DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Wild looked like they were going to snap the seven-game win streak of the Milwaukee Admirals, leading by two with two minutes left in the game.
However, Milwaukee rallied behind two goals recorded 45 seconds apart to tie the score before winning in a shootout, 6-5. Rem Pitlick scored two goals and added an assist and Daniel Carr scored the only goal in the shootout to secure the victory.
Milwaukee scored the only goal of the first period when Pitlick netted his fourth goal of the year with the Admirals on the power-play. The first four goals of the game came when one team was on the man advantage. Nico Sturm had been in the penalty box for just 14 seconds when Colin Blackwell made a great move to get the Wild defender down onto the ice to block the shot. Instead, Blackwell made a great backhand pass across the crease to Pitlick, who lifted the puck into the top of the net giving him goals in four straight games.
Milwaukee had dominated the first period, outshooting Iowa 12-6, but things became to change in the second. Sam Anas tied the score with a power-play goal 1:36 into the period. Brennan Menell made a great play to keep the puck in the Milwaukee end. He fired a pass to Kyle Rau, who fed Sam Anas the puck near the right faceoff circle. Anas fired a wrist shot that went through the legs of Troy Grosenick for his fourth goal of the year.
The Admirals responded when Pitlick scored his second power-play goal of the game a little less than three minutes later. Tommy Novak had the puck at the faceoff circle to the left of Iowa goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. He fired a great pass across the crease to Pitlick whose shot looked like it was saved by the Wild netminder, but it crept through his pad to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
Three minutes later it looked like Milwaukee would add to their lead when they went back on the power play, but it would be the penalty-killing unit of the Wild that would generate a goal. An icing call put the faceoff deep in the Admirals end. Rau won the draw back to Matt Bartkowski, who beat the Admirals goalie with a wrist shot from the point that tied the score at two. It was Bartkowski’s first goal of the year.
With eight minutes left in the second, Milwaukee took the lead for the third time in the contest. Iowa had a few great shots on net that Grosenick was able to brush aside. The puck came back to the point, but Yakov Trenin was able to take it away, heading toward the Iowa end on a 2-0n-1 break. He opted to take the shot, beating Kahkonen glove side to make it 3-2 Milwaukee.
The Wild came out of the second break fired up, outshooting Milwaukee 16-11 in the final frame, and that early pressure helped them to take a two-goal lead. Menell tied the score a little over eight minutes into the frame. Anas passed the puck back to Menell at the point. He blasted a shot that Grosenick could not get his blocker in front of for his second goal of the year.
At 9:53, J.T. Brown gave Iowa their first lead of the night. Gabriel Dumont had control of the puck in the corner in the Admirals end. He passed the puck to Cody McLeod behind the net, who quickly passed fed Brown in the slot. Brown fired the shot past the Milwaukee netminder for his third goal of the year and the Wild were on top, 4-3.
A little over two minutes later they were back on the board. Brown’s shot was saved by Grosenkick, but the puck was loose in the Milwaukee crease. Dumont gained control, stepped back before firing a wrist shot that found the top of the net to make it 5-3.
This game looked all but over as the Iowa Wild had taken control of this contest but, in a span of 45 seconds, things changed dramatically. At 18:14, Carr made this a one-goal game. The Wild could not clear the puck out of their own end. Cole Schneider received a pass from Pitlick at the far post, but Kahkonen absolutely robbed the Admirals’ forward on the redirection attempt. Schneider regained control, heading behind the net looking for the wraparound. His attempt was stopped, but the puck was loose and Carr was finally able to knock it in.
Milwaukee pulled Grosenick and got right back on the board at 18:59. Carr passed the puck to Alexandre Carrier at the point, who blasted a shot through traffic that Kahkonen never saw. Carrier’s goal tied the score at five.
Iowa had the only shot of the extra frame, as neither team had any big opportunities to win it. That sent the game to a shootout. Kahkonen and Grosenick each stopped the first two shots. In the third round, Menell beat the Milwaukee goaltender, but his shot hit off the post. Carr then beat Kahkonen to give Milwaukee their eighth straight victory.
Milwaukee finished 2-for-3 on the power play. Pitlick finished with two goals and an assist. Carr, Carrier, and Trenin each had a goal and an assist.
The Wild had six players with multiple points, including Sam Anas who broke out a slump with a goal and an assist. Brown, Menell, Dumont, and Bartkowski also added a goal and an assist as well. Rau had two assists.
The Wild (9-4-4) spring back into action on Saturday night when they welcome the Bakersfield Condors (7-7-1) to town. The opening faceoff is set for 7:00.