WINNIPEG, MB – The season’s first snowfall and cold weather that visited Manitoba’s capital this week was a sure sign hockey season was in full swing. It was even colder inside the MTS Centre as the Iowa Wild came into Winnipeg and swept the Moose in back-to-back games by scores of 1-0 and 3-1.
The baby Wild followed the big brothers in Minnesota as they defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-1 margin as well.
The Wild didn’t wait until overtime like Tuesday night to score their first goal as they pounced in the opening minute of the game tonight as Teemu Pulkkinen scored his fifth of the season to give the visitors a quick 1-0 lead.
Nick Saracino redirected his first of the season into the Moose net and after some discussion, it was called a good goal to give the Wild a quick 2-0 lead.
Jimmy Lodge scored the lone Moose goal on the night as he batted home a Dan DeSalvo feed for his third of the season to give the home crowd something to cheer about.
After a back and forth middle frame with both teams getting a couple of good chances, the score remained 2-1 Wild.
Late in the third with the Moose net empty, Grayson Downing scored his third of the year to give the visitors a 3-1 victory and a sweep of the two-game set.
The Moose looked a bit tired Wednesday night after Tuesday’s thrilling OT game in which they lost.
Eric Comrie made 31 saves in the Moose net, playing his second straight game. Meanwhile, Alex Stalock got the win for Iowa stopping 27 shots.
Quinton Howden was back in the Moose lineup after being reassigned by the Jets.
Manitoba will head out on the road for a three-game set starting this weekend in Milwaukee.