DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Wild (4-2-0-0, 8 points) were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins (4-2-1-1, 10 points) 3-2 in front of 3,825 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. Grand Rapids forward Landon Ferraro scored a shorthanded goal with 35 seconds remaining in regulation, breaking a 2-2 tie and elevating the Griffins to victory.
Grand Rapids goalie Tom McCollum (3-0-0) picked up the win with 26 saves. Iowa goalie Darcy Kuemper (2-2-0) suffered the loss with 23 saves, which ended Iowa’s three-game winning streak. Grand Rapids defenseman Nathan Paetsch and forward Luke Glendening also scored in the victory. Iowa center Warren Peters had a goal and an assist, while winger Jason Zucker added a goal. The Wild continues a five-game home stand with Texas at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Grand Rapids claimed a 1-0 lead at 7:12 of the first period, as defenseman Nathan Paetsch scored his first goal of the season. Forwards Corey Emmerton and Teemu Pulkkinen worked the puck around to the Wild blueline. Paetsch snapped a wrist shot through traffic and past goalie Darcy Kuemper for the game’s opening goal. The Griffins made it a 2-0 lead in the last minute of the first period. Luke Glendening zipped into the Iowa zone and snuck around a Wild defender. Glendening beat Kuemper over the shoulder at 19:08 for the two-goal cushion. Pulkkinen and Jeff Hoggan each added an assist on Glendening’s first goal of the year.
Iowa stormed back to even the score just 4:58 into the second period. Forwards Jason Zucker and Warren Peters scored 2:20 apart within the first five minutes of the period to tie the game 2-2. Zucker started the scoring, firing a shot past goalie Tom McCollum at 2:38. Center Warren Peters and defenseman Steven Kampfer each had an assist on the goal. Zucker’s first goal of the year trimmed the Iowa deficit to 2-1. Peters tied the game just 2:20 later with his first goal of the season. Defensemen Brian Connelly and Kyle Medvec each had an assist on Peter’s first goal of the year at 4:58, tying the game 2-2.
Grand Rapids broke a 2-2 tie with 35 seconds remaining in the third period. Corey Emmerton picked off a pass in the Griffins zone and led a rush back into the Iowa zone. Emmerton found Landon Ferraro on the right wing, who then beat Darcy Kuemper with a wrist shot to give the Griffins the eventual 3-2 win at 19:25.