November 30, 2022
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Iowa Wild ended a six-game road stretch with a two-game win over San Jose, beating the Barracuda 5-3 on Wednesday night. Jesper Wallstedt recorded 31 saves for Iowa in the win. Adam Beckman, Joe Hicketts and Steven Fogarty each had two points for the wild.
Sammy Walker put Iowa first on the board with a power play goal at 14:59 of the first period. Hicketts and Beckman combined to set up Walker, who fired a wrister over the shoulder of Eetu Makiniemi (20 saves) from the right circle for a 1-0 lead.
The Wilden doubled their lead two minutes later with a goal from a man down. After Marco Rossi got the puck into the neutral zone, Joseph Cramarossa ran past two Barracudas before pinching the puck on his backhand and slipping it between Makiniemi’s legs. The goal was Cramarossa’s third in three games and gave Iowa a 2-0 lead.
Iowa carried the 2-0 lead into the first break. Wallstedt made 16 saves in the first period while the Savages fired six shots at the Barracuda goal.
With another power play equalizer after 5:43 in the second third, the Wild extended their lead to three goals. Hicketts fed a pass to Fogarty in the right circle, which Walker used as a screen and found the top right corner of the net.
San Jose got on the scoreboard at 9:48 of the second period thanks to a power play goal from Thomas Bordeleau.
Iowa beat the Barracuda 15-4 in the second period and led 3-1 after 40 minutes.
The Wild regained their three-goal lead at 2:36 of the third period when Mike O’Leary tracked the rebound of a Ty Ronning shot at the onslaught. Andrej Šustr collected his fifth assist of the season in this game
O’Leary’s record proved crucial insurance for Iowa. Danil Gushchin scored just 1:18 later for San Jose and William Eklund made it 4:3 with a one-timer at the 11:47 mark of the third period.
Adam Beckman closed the door for the Wild and found the empty net with 23 seconds remaining to seal the 5-3 win.
The Barracuda outperformed the Wild 34-25 overall. Iowa went 2-on-6 on the power play while San Jose went 1-on-6 with man advantage.
The Iowa Wild return to the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, December 3 for a 6:00 p.m. PT match against the Chicago Wolves
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