puck to Rossi at the right face-off circle, who blasted a one-timer by Ingram for his fourth goal of the year.
With 51 seconds left in the period, Beckman tied the score. Kyle Rau read a passing attempt inside his own zone perfectly, intercepting the feed and heading the opposite direction on a 2-on-1 break. Rau got the defenseman leaning his way, then passed it across the slot to Beckman, who wristed a shot over the shoulder of Ingram to tie the score at two. For Beckman, it was his fourth goal of the year.
Iowa was back in the game, but Milwaukee controlled play over the final two periods, scoring goals in each frame. The first came at 8:40 in the second on a highlight-reel goal by Grimaldi. Mismash moved the puck down the boards to Grimaldi, who entered the Iowa zone with a lot of speed. As he curled toward the left face-off circle, Grimaldi made an unbelievable spin move, turning 360° before firing a backhander over the shoulder of Baribeau to put Milwaukee back on top.
The Admirals added one more goal 6:44 into the third period. Graham Knott took a shot that was saved by Baribeau, but the rebound came to Davies whose attempt was knocked down by the Iowa goaltender. A wild skirmish to gain control of the loose puck developed, with it eventually squirting to the side to Schneider. He directed the puck toward the far post, knocking it in for his eighth goal of the year. That gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead, which would be the final.
The Admirals outshot Iowa 24-12 over the final two periods, finishing with a 34-25 advantage. Mismash finished with a goal and an assist and Davies had two assists for Milwaukee. Baribeau stopped 30 of 34 shots for the Wild. The loss dropped the Iowa netminder to 0-5-1 over his last six starts.
The Iowa Wild (9-9-3) return home on Tuesday looking to snap their seven-game skid. They welcome Milwaukee (9-12-1) to town. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
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