The Wolves took to the road to face the Iowa Wild. The different thing about this game? There were fans in attendance. Even some Wolves fans made the trip. The Wolves were coming off a long span of off days, so Coach Warsofsky and company were ready to go.
Both teams came out of the gate hot, with both sides trading back and forth chances. The Wild received the game’s first power play opportunity after a Tanner Jeannot elbowing call. The Wild had some chances but nothing to show for it on the man advantage. The Wolves and Wild had one more power play opportunity each, but nothing came of either chance. The period ended with the Wild outshooting the Wolves 13-9. For the Wolves, Beck Warm played lights out.
The second period started in a similar manner as the first, a flurry of opportunities but the goaltending was impenetrable. Dominik Bokk opened the scoring 3:11 into the second period. The chance was created by the Wild’s Mason Shaw playing with out a stick, allowing the Wolves to cycle the puck in the zone for the opportunity.
After the goal, the Wild shifted their style of play to become more chippy and physical. Cody McLeod and Tanner Jeannot dropped the gloves, opening up Saturday Night Fight Club. There were more hits and scrums throuhgout the whole period. The Wild were gifted more chances on the power play, but were 0-4 due to Beck Warm’s outstanding play.
With roughly four minutes remaining in the middle frame, the shots were even 27-27. The Wolves went back to the power play after a Jarrett Burton hooking call. Off the face off, Jeannot was left open right at the side of the net and put the Wolves up 2-0.
Desperate for a spark, the Wild became even more physical. Philip Tomasino hit Ryan O’Rourke and in retaliation, Dmitrii Sokolov cross-checked Tomasino which sent the Wolves back to the power play. With 15 seconds left in the period, Tomasino was targeted by Matt Bartkowski and a scrum ensued, which took a few minutes to sort out. The result of the scrum meant both teams would lose players.
The high energy continued into the third. Both teams were creating chances. At the 5:26 mark Mitch McLain was called for hooking penalty. The Wolves won the face off, and shortly after Tommy Novak scored on the quick opportunity making it 3-0.
The Wild started to drive more on Warm. The Wolves defense was a little sloppy and committed two penalties, giving Iowa a 5-on-3 opportunity. Beck Warm held his own like he had done all night. The Wolves put the nail in the coffin with a sick dangle from Sheldon Rempal.
Beck Warm recorded his first career AHL shutout as the period came to an end.
The Wolves and Wild were both evenly matched with outstanding goaltending by both sides. The Wolves just capitalized on their opportunities. If the Wolves get up early in the next game, expect the physicality to pick up again.
The Wolves and Wild are back in action on Sunday at 3:00 PM CST. The Wolves will look to take four points in the standings in under 24 hours.