IOWA WILD TAME CHICAGO WOLVES IN 5-1 WIN

November 20, 2022

MATCH REPORT

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Iowa Wild dominated the Chicago Wolves on Sunday afternoon, driving home a 5-1 win thanks to a three-goal breakout in the second period. Steven Fogarty, Mike O’Leary and Ty Ronning each had a goal and an assist for Iowa. Wild goalkeeper Jesper Wallstedt deflected 20 shots to win.

The Wild opened the gate at 3:24 of the first period. After Simon Johansson found Joe Hicketts in the right spot, Hicketts fired a shot that Fogarty redirected past Zachary Sawchenko (31 saves) to give Iowa a 1-0 lead.

Iowa got back on the board with a crisp passing game when their opening power play was up. Nick Swaney received a centering feed from Ronning in the slot and tapped the puck to Mike O’Leary in front of Sawchenko. O’Leary stepped left and lobbed the puck past Chicago’s goaltender to double Iowa’s lead at 11:02 of the first period.

The Wild beat Chicago 13-3 in the first period and led 2-0 at halftime.

Iowa continued to dominate Chicago in the opening minutes of the second period. The Wild went 3-0 up at 11:07 when Sammy Walker scored his seventh goal of the season with a shot that went just over the goal line. Fogarty and Adam Beckman accumulated assists for the game.

The Wild made it 4-0 just 1:14 later when O’Leary circled the back of the Chicago net and found Ronning up front for a tap-in goal.

Chicago finally responded with 15-17 of the second period when Vasily Ponomarev corrupted his own rebound on the power play and defeated Wallstedt to narrow the score to 4-1.

Iowa responded 2:10 to play in the middle frame. After Michael Milne knocked down the Wolves defense, Mitchell Balmas followed a rebound to score his first goal in a Wild uniform.

The Wild led 5-1 and overtook Wolves 26-12 in 40 minutes.

Wallstedt ended a goalless third third with nine saves to earn his second win of the season at the Allstate Arena.

Iowa beat Chicago 36-21. The Wild went 0-to-2 on the power play while the Wolves were 1-to-5 with man advantage.

The Wild takes on the Colorado Eagles on Friday, November 25 at 8:05 p.m

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