Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Wild (4-2-0-0, 8 points) were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins (4-2-1-1, 10 points) 3-2 in front of 3,825 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. Grand Rapids forward Landon Ferraro scored a shorthanded goal with 35 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking a 2-2 tie and elevating the Griffins to victory. Grand Rapids goalie Tom McCollum (3-0-0) picked up the win with 26 saves. Iowa goalie Darcy Kuemper (2-2-0) suffered the loss with 23 saves, which ended Iowa’s three-game winning streak. Grand Rapids defenseman Nathan Paetsch and forward Luke Glendening also scored in the victory. Iowa center Warren Peters had a goal and an assist, while winger Jason Zucker added a goal. The Wild continues a five-game home stand with Texas at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Grand Rapids claimed a 1-0 lead at 7:12 of the first period, as defenseman Nathan Paetsch scored his first goal of the season. Forwards Corey Emmerton and Teemu Pulkkinen worked the puck around to the Wild blueline. Paetsch snapped a wrist shot through traffic and past goalie Darcy Kuemper for the game’s opening goal. The Griffins made it a 2-0 lead in the last minute of the first period. Luke Glendening zipped into the Iowa zone and snuck around a Wild defender. Glendening beat Kuemper over the shoulder at 19:08 for the two-goal cushion. Pulkkinen and Jeff Hoggan each added an assist on Glendening’s first goal of the year.
Iowa stormed back to even the score just 4:58 into the second period. Forwards Jason Zucker and Warren Peters scored 2:20 apart within the first five minutes of the period to tie the game 2-2. Zucker started the scoring, firing a shot past goalie Tom McCollum at 2:38. Center Warren Peters and defenseman Steven Kampfer each had an assist on the goal. Zucker’s first goal of the year trimmed the Iowa deficit to 2-1. Peters tied the game just 2:20 later with his first goal of the season. Defensemen Brian Connelly and Kyle Medvec each had an assist on Peter’s first goal of the year at 4:58, tying the game 2-2.
Grand Rapids broke a 2-2 tie with 35 seconds remaining in the third period. Corey Emmerton picked off a pass in the Griffins zone and led a rush back into the Iowa zone. Emmerton found Landon Ferraro on the right wing, who then beat Darcy Kuemper with a wrist shot to give the Griffins the eventual 3-2 win at 19:25.
Prior to the game, Iowa General Manager Jim Mill announced that forward David Steckel has been released from a professional tryout agreement (PTO). Steckel played in four games for the Wild, scoring one goal and adding one assist.
The Wild remains at home with the Texas Stars on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:05 PM. Friday night, fans may purchase $2.00 ten-ounce beers, presented by 100.3 The Bus. Fans are also encouraged to bring winter hats, gloves and mittens for the team’s clothing drive. Each fan that brings an item to donate will receive a FREE ticket to an upcoming Iowa Wild home game. On Saturday, the first 2,500 fans will receive an Iowa Wild T-Shirt, presented by 97.3 NASH FM. It is also Ladies Night, featuring special promotions catered towards women and a chance to win lunch with Iowa Wild defenseman Corbin Baldwin. Iowa rounds out its five-game homestand on Sunday, Nov. 3 with the Milwaukee Admirals. Fans may purchase the Subway Family Four Pack for the game, which features four tickets, four hot dogs, four hats, four sodas and Subway coupons starting at $44.
Fans may purchase single game tickets multiple ways, either through the team’s website – www.Iowawild.com, Wells Fargo Arena box office or Dahl’s Ticketing. Tickets are available online at www.iowawild.com under the single game tickets tab. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling 1-866-55-DAHLS (32457) or by visiting one of 13 Dahl’s Food Stores locations in the greater Des Moines area, and in Ames. In order to purchase group tickets (10 or more), please call the Iowa Wild ticketing department at 515-564-8700. Fans interested in buying full season, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700.
The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game. For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.